Research Tools

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention has a variety of research tools that were developed utilizing our interdiscplinary approach to child injury prevention science.  The following survey instruments have been used in CIRP studies described in published scientific articles. To request a specific measure, please Contact Us.

Child Passenger Safety Research Tools

Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)
The validated PCPS survey instrument can be used to collect information about circumstances surrounding motor vehicle crashes and to identify injuries in children. The questionnaire asks about demographics and restraint information for drivers and passengers, as well as circumstances surrounding the motor vehicle crash. Information gathered from the survey can accurately determine the body regions and severity of any injuries present. The injury portion of the instrument is not specific to motor vehicle crashes and can be asked about any mechanism.

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Read key results on the injury-specific portion of the PCPS survey.

National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS)
The validated NCOSS survey instrument can be used to collect information about circumstances surrounding motor vehicle crashes and to identify injuries in children. It is an updated version of the previously used PCPS survey. The questionnaire asks about demographics and restraint information for drivers and passengers, as well as circumstances surrounding the motor vehicle crash. Information gathered from the survey can accurately determine the body regions and severity of any injuries present. The injury portion of the instrument is not specific to motor vehicle crashes and can be asked about any mechanism.

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Post-injury Care and Recovery Research Tools

Concussion Survey
The concussion survey instrument was designed for healthcare providers of pediatric concussion patients. It includes multiple-choice, Likert-scale, and free-text questions. The items ask about demographics, self-reported knowledge about concussion, concussion management practices, and barriers to certain aspects of concussion management.

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Read key results.


Teen Driver Safety Research Tools

National Young Driver Survey (NYDS)
The National Young Driver Survey was created to learn about the adolescent perspective on driving safety in order to provide a better understanding of factors that influence teens' safety and exposure to driving hazards. The survey asks participants varied driving-related questions to discover their views regarding and exposure to risk and safety, both as a driver and as a teen-driven passenger. In early 2006, the survey was administered to a nationally representative sample of 5,665 9th, 10th, and 11th graders in 68 public high schools in 34 states.

Read key results:

Driving: Through the Eyes of Teens (2007)
Driving Through the Eyes of Teens: A Closer Look (2009)
Parents Teaching Teens to Drive: The Adolescent Perspective (2011)
Associations Between Parenting Styles and Teen Driving, Safety-related Behaviors, and Attitudes