Surveys

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The Compass Survey of Core Human Attributes

These free surveys for youth and adults help you identify, understand, and strengthen core internal abilities that help people thrive. Together, these abilities work like a compass, helping individuals pilot meaningful, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Surveys were created by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, developmental psychologist, researcher, and fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University, following a decade of research in positive youth and adult development. Upon completion, each participant receives personalized scores, including guidance on how to interpret and apply the information. Individual data is always private and confidential. By participating, you also contribute to collective research in the fields of youth and adult development. Please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Several surveys are available for research purposes to schools, nonprofits, and researchers. See the information below.


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Youth Survey

The Compass Survey for Youth Ages 10-17 is a tool by which you can become more aware of your internal attributes—core abilities that help you thrive in school and life. When identified and understood, you can learn to use your strongest attributes to engage and grow the abilities you use less often. Results can also help you identify potential adult mentors that can support your positive development. Learn More. (This free survey takes about 13 minutes to complete.)

Take the Youth Survey for Ages 10-17


Adult Survey

The Compass Survey for Adults is a tool by which you can become more aware of your internal attributes—core abilities that help adults thrive in careers, as parents, and throughout life. Because these abilities grow and mature at all ages, it is never too late to use your strongest attributes to engage and grow the abilities you use less often. When identified and understood, you can also nurture these abilities more effectively in children and young adults. Learn More. (This free survey for adults 18 or over takes about 13 minutes to complete.)

Take Adult Survey


Family Survey for Youth Ages 10-17

The Compass Survey for Families with Youth Ages 10-17 is a tool by which parents, grandparents, and guardians can become more aware of their preteen and teen’s internal attributes. When identified and understood, adults can help young people learn to use their strongest attributes to engage and grow the abilities they use less often. Adults who complete this survey can invite their children ages 10-17 to complete the Youth Survey, then follow guidelines in our materials to discuss differences and similarities perceived by them and their child. Learn More. (This free survey takes about 13 minutes to complete for each child.)

Take Family Survey for Youth Ages 10-17


Family Survey for Children Ages 5-9

The Compass Survey for Families with Children Ages 5-9 is a tool by which parents, grandparents, and guardians can become more aware of your younger children’s internal attributes. Understanding a child’s core strengths in earlier years can help adults more intentionally nurture the abilities that help children thrive. Learn More. (This free survey takes about 10 minutes to complete for each child.)

Take Family Survey for Children Ages 5-9


Surveys for Schools, Nonprofits, and Researchers

Several of our surveys are available for research purposes to groups at reasonable costs. The group Youth Survey provides the same free personalized report to each participant as described above. In addition, teachers and researchers can identify the collective core abilities of groups of young people ages 10-17. Are you wanting to measure changes in groups over time, e.g. following a school year or program experience? Group surveys accomplish this goal. The Adult Survey is also available for groups. Our administrative fees vary depending on the size and complexity of your project. Learn More.

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For More Information

  • Read about the Family Surveys — taken by parents, grandparents, and guardians with a specific child in mind.
  • Read about the Adult Survey for ages 18 and over.
  • Read about the Youth Survey for young people ages 10-17.
  • Learn about group surveys for schools, nonprofits, and researchers.
  • Learn more about The Compass Advantage — the cornerstone framework for our research at Roots of Action.