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Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Background, Process & Results. Introduction. Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) State-wide effort High schools are randomly selected Conducted every two years. HKCS Survey Design. Module 1: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2005 weighted state sample

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Healthy kids colorado survey

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

Background, Process & Results


Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)

State-wide effort

High schools are randomly selected

Conducted every two years

Hkcs survey design
HKCS Survey Design

Module 1: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • 2005 weighted state sample

  • 2007 un-weighted state sample

  • 2009 weighted state sample

    Module 2: Colorado Supplement

  • Data analysis in process


State Survey Strategic Planning Team

CO Department of Education

CO Department of Public Health and Environment

CO Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health

OMNI Institute

Behaviors measured
Behaviors Measured

Unintentional Injuries and Violence

Tobacco Use

Alcohol and other Drug Use

Sexual Behaviors

Weight Management and Diet

Physical Activity

Purpose applications
Purpose & Applications

Determine prevalence of health-risk behaviors

Monitor behaviors over time

Create awareness

Develop programs and policies

Support health-related legislation

Offer comparison data

Seek funding

Sampling and weighting
Sampling and Weighting

Sampling Framework

Schools selected based on probability proportional to enrollment size

Equal probability classroom sampling


Each response weighted to accurately represent the statewide student population

Response Rates

School-level response rate = 95%

Student-level response rate = 66%

Overall response rate = 62%

2009 sample
2009 Sample

Total Sample Size

1,511 students

36 schools

15 school districts


Notify selected schools

Work with school-level survey coordinator

Randomly select classes

Package surveys for administration

Administer and return the surveys

Analyze survey data

Feedback on process
Feedback on Process

School-level coordinator feedback

93% stated that it took five hours or less to coordinate their school’s effort

86% stated that being the coordinator was easy

100% stated that if their school was selected again, they would participate

2009 yrbs results
2009 YRBS Results

Key findings

Comparison to 2005

Statistically significant differences




Healthy kids colorado survey

Physical Activity

and Nutrition

Healthy kids colorado survey

Alcohol and

Drug Use

Healthy kids colorado survey

Injury and


Healthy kids colorado survey

Sexual Risk


Next steps for hkcs
Next Steps for HKCS

FFY 09-10

  • Colorado YRBS data tables currently available on theCDE website at

  • Fact sheet available in mid-May

  • On June 3 the National YRBS data will be available from the CDC

  • In mid-August the Colorado state report (M1 and M2) will be published

    FY 11-12

  • In Fall 2011, the next state administration!!