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Clearinghouse Phase 3: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment


Organizing the Assessment
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Community Themes and Strengths Assessment How-to Guide
 
Created by the Columbus (OH) Health Department, this 14-slide guide provides information on the goals, approaches, and importance of the community themes and strengths assessment. More »
 
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Information Gathering Mechanisms Matrix 
 
This matrix is designed to help MAPP teams compare the advantages and disadvantages of gathering data through community meetings, community dialogues, focus groups, and walking or windshield surveys. More »
 
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Community Mapping Best Practices Brief
 
This four-page document provides an introduction to community mapping and includes information on community asset mapping, uses of mapping for youth development, and other forms of conceptual mapping including mapping public capital, cultural mapping, and community relationship mapping. This information is particularly relevant for planning approaches to the community themes and strengths assessment. More »
 
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Asset-Based Community Development Introductory Article
 
This seven-page document introduces John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight's guidebook, "Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets."  Kretzmann and McKnight describe the problems associated with needs mapping and present capacity-focused development as a more productive alternative for community building. Kretzmann and McKnight's guidebook describes a community building path that is asset-based, internally focused, and relationship-driven. This article will be particularly useful for planning and designing the community themes and strengths assessment. More »
 
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Photovoice Manual
 
Photovoice is a participatory data gathering process which combines photography with grassroots social action. The process can be used by researchers to gain insight into how community members conceptualize their circumstances. Photovoice has three goals.  It enables people to record and reflect their community’s strengths and problems.  It promotes dialogue about important issues through group discussion and photographs.  Finally, it engages policymakers. More » 
 
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Key Informant Interviews Guide
 

Getting the Lay of the Land On Health: A Guide for Using Interviews to Gather Information is designed to help users determine when and how to use key informant interviews as a means of gathering information. More » 

 
 
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Sample List of Key Informants by Community Sector
This document shows the categories and sectors from which key informants were chosen for the 2010 community themes and strengths assessment report for Knox County, TN. More »
 
 
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Sample Focus Group Schedule Flyer
This document shows the schedule of focus groups that provided data for the 2010 community themes and strength assessment in Knox County, TN. Focus groups are a way to solicit community feedback in order to identify priority health issues and create action plans to address them. More »
 
 
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Sample Interview Request Letter
This document is the letter that was sent to each key informant to initiate contact for interviews in Knox County, TN. Interviews help develop an understanding about concerns and opinions regarding health and quality of life in each community, often contributing to the community themes and strengths assessment. More »
 
 
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Handbook for Participatory Community Assessments
This handbook guides community partnerships through a series of steps for undergoing participatory community assessments. The handbook was developed by the Alameda County Public Health Department in California and includes vignettes of their experiences facilitating participatory community assessment processes. More »
 
 
Survey Instruments
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Community Health Survey 2014
 

Developed by the East Central District Health Department, this survey is designed to help identify the most pressing health issues that can be addressed through community action. More »

 
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Multiple Choice Survey Instrument
 
The Nashville Davidson quality of life survey instrument is a three-page document that includes questions about the healthcare system, public safety, jobs and more. More »
 
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Multiple Choice Survey Instrument (Extended)
 
This five-page survey was created and used in Columbus, Ohio's MAPP process. The survey includes questions about quality of life, healthcare, environmental health, and traffic safety. More »
 
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Community Health Survey Template
 
This two-page survey template will assist MAPP teams in gathering information about the community's perceptions of local public health. More »
 
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Health Surveys for Spanish Speakers - Columbus
 
This tool includes two examples of assessment surveys for Spanish speakers.  More »
 
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Quality of Life Survey Questions
 
When posed to community members, this list of 12 questions will help MAPP teams assess the overall quality of life in their community. More »
 
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Example Health Survey
 
This four-page survey created in Mendocino County is designed to gather information regarding community perceptions of local public health. The survey also asks questions about personal experiences interfacing with the local public health system. More »
 
 
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Sample Health & Quality of Life Survey
This six-page document is the public survey that collected data for the 2010 community themes and strengths assessment report for Knox County, TN. More »
 
 
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Sample CTSA Survey
This document is a sample survey created by East Central District Health Department (NE) to identify health priorities in their community. More »
 
 
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Sample CTSA Survey in Spanish
This document is a sample Spanish-language survey created by East Central District Health Department (NE) to identify health priorities in their community. A Spanish-language survey may be useful to engage Spanish-speaking populations within the community. More »
 
 
Conducting the Assessments
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Focus-Group Guidelines
 
Using the example of a Latino community in Columbus, these guidelines provide sample introduction and conclusion statements for the moderator, guide questions, and probe topics. More »
 
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Conducting a Focus Group Tip Sheet
 
This one-page document provides step-by-step guidance on conducting a focus group. More »
 
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Conducting Community Dialogue Tip Sheet
 
This two-page document provides guidance on preparing for, beginning, hosting, and following up on community dialogue. More »
 
 
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Sample Interview Script
This three-page document is the script and recording sheet for facilitators interviewing key informants for the 2010 community themes and strengths assessment report for Knox County, TN. Conducting interviews may be used as a tool to engage community members and discover health priorities. More »
 
 
Survey Reports
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Example Survey Results Presentation
 
This 36-slide PowerPoint provides a graphic representation of San Antonio's CTSA survey results. More »
 
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Example Survey Analysis
 
This two-page document is an analysis of the community themes and strengths/quality of life survey results in Columbus, OH. More »
 
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Example Final CTSA Report
 
This 64-page document is a compilation of all the information gathered from Sullivan County's CTSA surveys. The information is displayed in graph and table format. The report includes copies of the survey in English and Spanish as well as a description of how the survey was conducted. More »
 
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Community Themes and Strengths Assessment Results Presentation
 
This 33-slide presentation is a clear and straightforward analysis of Apache County's (AZ) community themes and strengths assessment data. The information is broken down by question and topic, providing the audience with background information as well as an understanding of the next steps. More »
 
 
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Sample Community Themes and Strengths Assessment Report
This 83-page document is the full and final 2010 community themes and strengths assessment report for Knox County, TN. More »
 
 
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Sample Community Themes and Strengths Assessment Report Summary
This 15-page document is the final summary based on the 2010 community themes and strengths assessment report for Knox County, TN. More »
 
 
Other
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Issues Perceptions and Assets List
 
This one-page worksheet provides a space for recording themes identified during the community themes and strengths assessment. The information recorded on this worksheet will be particularly useful during the identifying strategic issues phase. More »
 
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Example CTSA Survey Cover Letter
 
Sullivan County Health Services drafted this cover letter to accompany its community themes and strengths assessment survey. More »