What does the toolkit offer?
The toolkit offers online
help with conducting health and lifestyle surveys. This
includes guidance for people who intend to commission a
survey externally, or carry out a survey internally. The
toolkit provides help with:
- planning and administering a survey
- choosing the questions and topics to ask about
- where to go for more information and reference
You can also look at health and lifestyle surveys to
find out what has been done elsewhere. In some cases we
have reports available for you to download. To view
these please click here.
Why was it created & who for?
The toolkit was created to offer a practical source
of advice for those involved in lifestyle surveys,
including staff in Care Trusts, Local Authorities,
Voluntary Organisations, and Local Strategic
Partnerships (LSP's). These agencies will need to
monitor their population's health when working to
improve health and address inequalities. This toolkit
will not only provide a useful guide as to the process
of carrying out a lifestyle survey, but it also
addresses many other issues and has gathered many
resources from previous lifestyle research.
At this stage, the toolkit does not provide a
commonly agreed set of questions to include in a
lifestyle survey, although this is underway as part of
the work being undertaken by APHO. The pages on
Include in a Lifestyle Survey provides guidance on
the types of questions used in a range of surveys which
can usefully be included in a local lifestyle survey.