Surveys / Parent FAQ

Is Your Child Taking a Search Institute Survey? Let us Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

Data Security

Individual Data and Consent

Reporting

Survey Questions


Data Security

How will Search Institute use the data that is collected?
Search Institute does not use data for any purposes outside of what is listed in the parental fact sheet and consent letter. The school, program, or organization using the survey will only be able to see an aggregated report of their survey results. These reports are typically used for strategic planning or evaluating the effectiveness of programs.
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Individual Data and Consent

How is my child's data presented?
All survey participants are aggregated so resulting reports will only show results at the overall organization and by select subgroups, such as gender. The latter requires that a minimum number is met as to ensure anonymity.

Which demographic breakdowns are included?
In the final report, percentages are generally reported by total group, gender, and grade. In order for the report to include this information, a particular group will need to have at least 10 participants. For example, if there are less than 10 male participants we would not provide any results for males.

What is a school or youth-serving organization able to see about my child?
Our surveys are presented in an aggregated format. No information about how a child answered specific questions will be shared.
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Can individual data ever be made available?
Not without your consent. Individual data can be made available with a few of our surveys, and in doing so, active consent is a requirement. As a parent, you will have to “opt-in” if individual results are to be used. If you have granted permission to release your child’s individual data, administrators of a school or organization will only see basic demographic information such as gender, grade, and scores on low-risk scales, such as commitment to learning and constructive use of time.

Are the surveys anonymous and confidential?
Surveys are confidential and most of the time anonymous. Youth may be asked to place an ID (commonly a student number) on the survey to allow the researchers to match a pre- and post-survey; however, the organization administering the survey will let all parents know if this is the case.

Can we look at individual students’ experiences of Developmental Assets?
The Developmental Assets Profile does have an option for reporting individual developmental asset results; however, the organization using that survey must seek active consent from parents prior to administering the survey. This survey does not contain any risk behavior questions or otherwise sensitive questions.
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Reporting

Will the report be shared with me?
We strongly encourage schools, programs, and other organizations to share their survey reports with parents as well as youth participants. We hope that you will have access to the report and be part of discussions to improve services for youth.
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Survey Questions

Can I see the questions?
We ask schools, programs, and other organizations that are using our surveys to provide a hard copy of the questions at their office for your review. Full copies of the surveys are not shared digitally.

Why does Search Institute ask questions related to sexual activity and use of protection?
Only one survey contains a question of this nature. The primary reason we ask these questions is based on the same thoughts and reasoning behind asking about the other variety of high-risk behaviors, and that is in order to help schools and other organizations understand the extent of these problems in their communities, as well as how building Developmental Assets can help prevent those problems.

Why do you ask certain questions in the surveys?
The questions reflect the research that Search Institute and other experts are doing in the field of positive youth development. All surveys are grounded in the Developmental Assets and Developmental Relationships frameworks, which are both strengths-based.
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