ERIC Number: ED393629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Community Survey Handbook: Exploring Community Views on Community Issues and Technical "How-To" Guide.
Northern Alberta Development Council, Peace River.
This document consists of two guides that were developed to assist small rural communities in northern Alberta (Canada) in conducting surveys. A community survey can be used to develop long- and short-range plans, define and solve problems, establish priorities, confirm public opinion, develop community support and stimulate action, and reveal new information. The first guide "Exploring Community Views on Community Issues," includes four sections that provide step-by-step procedures for conducting a survey. A fictional situation in a small rural Alberta community is used to illustrate the process of conducting a community survey. Sections explain the following steps: analyzing the situation; consulting with key agencies and individuals; establishing a working committee; summarizing issues; encouraging community involvement; identifying resources; choosing a survey approach; reviewing existing information; summarizing the plan; choosing a sample; maintaining public support; designing and administering the survey; interpreting survey results; writing the report; reporting back; sharing information; creating an action plan; survey evaluation; and expressing appreciation to volunteers. The "Technical How-To Guide" provides greater detail on specific surveying techniques outlined in the first guide. Included are suggestions for setting a timeline for a community survey; selecting a sample; designing a questionnaire; conducting a pretest; training the surveyors; collecting answers through personal interviewing, telephone interviewing, mail questionnaires, and group discussions; and analyzing survey answers. Appendices in both guides include a project timeline form, list of resource agencies in Alberta, list of surveys completed in northern Alberta communities, helpful hints for volunteer surveyors, definitions, and a bibliography. (LP)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Community Planning, Community Resources, Community Surveys, Data Collection, Foreign Countries, Needs Assessment, Problem Solving, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Research Design, Rural Areas, Small Towns, Test Construction, Volunteer Training
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Alberta Development Council, Peace River.
Identifiers: Alberta (North)