Our School and Youth Survey Team administers the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) and Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source). These surveys are supported by four state agencies, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the Colorado Department of Public Safety with input from numerous stakeholder organizations.

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) 


HKCS is Colorado’s only comprehensive survey on the health and well-being of young people. The purpose of the HKCS is to better understand youth health and what factors support youth to make healthy choices. In 2011, the state combined several surveys and launched this unified health survey. The HKCS is administered every fall of odd years. Middle and high schools are randomly selected to participate; however, any secondary school may opt-in. The HKCS produces state and regional estimates while providing school- and district-level results to those who participate. Regional and state estimates are available on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website.

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source)


Smart Source is an inventory of best practices in school health used to inform school, district, and statewide programs and policies to support the health of young people in Colorado. Smart Source was developed in 2013 as a streamlined survey of school health. The survey is administered during the fall of odd years, completed once per school by staff members. All K-12 schools are eligible to participate. Smart Source provides school and district results back to participants that include comparisons to the region and state. Regional and state aggregates are publicly available and can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.

School and Youth Survey Team

The School and Youth Survey Team recommends the use of HKCS and Smart Source data together, such that communities can determine the health needs of their young people through HKCS and identify responsive best practices to implement in schools through Smart Source. 

Our team prepares and shares results from the HKCS and Smart Sources for audiences ranging from the general public to academic researchers. We provide results to participating schools and districts and provide assistance understanding terminology and interpreting results. We are available to deliver customized presentations and trainings to schools and districts using local, regional, and state data. Our team also conducts research with the data on a variety of topics such as youth substance use, mental health, school connectedness, and school health policies. We present our findings through various formats including state and national conferences, data briefs, and peer-reviewed research manuscripts. 

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