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Clearinghouse Phase 3: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment

Organizing the Assessment
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 » 
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
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 »

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 »
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 »
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 »
Health Surveys for Spanish Speakers - Columbus
This tool includes two examples of assessment surveys for Spanish speakers.  More »
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 »
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 »
Conducting the Assessments
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 »
Conducting a Focus Group Tip Sheet
This one-page document provides step-by-step guidance on conducting a focus group. More »
Conducting Community Dialogue Tip Sheet
This two-page document provides guidance on preparing for, beginning, hosting, and following up on community dialogue. More »
Survey Reports
Example Survey Results Presentation
This 36-slide PowerPoint provides a graphic representation of San Antonio's CTSA survey results. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Example CTSA Survey Cover Letter
Sullivan County Health Services drafted this cover letter to accompany its community themes and strengths assessment survey. More »
Linn County Iowa CTSA Boards
The community themes and strengths assessment seeks to obtain qualitative information on how community members perceive their health and quality of life concerns, as well as their knowledge of community resources and assets.
CTSA Board Instructions
Example of final board