Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source Information

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) and Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source), are Colorado’s widely-administered surveys on the health and well-being of young people and school health policies and practices that support youth health. Data from HKCS and Smart Source are complementary and can be used together to provide a more complete picture of youth and school health. Check out this video to learn more!
The surveys, conducted in the fall of odd-numbered years, are supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and an advisory group of state and local partners. The surveys are administered by a team of researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  

CDPHE analyzes aggregated statewide and regional survey results, while the CSPH Survey Team aids schools and districts with accessing and interpreting their local results.

Learn more about the Smart Source Survey, including methodology, use of data, and how this resource complements the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

Smart Source Survey

Statewide and regional data:
  • Interactive Data Dashboard featuring state and regional results from 2013-2021

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Instrument Refinement Process for 2023

CDPHE leads a collaborative survey instrument refinement process, where you can weigh in on adding or modifying questions on both the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source.
Through this process, we've engaged with Colorado youth, parents and guardians, school administrators, and people who work at local and state organizations to make our instruments better.
New questions are assessed for survey fit, equity considerations, shared interest among partners, and if the data will be actionable. Final decisions on the statewide surveys are made by our steering committee, who relies heavily on your input.

Submit 2023 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Recommendations

Submit 2023 Smart Source Recommendations

2021 HKCS Information: 
2020 HKCS Supplement: COVID-19

During the fall of 2020, middle and high schools that participated in HKCS in 2019 were invited to participate in a small, supplemental administration to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health of young people.

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