https //inys : INYS – Indiana Youth Survey

https //inys : INYS – Indiana Youth Survey

The Indiana Youth Survey at is a biennial survey of students in grades 6-12. The INYS assesses students’ substance use, mental health, gambling, and risk and protective factors that can impact student success.

All public and private schools are invited to participate free of charge, through funding provided by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. The INYS is conducted in the spring of even-numbered years. Participating schools receive a corporation-level report of their students’ responses.

Why is it necessary to schedule the survey during a “ten-week sampling window?”

A single sampling time frame is required for two reasons. First, since drug-use rates among adolescents increase rapidly with age, comparability of data makes it essential that all participating schools are surveyed at the same time. For example, marijuana use more than doubles between 7th and 8th grade

If one school was to survey in April and another was surveyed in October, the rates could not be aggregated for statewide use, and would make any comparisons with state and national rates less reliable. Second, a single sampling time frame greatly reduces the cost of the survey, allowing us to more efficiently use staff

Much of the detail work on local reports is done by doctoral students who work only during the summer. Although schools are not charged for the surveys or standard reports, the project is very expensive, and the costs to the state would more than double if year-round surveys were permitted.

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Why do we need to schedule a survey date before or at least two weeks after our Spring Break?

A. Unfortunately, spring break has become a peak time for binge drinking among Indiana high school students, particularly among those who travel out-of-state. Since the binge drinking question on the survey asks about alcohol use in the two weeks prior to the survey date, scheduling your survey during the two weeks immediately following your spring break would skew your data.

How will my local report be provided?

A. To protect the confidentiality of your data, the IPRC will provide a username and password to the designated contact person. The local report will be available on the INYS website by September of each survey year.

Can we survey only certain grades at our school?

A. School corporations may select the grades to be surveyed, however, national comparison data are collected only for grades 8, 10, and 12. There is no national comparison data available for grades 6, 7, 9, and 11. It is recommended that you include grades 8, 10, and 12 in your plan.

How do we handle parental consent?

A. Please review House Bill 1447 ( and consult with your attorneys

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How much is the cost for the survey?

A. INYS 2024 Survey is free of charge. 2025 is off-year and can provide the survey for your school(s) based on the costs listed below

Number of Schools ParticipatingCost
Up to 10 schools$3,500
With 11 – 20 schools$4,000
With more than 20 schools$4,500

Additional or different level reports require additional cost.