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Contacting Hard-to Find Youth: Strageties for the Post-School Survey

Yearly, approximately 100,000 former students who had an individual education plan (IEP) when they left high school are contacted to participate in a post-school survey. Efforts are made to contact youth who represent a variety of disabilities, as well as, minority youth and those who left high school with a diploma or dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, there are groups of youth who are difficult to contact and who are routinely underrepresented in the post-school survey data (e.g., those students who leave school early). To learn strategies for contacting youth who are hard-to-find, the National Post-School Outcomes Center conducted six focus groups with young adults and their family members in four states. This document summarizes the strategies recommended by youth and their families. Strategies are organized by five common themes. 

Collecting Post-School Outcome Data: Strategies for Increasing Response Rates
NDPC-SD offers practical suggestions to increase the response rate when gathering post-school outcomes data. OSEP approved January 2007.

PSO Data Collection Guide: Training Interviewers
SUNY-Potsdam draws on the New York experience to offer guidance on how to hire and train data collectors to uniformly collect accurate and confidential data. OSEP approved December 2006.

PSO Data Collection and Use:  Teachers as Partners
Cinda Johnson, Ed.D., Seattle University. This paper provides information to assist other states in including teachers as partners in post-school data collection and examination. OSEP approved June 2007

Post-School Outcome Data Collection and Use:  Questions State Data Managers Should Ask
WESTAT-prepared document to assist those involved understand their roles and responsibilities. OSEP approved July 2006.