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Prevention Strategies & Programs

The Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) is a collaborative effort conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Office of Drug Control Policy, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning in the Department of Human Rights. The Iowa Department of Public Health is the lead agency and hosts the IYS website.

The IYS has been administered in Iowa since 1975 but has undergone significant changes over time. Since 1999, the survey has been administered to almost all of the 6th, 8th, and 11th grade students in the state. As a result, the IYS has become a "census" survey that reflects the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of Iowa youth.

Summary Reports

IYS reports list responses to every question on the survey, providing total percentages and breakdowns by grade and gender. The data have been reported in various ways to meet the needs of state, regional, and local planners.

Reports in the following categories are available on the IYS website:

  • State of Iowa
  • Counties
  • Judicial Districts
  • Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Planning Regions
  • Area Education Agencies

District Report

The Iowa Department of Public Health sends individual district reports directly to districts. For more information, contact Pat McGovern at

If you are not a district employee, but are interested in having access to the IYS report for a particular district, contact the district directly to request a copy of the report.