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ICF has conducted the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) continuously since 1989, in up to 29 states, amounting to a total of 2.5 million completed surveys. Over that time, ICF has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a number of innovative strategies and protocols as part of ICF's commitment to continuously evolve our data collection techniques to address changes in technology and produce a more representative sample with higher quality data.
These efforts include:
These efforts served to enhance response rates and reduce nonresponse bias.
In 1984, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and 15 states participated in monthly data collection. CDC developed a standard core questionnaire and optional modules for states to use to provide data that could be compared across states. Topics include a wide variety of health risk behaviors, including smoking, alcohol use, physical inactivity, diet, hypertension, and seat belt use.
Specific examples of the BRFSS surveys' far-ranging impacts have included:
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