Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health
HMN’s data reporting initiatives are designed to facilitate the translation of mental health research into practice on college and university campuses. In order to make the research as useful as possible, the HMN team provides participating institutions with numerous ways to examine their data:
Customized data sets: Participating institutions receive a de-identified data set containing their students’ responses to the survey items. These data are provided in multiple file formats (e.g., SPSS, Stata, and Excel). Institutions also receive spreadsheets containing their students’ responses to open-ended survey questions. To ensure that individuals are able to work efficiently with their campus data, the HMN team also provides access to a comprehensive codebook.
Customized data reports: Participating institutions receive a customized data report with tables and graphs illustrating findings for key survey items and an appendix containing descriptive statistics for other items. These reports include comparisons to the national sample of schools. Examples of the aggregated, national reports are provided below. Institutions receive electronic and hard copies of their customized data reports. Campuses that choose to add custom items to the survey also receive a data report containing the results of those items.
Interactive data interface: Contacts at participating institutions are able to log in to a secure server to further explore their data. In a drop-down menu format, the data interface allows individuals to easily generate graphs and tables for presentations. It is also easy to examine sub-groups of interest, such as differences in depressive symptoms between men and women or undergraduate and graduate students. Instructions for using the data interface can be found here.
Translation of findings to an economic case for services/programs: Participating campus receive a brief customized memo summarizing how their data can be translated to an economic case for student mental health services and programs. For more on the economic case, click here.
The HMN team is always available to provide research consultation and often organizes webinars and other events to promote use of the data.