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 NEW -- Needs Assessment Survey Results: Emergency Operation Plans

The mission of CDPS is to keep Colorado communities safe, and the CSSRC has a wildly important goal in FY 20 to support this mission by increasing schools’ preparedness for emergencies. In conjunction with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the CSSRC surveyed schools statewide in order to establish a baseline of schools with exercised emergency operations plans (EOP), and facilitate a plan to increase the number of schools engaged in emergency operational planning at the local level. Below is the report that the Compliance and Professional Standards Office did of the school safety survey responses.

Needs Assessment Survey Results: Emergency Operation Plans (October 2019) (PDF – 259 kB).

Center for State Data Support (State Technical Assistance and Reporting Center)

  • Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of this Center is to provide data support services to benefit states related to the collection and reporting of data, the adoption of effective data measures, and assisting states in overcoming barriers to quality data collection efforts.
  • The Center provides training and technical assistance to states in collecting and reporting data to ED, and develops and provides materials to support training and technical assistance activities.
  • Contact: Molly Scotch Budman - Program Officer Email:

Colorado Children's Campaign

  • Kids Count is a national and state-by-state project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. The Colorado Children's Campaign produces Kids Count in Colorado! as part of that project. Ours is an annual data initiative to assess and share information about the well-being of Colorado's children and trends that are impacting their lives. The report is designed to provide user-friendly state and county data.

Colorado Department of Education Data & Accountability

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

  • In the fall of every odd year, CDE conducts a statewide survey of risk and protective factors of Colorado teens.  The results assist in identifying program and funding priorities, and assessing progress in prevention efforts in schools. This survey, a combination of the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Youth Survey, is called the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.
  • Starting in fall 2015, any school will be able to participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey free of charge. To learn more, visit: or Email:
  •  2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Results  (PDF – 1.2 MB).

LGBT Students Climate Survey Results for Colorado

  • Findings from the 2007 National School Climate Survey and information about the LGBT community in schools.

Positive Youth Development

  • Created by the Colorado Youth Development Team (CYDT). The CYDT is a public-private partnership of youth; young adults; community leaders; youth-serving professionals; and adults who live with, care for or care about young people that raises awareness, promotes, enhances and unites positive youth development (PYD) efforts and strategies across the State of Colorado.
  • CYDT defines PYD as an approach, not a program, that guides communities in developing, implementing & evaluating their services, opportunities & supports so that all young people can be engaged & reach their full potential. PYD is dependent on the use of seven principles: strengths-based, youth engagement, youth-adult partnerships, cultural responsiveness, inclusive of ALL youth, collaboration & sustainability.
  • In 2008-2009, CYDT conducted research on the policies & practices that support and prohibit PYD in Colorado (Published 2010)
  • Full Report
  • Executive Summary

Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Colorado


National Research Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Child Trends

  • Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our team of experts brings together a range of educational, work, policy and cultural experiences to provide cutting-edge research on issues affecting children from birth to early adulthood. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations.
  • Child Trends’ education research focuses on how children and youth can flourish in school. We examine supportive characteristics of the individual, the school, and the family to improve student outcomes and prevent drop out. Areas of research expertise include: non-academic competencies; college and workplace readiness; school climate; family strengths and involvement in education; character education; social and emotional learning; dropout prevention and recovery; charter schools and other school choice initiatives; place-based initiatives to improve educational outcomes; afterschool and summer learning; and educator effectiveness. We also offer technical assistance, including assistance with survey and measure development, synthesizing research, data analysis, policy analysis, program evaluation, reviews of best practices and initiatives to identify what works and what doesn’t.

Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools

  • Findings from the School Survey on Crime and Safety

Education Commission of the States

  • The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long-range strategic thinking.

GLSEN Research for Schools

  • GLSEN's Research Department supports the organization's mission by conducting original research, making evaluations of GLSEN programs and initiatives, and creating resources that document anti-LGBT bias in education (K-12 schools). The department also provides research-related technical assistance and tools designed to be used by educators and students in their own communities.

Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap

  • By Charles E. Basch.  An Equity Matters: Research Review No. 6, published in March 2010, by A Research Initiative of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018

  • Published June 2018
  • A joint effort by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources—the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, EDFacts, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions.

Monitoring the Future Research

National Commision on Children and Disasters

National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, 2012

  • Study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, based on survey conducted by the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland.
  • 60% of high school students report that drugs are used, kept, or sold on their school grounds.

National Survey on Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV)

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

  • Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this is an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. Both the reports and detailed tables present national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products as well as mental disorders.

National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)   

  • The NYTS was designed to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. The NYTS also serves as a baseline for comparing progress toward meeting selected Healthy People 2020 goals for reducing tobacco use among youth.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Statistical Briefing Book

  • These tools give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics and allow them to create tables on juvenile populations, arrests, court cases, and custody populations.
  • The SBB offers easy access to a wealth of information about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the SBB provides timely and reliable answers to questions OJJDP most frequently receives from media, policymakers, and the general public.

Pew Research Center: Internet and Technology

Pride Surveys

  • Pride Surveys were created in 1982 by professors at Georgia State University in Atlanta and Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Their purpose was to help local schools measure student alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Pride surveys now measure behavior on many crucial issues that affect learning: family, discipline, safety, activities, gangs, and more.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  •  Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 5. The Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 5: Indicators as measured through the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, is one of a series of national, regional, and state reports that provide a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States. The reports present a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), sponsored by SAMHSA. This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. This data includes the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking. The report also highlights the percentages of those who seek treatment for these conditions. Access state barometer reports.

Understanding Evidence Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence: A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence Effectiveness

  • This report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Understanding Evidence, Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence, aims to explain the purpose and meaning of the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness, a tool that was developed to facilitate a common understanding of what the best available research evidence means in the field of violence prevention. This Continuum also serves to provide common language for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in discussing evidence-based decision making.
  • Increasing emphasis has been placed on the importance of evidence-informed prevention strategies and evidence-based decision making. Definitions of what constitutes “evidence” have been debated, but most agree that evidence is extremely important for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers charged with the task of making decisions around the funding and implementation of violence prevention strategies. 

U.S. Department of Education Data & Research

  • Information on education-related data and research.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

  • The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys. YRBS studies are conducted every two years among high school students throughout the United States. These surveys monitor health risk behaviors including unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity.

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