The Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition is pleased to present the results of the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNAS) that was conducted with 8th, 10th and 12th grade students in Springfield Public Schools in April 2016. The coalition took the lead in planning the survey administration, with support from individual coalition community members and from community agencies, including Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Partners for Healthier Communities, the Springfield Department of Health & Human Services, Tapestry Health, New North Citizens Council, MLK Jr Family Services, and the Springfield Police Department (South End & Forest Park C3 Units).
We offer the data with the following clarification. Student data is most useful when looked at in terms of trends seen over time. Springfield is in the early stages of establishing this type of trend data. Student survey results can be affected by a variety of factors, including student truthfulness, student confidence in survey confidentiality and the number and representativeness of students who are in school on the day that the survey is administered. Bach-Harrison, who developed the survey and produced city-wide and individual school reports from the data, used standardized protocols to delete survey responses that appeared to be untruthful. These protocols are described in the introduction to the survey report. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the survey administration or validity measures.
The Stop Access Coalition is excited to be working with the Springfield Public Schools and other community partners to establish trend data with increasing validity over time. We look forward to exploring trends that emerge in the years ahead which should assist us in program planning and evaluation to support Springfield youth. The PNAS data show that there is a lot of work that we as a coalition and community can do to support Springfield youth in staying drug free and becoming healthy, successful adults. These data offer important insights into future directions for our work.
For more information, please contact Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition Coordinator, Sharon Hall-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 413-733-9024.