The Guatemala Youth Survey (GYS) was led by the Government of Guatemala in 2019. The GYS report was launched in November 2023.
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance led the survey with support from the International Organization on Migration (OIM), the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, USAID Central America Regional Security Initiative, and USAID Guatemala.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was engaged during the survey planning and protocol development phases. The core questionnaire from the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) was adapted to the country context and the survey was conducted in Spanish and four Mayan languages.
Unlike the VACS, the GYS is a convenience sample survey and the data is not nationally representative. However, due to the large sample size, data yields important and valuable information about the experiences of adolescents and young adults who participated in the survey to inform country priorities.
Data to Action workshops bring together stakeholders from multiple sectors to review survey findings and identify priority issues shown by the data, as well as possible strategies for addressing those issues.
The workshop is a step in a longer process of translating the survey results into meaningful prevention and response policies and programs.