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PAYS Survey Design & Implementation

Projects with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

The PAYS survey outcomes provide school officials and local coalitions information about students' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. PAYS is the primary tool in Pennsylvania's prevention approach. School officials use the data to guide prevention education and activities and to assess the effectiveness of their prior efforts.

Questions on the survey are asked across four domains: community, school, family, and peer/individual. By assessing the community and environment for potential problems, school officials can determine where potential problems exist that can impact the students' readiness to learn.

The oversight and evaluation of the 2013 implementation of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) resulted in 200,657 responses to the survey by students in over 891 schools in 354 school districts across the Commonwealth. PAYS has been implemented by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) since 1989. The 2013 PAYS implementation was funded by PCCD and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The State Report and county reports are available on the PAYS website

The design and development of the 2015 PAYS survey instrument is underway. Schools have received information about participating in the 2015 PAYS survey administration in Spring 2015. A list of schools who are participating is available on the PAYS website