Community Assessment-Windshield Survey

Community Assessment-Windshield Survey. Conduct the Windshield Survey to gather data from eight subsystems. Use the Windshield Survey Worksheet as a guide for data collectionBe sure to provide as much detail as possible so the reader can obtain a full description of the community. Under Race/Ethnicity, provide community statistics to document this element. Health Indicators, provide epidemiology data to support health issues in the community. Provide leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Discuss the strengths and challenges of the community. Assess the political, religious, educational, health issues, and health care systems within the community. Provide supporting data.

Community Assessment-Windshield Survey

History of the Community

What can you derive by observing the community (e.g. old established neighborhoods, new neighborhoods, or gentrification?

  1. Demographics

What do you observe on the streets? Do you see anyone you would not expect to see at that time of day? Is the population diverse? If so what makes it diverse?

  1. Ethnicity

Do you note indicators of different ethnic groups? What type of food stores, churches, or restaurants?

  1. Values and Beliefs

Are there churches, temples, or Mosques? Are there any historical markers? Is the neighborhood well cared for: lawns well-groomed, flowers and plantings? Art Galleries? Heritage museums. Do you see advertisements for youth groups, children’s groups, or family support services?


Observations on foot or in care

  1. Physical environment

How does the community look? Include information on climate, terrain, air quality, housing, commercial development, size, neighborhoods, open space, grass, trees, pets, people, natural beauty, cleanliness and ‘eyesores”

  1. Health and Social Services

Medical provider access: hospitals, clinics, private practitioner offices, EMS services (don’t forget to include the large extra community resources that residents will utilize) extended care facilities, pharmacies, social service agencies, mental health services, Complementary and Alternative Health Medicine(CAM) provider, dentists, physical therapists, shelters, support groups, free clinics/screenings

  1. Economy

Thriving community or struggling. Why do you believe this? Is there trash, dilapidated buildings, abandoned cars? Did you observe homes for sale, auction, local businesses closing/startups, abandoned buildings, shopping opportunities? (statistical research could also include information on median income, per capita income, poverty rates, unemployment rates, and food stamp usage)

  1. Transportation and safety

How do people get around? What transportation options exist? Private or public? Are there walkers, bikes, taxis? Assess sidewalks, crosswalks, highways, bike paths, etc., What type of protective services are there? Police, fire, sanitation? (Statistical information could also include information on crime statistics, seatbelt use, bicycle helmet promotion programs, preventable injury data, neighborhood crime watch programs, disaster management plans, sanitation, and solid waste issues, water quality, etc.)

  1. Politics and Government

Do you observe signs of political activity? What are the political issues, styles of government, town council composition, recent referendum/results, and voter registration opportunities in your community? Is this a town or city? Is there a town council?

  1. Communication

Includes information on newspapers, community TV, radio, newsletters, town website, meetings, common areas where people gather to socialize, flyers, posters, emergency notification systems. Do you have a sense of territoriality, or are people welcoming?

  1. Education

What can you observe about the area schools and libraries? Research information on their performance/reputations, dropout rates, graduation rates, college attendance rates, per-pupil spending, school/health nurse services availability, and or head start programs.

  1. Recreation

What do your observations and research reveal about your community’s recreation options such as parks, programs, dances, athletic facilities, sports leagues, after school clubs, theaters?

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