RHYTTAC National Needs Assessment Survey

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is working with the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to conduct a National Needs Assessment Survey. We encourage grantee organizations to participate in this web-based online survey. Your organization’s participation is voluntary, but strongly encouraged.   

Purpose of the Survey

The National Needs Assessment Survey is administered annually to all Runway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantee organizations. The goal of the survey is to identify training needs for RHY grantee organizations in a variety of areas and to assess the utilization and experiences with existing Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provided by the RHYTTAC. FYSB will use the results of the survey to identify priorities for TTA for the following year and how to continue to support grantee organizations in improving outcomes for youth. Completing the survey also helps ensure that RHYTTAC’s services best meet the needs of your organization. This will lead to new and adapted TTA resources available to RHY grantee organizations in the future.

Administering the Survey

Representatives from provider organizations will complete the survey using an online web form. RHYTTAC will distribute a link to the webform to provider agencies. Each grantee organization should submit only ONE National Needs Assessment survey. Otherwise, we will not be able to use information from multiple surveys completed for the same organization.

To ensure the success of the survey’s administration, grantee organizations should take the following steps before completing the survey:

  1. Identify a diverse representation of program staff (i.e., executive leaders, clinicians, program managers, and direct service staff) to participate in the process.
  2. Schedule a meeting or plan to use existing meeting structures to discuss completion of the survey. Review the survey questions found HERE.
  3. Share a copy of the survey tool with staff in advance so they can familiarize themselves with the questions and come prepared to engage in the discussion about responses. You may edit the PDF and save it to share with others.
  4. Provide consensus around how the items will be answered.
  5. Determine who will be responsible for completing and submitting the web form for your organization.

Completing the Survey

The below video provides guidance for your organization in completing the survey in a way that minimizes burden and maximizes accurate reflection of your organization’s training needs. Representatives from the Chapin Hall survey team will also be available to provide assistance and guidance. 

As you complete the survey, you may save your answers and return to complete the survey at a later date. If you do save and return later, please note the Return Code that you will be required to enter in order to take you back to the place in the survey where you left off. If you do not enter the Return Code, you will need to start over.

The deadline has been extended. Grantee organizations should complete the survey no later than September 17, 2021


If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Melissa Kull from Chapin Hall at [email protected]