Prevention Toolkit Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Button Familiarize yourself with the Fairfax County Prevention Toolkit, what it is, why it was developed, how it relates to the Fairfax County Youth Survey, and more.

What is the Prevention Toolkit?

The Prevention Toolkit is a web-based instrument designed by the Prevention Unit of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  It provides guidance on how to effect change in our communities.  Using the Fairfax County Youth Survey as the main source of data, the toolkit provides a way to understand the challenges faced by our youth and how the community can take action.

Why was the Prevention Toolkit developed?

The Prevention Toolkit was developed to give community groups, faith-based communities, community leaders and others a way to disseminate the Fairfax County Youth Survey to a wide audience of interested stakeholders.  It is also intended to help Fairfax County residents plan ways to initiate prevention activities in the community.

What is the Fairfax County Youth Survey?

The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey that examines the risks and protective factors, behaviors, and other factors that influence the health and well-being of our county’s youth.  The survey is administered to Fairfax County Public Schools 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders.

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Why do we conduct the Fairfax County Youth Survey?

The results of the survey provide a snapshot of our youth in Fairfax County and also serve as a barometer of our own effectiveness as a community in fostering healthful choices in our young people.  The survey gives parents, youth, and community members a sense of our challenges and our strengths and how to build upon those strengths.

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Who should use the Prevention Toolkit?

The Prevention Toolkit can be used by anyone who would like to review the Fairfax County Youth Survey results and share them with others.  The toolkit is also designed to be used by any person or group who wants to take action in their community that may lead to better health outcomes.  The Prevention Toolkit Step-By-Step Guide is specifically designed with instructions on how to use the materials and how to take next steps to increase protective factors and lower risk factors among our youth.  

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Do I need to use all the pieces in the Prevention Toolkit?

No, the Prevention Toolkit is designed for users to pick and choose the parts that best meet their needs.  Some users may use all of the information; others may only use a few parts.   Prevention Staff can help you determine the most relevant pieces of the Toolkit to help you achieve your goals.

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Do I need a lot of resources to take the steps outlined in the Prevention Toolkit?

This will depend on your desired outcomes and what steps you want to take to achieve those outcomes.  Some activities require very few resources; others may take more.  Visit Take Action for further information.

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Where can I get more information or assistance with the resources in the Prevention Toolkit?

Visit Prevention Toolkit Support for assistance on gathering information, planning a forum or starting a program in your community.

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Where can I get further information about the Fairfax County Youth Survey?

Guides and Frequently Asked Questions will provide information on the administration of the survey and how the results are used.  Visit to view data results, videos, Fact Sheets and the survey instruments.

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Where can I get further information about Fairfax County’s Prevention Initiatives?

Visit Fairfax County's Prevention System.

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