The team can start to identify these things but this provides a great opportunity for the team to either get out and chat to the community about what is happening or send a series of questions to organisations/businesses to ask them what they currently do in each space.
STEP 1 Brainstorm as a team what you think is currently being done in each area across the community
STEP 2 Decide as a team how to get more information from the community to feed into the Tiered Diagram
STEP 3 If choosing to collect information informally through conversations, allocate each member of the team a group of organisations and set a timeframe for data collection. Team members go to each organisation and ask them 3 questions eg. “What do currently do in your organisation to raise awareness of mental health and issues?”
STEP 4 If collecting information formally through online questions, use a platform such as Microsoft Forms or Survey Monkey to send out to organisations. This will collate the information for you. However the challenge with this is to make a plan to follow up to ensure you receive forms or surveys back. You can brainstorm ideas in order to maximise survey returns prior to delivery.
STEP 5 Collate information and add to 3 Tier Diagram. Share this information with the community as a snapshot of current practices in mental health. It is a great starting point for conversations and goal setting.
# You can also complete a similar activity with protective (reduce the likelihood of poor mental health) and risk factors (increase the likelihood of poor mental health) in your local community.
- TARGETED SURVEYS & QUESTIONS
We have to be careful with surveys as people are time poor and will often overlook a survey when it is sent with completion rates often very disappointing. However if we add a little creativity we can get surprisingly good results.
STEP 1 As an action team consider what questions to include on your survey?
(Download free resource for selection of sample questions to ask in survey and a sample of responses)
STEP 2 Launch survey on social media, in person, via email and through any other available platforms. Do this rather than just adding it on with little consideration.
STEP 3 Ensure that you include schools in the survey. If possible ask someone within the school to carry out the survey at a staff meeting/during classes to ensure that all staff and students have a chance to complete the survey
STEP 4 Break survey into individual questions to ask on social media or as a slip to hand out at large gatherings with a ballot type box for collection.
STEP 5 Ask local businesses for a prize donation to use for the first survey completed or a random drawer for anyone who completes the survey
STEP 6 Ask govt organisations for data that may be useful to the action team in decision making.
STEP 7 Collate information and use to make some initial goals and targets
STEP 8 Share results or goals/targets with community to help build awareness and create a presence for the action team
Please check out the FREE resource you can download with samples of all of the above to get you started.
These ideas are far from all that you can do to collect data. The key is to make it meaningful and purposeful to both the team and the audience.