GSHS II - Introduction (2012 - 2017)

Welcome to the GSHS 2.0 Data Visualization

Overview

Purpose: To provide users with a set of interactive visual analysis tools and reports for data discovery and exploratory data analysis
Data Set: Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) 2.0 for middle and high school students
Data Source: Georgia Department of Education
Time Period: 2012 through 2017

Analysis Categories Covered in the Data Visualizations:

  • Substance Use: Analysis indicators of substance use during the past 30 days (from time of survey administration)

  • Suicide Prevention: Analysis indicators of suicide thoughts and suicide attempts during the past year (from time of survey administration)

  • Age of Onset: Analysis indicators for age of onset for substance use

  • Mental Health: Analysis indicators of mental health status during the past 30 days  (from time of survey administration)

Dimensions: Survey Year, Region, County, School System, School Grade

Measures:

  • Substance Use (current use): Student population, substance user count, substance user ratio of users to total reference population, average use days, median use days, and use days distribution for various substance use indicators
  • Suicide Prevention: Student population, count of students with suicide thoughts/attempts, ratio of students with suicide thoughts/attempts to total reference population, normalized count of reasons for suicide thoughts/attempts
  • Age of Onset: Student population, substance user count, substance user ratio of users to total reference population, average age of onset, median age of onset, and age of onset distribution for various substance use indicators
  • Mental Health: Student population, symptomatic student count, symptomatic student count ratio to total reference population, mode days of symptoms, and symptomatic days distribution for various indicators

Disclaimers

  • The entire student survey data set is anonymous and self-reported
  • Data analysis can be broken down to School Grade level, but individual school-level analysis is made unavailable
  • In order to protect student anonymity, some response records are made unavailable (intentionally removed from the reports), depending on the sample size within the given category. Therefore, there might be discrepancies in some school districts between this report and the original GSHS 2.0 data set provided by the Georgia Department of Education.
  • The geographical points representing the city district school systems on map chart are the geographical centroids of those cities provided by an external system. They are not the part of the GSHS 2.0 data set and do not indicate the actual locations of the schools.
  • Changes were made to the GSHS 2.0 survey questions between 2014-2015, so some data (e.g. specific substances, mental health issues) will not be available for the years in which the survey questions did not exist.

Tutorials

The survey visualizations on this website are intended to be as user-interactive as possible. Almost any section of the visualization can be clicked on, modified, or examined in further detail.

There are a few features that you will see consistently throughout the visualizations: a Selections Bar, a Substance/Indicator Selection, a Measure on Chart Selection, a Reference Group Selection, a Filter Selection, and a Visualization Selection. Refer to the sections below to learn more about each feature and how to use it.

Note: Some parts of a visualization are not interactive, such as Key Performance Indicators containing numbers, rates, and calculations. These will update in response to other selections made on the visualization, but cannot be modified individually.

Selections Bar

 

Select Bar

 

The Selections Bar will track any selections currently active on a given page. Selections would appear in the center section of the bar in the order they are chosen. Multiple selections within a filter will display the number of selected elements within the filter, while a single element will display the name of the element selected. The tooltips on the left side of the bar allow you to navigate backwards and forwards through current selections, or clear all selections to start over with no selections applied to the page. On the right side of the bar, the Smart Search button will allow you to search for key phrases within the page, and the Selections Tool lets you filter each dimension available using a combination of search and filter selections.

Substance / Indicator Selection

Select a substance (Substance Use, Age of Onset) or an indicator (Suicide Prevention, Mental Health) by clicking on the desired element from the dropdown list. The page will then display the associated question asked in the GSHS 2.0 survey, and all visualizations on that page will respond to show the results relevant to the selected substance/indicator. You can only select one substance/indicator at a time. Changing the substance/indicator does not alter the filter selections already made, and the page will display the results for the newly selected substance/indicator with those filters being applied unless cleared.

Measure on Charts Selection

Select a measure by clicking on the desired element from the dropdown list. Most visualizations, except for the summary table and distribution, on that page will respond to show the results relevant to the selected measure. You can only select one measure at a time. Changing the measure does not alter the filter selections already made, and the page will display the results for the newly selected measure with those filters being applied unless cleared.

Reference Group Selection

Select a reference group by clicking on the desired element in the reference group list. The secondary dimension (typically in darker shade) of the most visualizations, except for the map charts, on that page will respond to show the results relevant to the selected reference group. This is helpful when you compare the results from the selection of your geographycal interest (region(s), county, counties, etc.) to the member of the reference group. You can only select one reference group at a time. Changing the reference group does not alter the filter selections already made, and the page will display the results for the newly selected reference group with those filters being applied unless cleared.

Filter Selection

Filters allow selection of detailed results from within the survey. More than one filter can be applied to the page at a given time. Selections outside of an already active filter will be highlighted in gray. Selecting a gray option from a filter will overwrite previously active selections.

Filter Select

Clicking on a filter will bring up a window providing further selection options. Any selections will be highlighted in green, and they are applied to the page by using the green confirmation button. Using the red cancel selection button will close the filter window without applying any selections to the page. The clear selection option will clear the selections made without closing the filter window. More advanced selection menu options can be found under the Selection Menu ( ...) button on the top left side of the filter window.

Filter Confirm

Visualization Selection

Selections made from visuals function the same as filter selections within the page. For instance, clicking on a county, or counties, within a map of Georgia will apply that selection to the page just as the County filter would.

Clicking on a visual will bring up a window providing further selection options. Any selections will be highlighted, and they are applied to the page by using the green confirmation button. Using the red cancel selection button will close the filter selection popup without applying any selections to the page. The clear selection option will clear the selections made without closing the filter. The lasso selection tool allows selections to be made by clicking and drawing to connect desired elements. Any loops closed with the lasso selection active will result in the selection of all elements within the closed loop. Some visuals can be adjusted using the mouse wheel to zoom in or out, scroll up or down, or rotate features.

Map Confirm