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YRBS 2018-2019 Data Collection by the Numbers
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) team conducted its first-ever fall survey administration in 2018, visiting middle schools in Cuyahoga County and middle and high schools in Summit County. The data collected offers an in-depth look at youth risk and health behaviors at a local level. YRBS data is used to evaluate the impact of curriculum and interventions in schools and assess trends in health risk behaviors over time and across regions. This massive undertaking required the time of four core staff members, two project-specific part-time field navigators, and two student interns, as well as a team of volunteer administrators who were required to complete a PRCHN-led training before survey administration. A few numbers illustrate the complexity of the YRBS administration:

Number of schools visited: 133.

Number of classrooms surveyed: 1,613 

Number of students surveyed: 28,452 (before data cleaning).

Number of miles driven by YRBS survey administrators: 
2,620 miles traveled for the Cuyahoga County YRBS administrations.
7,877 miles traveled for the Summit County YRBS administrations

Number of survey administrators trained: 46, including 35 students and 11 Community Health Workers (CHW). 24 of the students and 8 of the CHWs volunteered to administer the survey at least once.

Number of pencils distributed:  ~5,000 (many schools used online survey administration)

Most challenging scheduling day: One high school had students in all 88 classrooms take the survey during the same class period.  
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