MAYSI-2 may be administered in two ways — paper-and-pencil, or web-based with computer. In the past, MAYSI-2 was also available in a desktop software format (called MAYSIWARE), but this option was discontinued when the web-based version recently became available. (Sites still using the desktop version of MAYSIWARE may continue using it if they do not update their computer systems to newer versions of Microsoft Windows beyond Windows 7 which will no longer support MAYSIWARE).
Paper-and-pencil administration uses (a) a MAYSI-2 Questionnaire on which the youth circles Yes or No for the 52 items, (b) a Scoring Key to which the user transfers the youth’s answers to calculate scores for each of the MAYSI-2 scales, and (c) a Scoring Summary form that identifies whether the youth is below or above critical cut-off scores on each scale.
Master copies of each form are provided in pdf format on a disk that comes with the MAYSI-2 Manual (both in English and Spanish), allowing the user to print in any quantity (with no per-case cost beyond the cost of the Manual), provided that the user is registered with the MAYSI-2 Project. If a youth has difficulty reading the MAYSI-2 items (which are written at a 5th grade reading level), the staff member may read each item to the youth while the youth circles Yes or No on a separate questionnaire form.
MAYSI-2 is now available in web-based administration form (called Web MAYSI-2) through a user’s subscription arrangement with Orbis Partners, one of the leading commercial providers of online assessment services. Using this service, a site with internet access can administer the MAYSI-2 by computer or laptop.
It offers these features: