District of Columbia Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data are made available only under a special data sharing agreement (known as a Memorandum of Agreement, or MOA) with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). OSSE has promised anonymity to all YRBS student respondents and protection of their data to the fullest extent available by federal and state law. OSSE takes this promise seriously, and it is the basis for this process.
YRBS data are highly sensitive. The combination of census administration, small geographic areas and small student subgroups increases the risk of unmasking of student identity, even absent student names. As a result, OSSE has adopted a policy and procedure for disclosure of YRBS data and imposes rigorous restrictions on YRBS data sharing to enhance the protection of student privacy.
The remainder of this document outlines the materials to submit to apply to receive YRBS data from OSSE. If approval is granted, OSSE will send an MOA to the applicant for institutional review and signature. Our experience is that the process from MOA negotiation to data fulfillment can take months. Requestors should plan accordingly.
Related Content: OSSE Data Request Form