YDEKC’s survey tools help our members measure what matters


For the past several years, YDEKC has focused on identifying the key skills and dispositions that contribute to young people’s success in school, work, and life. The Youth Engagement, Motivation, and Beliefs Survey was developed to provide youth programs with information on the development of these skills and dispositions in the youth they serve. It includes survey scales targeting the following areas: Academic Identity, Future Orientation, Mindsets, Self-Management, Interpersonal Skills, and Cultural Identity (NEW module in 2016).

For younger children, YDEKC has used survey items developed by Child Trends. The Child Trends Student Survey is intended to provide programs with information on the development of select skills and dispositions in the children they serve. It includes survey scales targeting the following areas: Academic Self-Efficacy, Mastery Orientation, Self-Control, and Persistence.

In addition, both surveys ask young people to reflect on their experiences in programs with items that probe their sense of belonging and engagement in program activities. The youth survey also includes a series of questions about the effects of the program on their academic behaviors and self-management skills.

*Click here to see sample versions of the surveys*

As of Spring 2016, YDEKC is making both surveys available to our member organizations upon request. Please visit the links below for more information:

For more information about YDEKC’s survey work, please contact Sarah Terry.