Community Assessment: Conducting Windshield and Walking Surveys

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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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. The entire training is expected to take 40 minutes to complete. After finishing all modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

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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

Data Analysis
Relationship Building
Community Engagement

Related Occupations

Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health