Survey Research

Looking Glass Analytics maintains expertise in all phases of survey research including: project administration, data collection, sample design, questionnaire development, data analysis, report writing. We also have built an online platform for delivering survey results to the public and/or securely to authenticated users. This platform is customized to the content and reporting needs of each client. An example of this platform can be found at is an online service designed to access, analyze and disseminate data from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). Via the web site, access to State and county-level HYS results are public and available to anyone, while school district and building level results are available only to authenticated users. The system will suppress any data that has the potential to compromise participating students' anonymity.  LGAN designed and deployed the web service in 2007 and continues to host and update the service when new data are acquired or reports are created.

Results from the biennial survey years 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and soon 2012, are available on the web site in the following formats:

  • Fact Sheets: a set of 1-page, pre-formatted reports on various adolescent behavior topic areas such as, alcohol use, bullying, and diet. Each report contains trended and some state comparisons.
  • Reports: an archive of 15-25 page frequency reports for all of the questions asked on the survey. Also includes statewide analytic reports with survey information and trend results.
  • Q x Q Analysis: an interactive data query system. The Q x Q allow users run analysis and produce results that answer questions they have about adolescent student behaviors.

The survey results are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human service agencies, and state agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track progress on state and federal education and health-related goals. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey may be used to identify trends in patterns of behavior over time. State-level results may also be used to compare national and other state-level results. State agencies, local health jurisdictions, county prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policies and programs that serve youth.

Administering the 2012 Healthy Youth Survey

LGAN was awarded the contract to administer the 2012 HYS survey to over 1000 schools across Washington State.  This involves school recruitment and registration, shipping and receiving of survey booklets to and from over 1000 schools, and processing/scanning over 200,000 completed surveys.  The scanned reslts are used to produce analytic reports for particpating schools and school districts, create an analytic data set for researchers, and serve as the data supporting the web site.

The Healthy Youth Survey represents a collaborative effort among the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), the Department of Commerce (Commerce), the Family Policy Council (FPC), the Liquor Control Board (LCB), and contractors, Looking Glass Analytics and Rainier Theory.

To learn more or use the public access component of, please visit

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