What You Need to Know to Get Started
Interested in participating in the survey? These steps will give you a general idea about how to get started.
- Decide the primary purpose of the survey. Do you want to survey for a general health assessment, a needs assessment, for comparison to a national sample, for program planning, or for pre-test and post-test evaluation?
- Decide if you want to survey in the fall or spring. Note that NCHA #8 and 9 ask about alcohol and other drug within the last 30 days. Some schools schedule the NCHA so as to avoid capturing behaviors that occur over Spring Break in these items.
- Identify sources of support and campus resources available — administrators, health center staff, other student affairs staff, IT staff, academic departments, and graduate students. The NCHA can be a great opportunity for campuswide collaboration.
- Specify the sampling strategy and surveying method you want to use: survey all students (web or paper); survey randomly selected students
(web or paper); survey students in randomly selected classrooms (paper). We can help you review the pros and cons of each and figure
out your most effective choice.
- Determine if you want to offer any incentives to increase your response.
- Decide if you want to add any extra questions specific to your campus.
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