Region IV Public Health Training Center

Community Assessment: Conducting Windshield and Walking Surveys

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


0.75 hours


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This course introduces the components of windshield and walking surveys, explains the data collection and analysis process, and discusses how observational data can be used to inform subsequent phases of the 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. There are no prerequisites.

This course contains four modules: an interactive video, reflection questions, resources and an evaluation.

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What You'll Learn

  • Recognize when windshield and walking surveys are an ideal method for community assessment
  • List the components of systematic windshield and walking surveys
  • Infer themes from survey findings
  • Identify methods to share findings with the community assessment planning committee

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Data Analysis
Community Health Assessment
Relationship Building
Community Engagement
Community Assets
Community-Based Participatory Research

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Informatics Specialist
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Conduct community assessments
Develop surveillance procedures
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Obtain information, specimens, or samples
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
Analyze & Interpret data