The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health has awarded ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a global consulting and digital services provider, a new task order to administer the agency’s National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), a national, comprehensive survey that examines the behaviors, knowledge and attitudes of students in grades six through 12 toward tobacco and tobacco use.
The task order has a value of over $13 million and a term of five years including one base and four option years.
“Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., and the data collected through the NYTS is essential to identifying key areas of CDC research and informing policy and public health action,” said David Cotton, senior vice president for ICF. “We are proud to continue our involvement in this critical activity whose ultimate goal is to prevent kids from starting or quitting smoking and other tobacco use.”
ICF has designed, conducted and reported on the NYTS since its inception in 1999, making significant contributions to the scientific rigor of the survey and the body of scientific research that the data provide. The survey team’s experts, most of whom have supported the NYTS from the beginning, bring extensive historical knowledge of survey design and the methodological changes made over the study’s history. They know how to engage partner educators and survey participants to obtain the highest response rates and weightable data in an area of research where this is major challenge. And they know how to support CDC’s effort to modernize the survey by using innovative technologies, such as online or tablet methodologies, and build it for future success.
A proven partner in the field of health research, ICF helps clients drive improved health outcomes with survey research solutions that keep programs on track, scientifically and financially. ICF is committed to producing the highest quality survey research work with integrity and compliance. The firm’s recent attainment of ISO 20252 certification for Standard for Market, Opinion and Social Research demonstrates that ICF’s research methods are conducted according to industry-recognized best practices.