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ABOUT STATE OF THE STATES
The State of the States: 2013 Report presents results from the fifth administration of the State of the States Survey. The Safe States Alliance conducts this data collection activity on a biennial basis to develop a comprehensive picture of the status of U.S. state health department injury and violence prevention programs over time.
The 2013 State of the States Survey was developed and reviewed by Safe State staff members, an evaluation consultant, and a workgroup comprised of state injury and violence prevention program directors. Most questions have remained throughout iterations; however, some questions were updated to improve clarity. Additionally, several new questions were added to the 2013 administration to better align the survey with the six core components.
The 2013 State of the States Survey was administered from November 2013 – February 2014, and collected data on the status of programs in Federal Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013). A total of 41 states participated in the 2013 State of the States Survey. However, not all states responded to all survey questions; therefore, the number of states responding to each question varies, as noted in figures, tables, and text throughout the document.
In most states, the state health officer appoints a staff person to serve as the state’s designated Safe States Alliance representative. In these cases, the 2013 survey was sent to this state representative. In states without a designated Safe States Alliance representative, the state injury and violence prevention program was contacted to identify the appropriate person to complete the survey. The Safe States Alliance sent each state representative/survey respondent an email containing a link to the online survey. A copy of the survey was also included as an attachment to the email. Participating states completed the survey online or sent the Safe States Alliance a completed hard copy. If a hard copy was submitted, Safe States Alliance staff entered the data into the survey database.
Special considerations regarding the data presented are as follows:
- Results within the report are organized around each of the six core components identified by the Safe States Alliance as essential elements that describe the capacity of a comprehensive state public health injury and violence prevention program.
- Some questions, such as those about injury and violence prevention program staff, were asked at the individual level instead of the state level. For these questions, exact numbers are referenced in figures, tables, and document text.
- Totals on graphs and charts may not add up to 100% due to rounding and occurrences in which respondents could select more than one survey option (i.e., “check all that apply”).
- Unless noted otherwise, all reported results reflect the status of state injury and violence prevention programs in Federal Fiscal Year 2013 (FFY 2013).
The results presented in this report were analyzed using the statistical software, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 16.0, SAS Enterprise Guide 5.1, and ArcGIS 10.1.