On this page you will find information about data sources (primarily surveys) used to collect data on underage drinking at the local level. Details include a description of the data source, methods and sample, geographic level, survey instrument and questions and data and analysis tools.
The Community Underage Drinking Assessment is a tool for coalitions to use to measure what adults know and feel about underage drinking in their community.
Communities that Care is a coalition-based community prevention survey tool that uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors including underage drinking, tobacco use, violence, delinquency, school dropout and substance abuse.
The Prevention Needs Assessment measures a wide variety of attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions that are related to alcohol, tobacco, and drug use along with violent and problem behaviors. The PNA also monitors the percent of students that have used or are currently using alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs; along with the percent who are participating or have participated in violent and other problem behaviors.
This survey offered by the Core Institute quantifies and documents college students' attitudes, perceptions, and opinions about alcohol and drugs (AOD). The survey also measures the behaviors of actual AOD use and consequences of use.
One of the basic steps in coalition work is assessing community readiness to work on the substance abuse issue identified by the coalition. The TriEthnic Survey is a process of key informant interviews and scaling that enables coalitions to determine what areas of their community they need to work on to ensure community readiness.
Risk and protective factor-focused prevention is grounded in the public health approach to planning of using data-based predictors of problem behaviors and positive outcomes. Understanding and identifying risk and protective factors helps coalitions and communities understand what they can do to prevent problem behavior and promote healthy development among children, adolescents, and young adults.
Key informant interviews can provide in-depth qualitative data to help you to better understand the meaning of quantitative population data from surveys and archival risk indicators.
Like key informant interviews, focus groups also provide qualitative data to help you to better understand the meaning of quantitative data, or explore risk factors in more depth.