Survey Scales

Thousands of schools, coalitions, and organizations turn to Search Institute's easy-to-use surveys to help them find out more about the young people they serve. Our surveys:

  • Focus on strengths, supports, and skills that young people need to succeed and overcome challenges
  • Measure intangible qualities that really matter for youth development and education
  • Provide easy-to-understand, actionable information results that can help engage others in your work and increase your impact in the lives of young people
  • Bring young people’s own perspectives and experiences to your planning

Hover over any survey instrument or scale to learn more about what they measure.

 

Developmental Assets Profile

A brief strength-based survey typically used for measuring internal strengths and external supports in your young people and how they change over time.


Attitudes & Behaviors

Provides a broad snapshot in time of your young peoples’ attitudes, behaviors, and experiences.


Youth and Program Strengths

Evaluate your program quality and integrate youth perspectives into your work.

SupportAre your young people surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them?

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X


X

EmpowermentAre your young people valued, safe, and respected?

X


X


X

Boundaries & ExpectationsDo your young people have clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best?

X


X


X

Constructive Use of TimeDo your young people have opportunities - outside of school - to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults?

X


X


X

Commitment to LearningDo your young people have a sense of the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities?

X


X


X

Positive ValuesDo your young people have strong guiding values or principles to help them make healthy live choices?

X


X


X

Social CompetenceDo your young people have the skills to interact effectively with others, to make decisions, and to cope with new situations?

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X


X

Positive IdentityDo your young people believe in their own self-worth and feel that they have control over the things that happen to them?

X


X


X

Risk BehaviorsAre your young people participating in behaviors that compromise a young person’s well being?

 


X


 

Developmental DeficitsAre there negative influences or realities in your young people’s lives that make it more difficult for them to develop healthy, caring, and productive ways?

 


X


 

Thriving IndicatorsAre your young people involved in life-enhancing attitudes and behaviors?

 


X


 

DFC Four Core MeasuresMeasures required of Drug Free Community grantees around specific drug use and perceptions of risk associated with their use.

 


X


 

Physical and Psychological SafetyDo young people feel afraid of bodily harm or emotional bullying while in your program activities or while going to and from your program?

 


 


X

Providing Appropriate StructureIs the program well-run and organized, with sufficient dependability and structure? Do young people know “how things are done here” and what to expect? Do young people feel the program is responding to their needs?

 


 


X

Providing Supporting RelationshipsDo young people have good relationships with adults and other youth in the program?

 


 


X

Providing Opportunities to BelongDo young people feel accepted and welcome, that they “fit in,” that your program is inviting, and that it is a place that values them with all their quirks and imperfections?

 


 


X

Building Positive Social Norms Do youth experience of positive social norms in your program (such as expectations to be helpful, solve conflicts peacefully, and avoid alcohol and other drugs)?

 


 


X

Supporting Efficacy and MatteringHow often do youth have opportunities to feel competent in your program? How often are they invited to do things like contribute opinions or help make decisions about program activities?

 


 


X

Providing Opportunities for Skill BuildingHow much is the program helping young people to grow in their capacities and expertise?

 


 


X

Integrating Family, School, and Community EffortsDoes the program send messages to young people that it is a partner with families, schools, and other programs? Does the program provide opportunities for parents and families to be involved?

 


 


X