Using Results

Conducting the survey and receiving the official reports summarizing the results are just the first steps in the data-driven decision making process to improve program, school, and community efforts to better support and meet the needs of youth. The next step is to thoroughly review the CHKS Guidebook to Data Use and Dissemination (pdf).

This section provides tips for understanding, presenting, and using the data; links to workshops that are available; examples of reports that schools have created to disseminate their results; and testimonials on how the data have made a difference. In addition, there is a resource library of topical factsheets, reports, and other publications that analyze the survey results, the relationship between health and academic achievement, and the results to create a system of supports to promote resilience and positive youth development.

"CHKS data was instrumental during the community-wide planning process as part of a US Dept of Education grant to reduce alcohol abuse. This data was presented at youth and adult co-led town hall meetings and parent education meetings to discuss the high-risk teen alcohol use problem. This data was also used during annual community drug prevention coalition strategic planning meetings."

Marian Gage, Butte County OE

News & Highlights

  • CHKS Is Part of New California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System The CHKS is part of a comprehensive learning supports data system developed by WestEd for the California Department of Education that also includes the California School Climate Survey and California School Parent Survey, which provide comparable data from school staff and parents.
  • Finding data for your planning and funding proposals just got a whole lot easier!CHKS Direct provides easy access to CHKS data on bullying/harassment, dating violence, depression, alcohol/other drug use, nutrition, school safety, and connectedness to school. Data for school districts and counties statewide are available by gender and grade level - and, in some cases, by race/ethnicity. Results can be viewed as maps, tables, and graphs. CHKS Direct is the result of a partnership between WestEd and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health's kidsdata.org website.”