Region IV Public Health Training Center

Community Assessment: Conducting Surveys

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


0.75 hours


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This course provides an introduction to planning for and conducting community surveys. It introduces concepts and applies knowledge and skills that are essential for planning for and conducting a survey and analyzing and disseminating survey data specifically for the purpose of community assessment.  It is an introductory-level course designed to build competence in data analytics and assessment as well as community engagement in public health professionals, especially those in the governmental public health workforce. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

Reviewers say, "The audio provides more detail than what is on each slide. However, if you listen to the audio then the training took about 1.5 hours. The transcripts are good."

What You'll Learn

  • Identify when a survey is an ideal method for community assessment.
  • Discuss at least 3 types of question and response options for use on a questionnaire survey.
  • Discuss delivery methods available for questionnaire dissemination.
  • Identify sources for survey question development.
  • Explain how you analyze the data collected from a questionnaire.

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Written & Oral Communication
Community Input
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Community Engagement

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Other Management & Leadership
Other Professional
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement
Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population