Resources for Step 1: Data

Analyzing Qualitative Data (PDF)
Procedures for summarizing information from sources such as open-ended questions, individual interviews, or focus groups.

Analyzing Quantitative Data (PDF)
Brief discussion of basic concepts such as frequencies, percentage, averages, ranges, and standard deviation.

County Health Rankings
This website assesses and ranks the overall health of the counties in each state based on key factors that influence health, such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods and medical care.

Using Focus Groups in Program Development and Evaluation
A step-by-step description of how to conduct a focus group.

Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)
HRQOL questions about perceived physical and mental health and function have become an important component of health surveillance and are generally considered valid indicators of service needs and intervention outcomes. Focusing on HRQOL as a national health standard can bridge boundaries between disciplines and between social, mental, and medical services. Several recent federal policy changes underscore the need for measuring HRQOL to supplement public health’s traditional measures of morbidity and mortality.

Community Health Status Indicators Report
The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) website provides an overview of key health indicators for local communities.   It encourages dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health.   The report was designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in the health of their community.  The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties, including Essex, Suffolk and Worcester.