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Core Indicators and Measures of Youth Health

Vision

Individuals and organizations in Canada who conduct, or make use of, surveillance and evaluation data will voluntarily adopt Core Indicators and Measures (CIM) of Youth Health consistently.

Why Core Indicators and Measures?

Across Canada, there is strong interest in tracking a common, comparable set of indicators over time for both student health and comprehensive school health. Use of consistent measures to generate and report comparable indicators can:

  • more rapidly advance our knowledge of what types of interventions work in different settings with different populations
  • help inform change (for example, program and policy decisions)
  • minimize duplication and reduce burden on respondents (for example, schools) by coordinating our efforts

Adopting core indicators and measures (CIM) can minimize duplication and reduce burden on respondents by coordinating our efforts. Our hope in producing the CIM of Youth Health is that that individuals and organizations in Canada who conduct, or make use of, surveillance and evaluation data will voluntarily and consistently adopt the CIM of Youth Health as they have been developed, each time measurement occurs.

What are the Core Indicators and Measures of Youth Health?

Core Indicators and Measures were developed for Tobacco Control and Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour.

For each topic, a group of experts developed two sets of core indicators and measures:one for use with youth respondents (aged 10-19) and another for use with school health teams/administrators when assessing aspects of the school setting.

They can be implemented independently or together.

The CIM of Youth Health were designed to

  • capture a minimal amount of information
  • be used as standardized sets of measures (questions) and indicators that would be reported on publicly to enable comparison
  • be used on their own or integrated into other data collection tools
  • be suitable for multiple implementation methods
  • have some flexibility

The CIM of Youth Health Tobacco Control and Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour modules were pilot tested during the Spring of 2012. The CIM were then refined based on testing outcomes and revised Implementation Guides are now available.