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Denver Youth Survey: Data Release and Policy Findings

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $99,942)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

This application is for the continuation of a long-term research project known as the Denver Youth Survey (DYS). The DYS is a 25+ year longitudinal study of problem and successful behavior over the life course that focuses on delinquency, drug use, victimization, and mental health. The project studies adolescent developmental processes and life experiences that lead to delinquency and other problem behavior with a goal of suggesting the nature and timing of prevention and intervention programs and identifying precursors to and outcomes of juvenile justice system involvement. The goal of this project is to successfully complete the archiving of data from DYS at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)to ensure it is available for public use.

Archiving the original DYS data from Waves 1 through 5 (1988-1992) was completed under a previous grant, and work on archiving Waves 6 through 11 (1995-2003) was initiated. Under this application, the researchers will archive Waves 6 through 11 (1995-2003) which includes interviews both with youth and parents. In addition, work will be completed on preparing and archiving DYS arrest history information (from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation) and mental health assessment data.

The researchers at the University of Colorado will continue to coordinate with NACJD regarding procedures for the transfer of the data, and establishment of protocols for data sharing with qualified researchers that would ensure the protection of human subjects and safeguard their privacy. This collaborative effort between the University of Colorado and NACJD will substantially increase the utility of the data and potential yield of secondary analysis, particularly with respect to cross-site comparison of key variables, data aggregation, and examination of lower frequency variables/occurrences.


Date Created: September 18, 2014