The Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS) addresses several provisions of the WHO FCTC (The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) that relate to the role of school personnel in tobacco control. Health and education professionals can use the data from the survey to plan, implement, and revise programs to reduce tobacco use among school personnel, improve the dissemination of tobacco- control information to students, and provide school personnel with the resources they need to complement a comprehensive tobacco-control program.
The GSPS is a survey of teachers and administrators working in schools selected to participate in the GYTS (Global Youth Tobacco Survey). It uses self-administered, anonymous data-collection procedures. Names of schools or personnel are not collected and participation is voluntary. Surveys are complete at schools, generally at staff meetings or after school. The 2008 core GSPS questionnaire includes 45 questions, covering five categories; countries can add their own questions. The questionnaires are translated into local languages, and tested in focus groups. The GSPS was initiated in 2000, and has achieved limited global coverage when compared to the GYTS, with most of the surveys in the African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. The GSPS is subject to at least three limitations. First, the GSPS sample design uses schools selected for the GYTS; thus GSPS is not an independent sample of schools and is dependent on the success of the GYTS. Second, participation of school personnel in GSPS is voluntary. Third, findings are based on self-reports from school personnel who may under- or over-report their behavior and their knowledge of school policies.