Parents and Guardians

The Youth Development Instrument (YDI) is a survey that will be used to assess the health and wellbeing of Grade 11 youth in British Columbia. The survey will ask questions about how youth think and feel, about their social connections, and their plans and thoughts about the future.

We have adapted questions from HELP-UBC’s Early (Kindergarten) and Middle Years (Grades 4, 7) Development instruments regarding social and emotional learning, physical and mental well-being, social well-being, and school experiences. We have also included a slate of new questions to account for the fact that note that Grade 11 students are assuming more responsibility in their everyday life, for their health, and for their future, as well as that this comes with a new set of challenges. 

For example, we ask students about peer relationships, extracurricular experiences, health behaviours and experiences, knowledge of and comfort with health services inside and outside of school, civic values, civic engagement, thoughts about society, and their plans and concerns for the future. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also checking in with students about changes in their physical, mental, and social wellbeing, along with strategies they’ve used to cope with challenges during this period.

To learn more, take a closer look at the YDI survey.

The data will be helpful in assessing the health and wellbeing of youth in BC. Through aggregated summary reports for individual school districts and regions, we can look at current well-being for our youth to inform policy-makers and researchers who are interested in developing policies and interventions to improve youth well-being. 

For ethical and privacy reasons, students and parents will not be able to access their own/child’s data. We de-identify YDI data so that we as researchers cannot easily see how individual students answered questions.

The survey is confidential—we will not provide students’ individual responses to teachers, school administrators, parents, peers. Additionally, we de-identify YDI data so that we as researchers cannot easily see how individual students answered questions. The YDI is not anonymous because we collect information about participants which allows us to link their responses to the YDI to other surveys like the EDI and MDI and other health and demographic data sources.

We completely understand and respect your decision to have your child not involved in the study. You can contact our team directly at or return the slip that is attached to the passive consent form. Youth can also withdraw themselves from the study at any point before, during, and after taking the YDI survey.

We are a research team at Simon Fraser University, led by Dr. Hasina Samji, in collaboration with the Human Early Learning Partnership at the University of British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and several school districts across BC.

Surveys will be delivered electronically during a school-day on school computers or youth’s personal devices. While it will differ between schools, the survey delivery will be supervised by a teacher or administrator at the school familiar with the process who can help students complete the survey.

As we complete Phase 2 of our delivery, we will create school-district level reports. We aim to be able to share some findings later this school year.

Please free to reach out to our team directly with questions, feedback or concerns on our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!