Windshield Assessment Survey

Guidelines for Windshield Survey and Rubric


The purpose of the Windshield Survey is to conduct systematic observations to assess and

understand the community in general as well as specific condition of the community.

Course Outcomes:

The Windshield Survey will meet the following Course Outcomes:

2. Develop a holistic approach to performing a community-needs assessment. (PO1, PO6)

3. Assess the health needs of a selected community with a focus on health promotion, culture

     and environment, health behaviors, and health maintenance. (PO1, PO4)


In this assignment, the student will select complete a Windshield Survey in a community of your

choice. However, the community cannot be your own community but can be another community

in your city.  The student will follow the guidelines for the written content and review the Grading

Rubric the Windshield Survey and then submit the assignment.

Guidelines for Written Content

1. Create the assignment using Microsoft Word.

2. Introduction 

    Include the following information in your Introduction paragraph:

          a.  Clear and concise Introduction stating purpose of the paper;
          b.  Why such a survey would be completed; 
         c. How the community health nurse would use the information.
2. Windshield Survey.

          a. Identified the community name and boundaries.

          b. Summarization of all questions/elements of the survey.

3. Conclusion

     a. Write a conclusion that summarizes the findings of the Windshield Survey.  

     b. Include a brief summary of your impression of the community.

     c. Do not introduce new ideas into the conclusion.

4. Coherence & Organization

      a. Use Times New Roman or Verdana and Use Font size 12.

      b. Present  findings in a scholarly fashion.

5. APA Format and Grammar/Spelling

    Adhere to APA format and review for grammar and spelling errors. 

Windshield Survey

Please complete the following Windshield Survey in a community of your choice. However, the

community cannot be your own community but can be another community in your city.

1. Housing.  What is the age and condition of housing in the neighborhoods you’re surveying?
Are houses and apartment buildings kept up, or are they run-down and in need of repair? Are yards neat or overgrown?

2. Other buildings.  Are the buildings mostly or fully occupied? Do public and commercial buildings seem accessible to people with disabilities – ramped, street level entries, etc.?

3. Public spaces.  Are there public spaces where people can gather? Are they well kept up?
Do they have seating areas, trees and plants, attractive design, cafes or food vendors, or other features meant to encourage people to use the space? Who uses these spaces? Is there diversity?

4. Parks.  Are parks used by a variety of people?  Are they well kept up? Are there sports
facilities – basketball courts, soccer pitches, baseball fields, cricket pitches, etc.? Are they
 used at night?

5. Culture and entertainment. Are there museums, libraries, theaters,  restaurants, clubs, sports
stadiums, historic sites, etc.? Are they accessible to all parts of  the community (centrally located, reachable by public transportation)? Do they reflect the cultures of community members?

6. Streetscape. The streetscape is the environment created by streets and the sidewalks, buildings, trees, etc. that line them. Are there trees and/or plants? Are there sidewalks? Are building facades and storefronts attractive and welcoming? Are the streets and sidewalks relatively clean? Are there trash cans? Is there outdoor seating?

7. Street use.  Are there people on the streets at most times of day? In the evening? How late?
Do they interact with one another? Are streets and sidewalks well lit at night?

8. Commercial activity.  What kinds of businesses are there? Are there boarded-up or vacant storefronts? Is there a mix of large and small businesses? Are there grocery stores and
supermarkets, pharmacies, and other stores that provide necessities in all parts of the community?

9. Signs.  What languages are business signs in? Are traffic signs informative? Are there signs
directing people to various parts of the community (downtown, museums, highways, etc.)?

10. Industry. What kinds of industry exist in the community? Does it seem to be causing pollution?

11. Land use.  How much open space is there? How are residential, commercial, and industrial
 areas distributed? Do major roads or railroad tracks divide neighborhoods, or are they on the edges of the community?

12. Infrastructure. What is the condition of roads, bridges, sidewalks, etc.? Are there differences
in these conditions from one area of the community to another? Do all parts of the community
seem to be equally served by electricity, water, phone, fiber optic, wastewater treatment, waste disposal, and other infrastructure services?

13. Public transportation.  Is there a functioning public transportation system? Is it well used? By whom? Does it allow relatively easy access to all parts of the community? How easy is it to navigate and use? How much does it cost? Are its vehicles energy-efficient?

14. Traffic. How heavy is traffic in the community? Is it mostly commercial and industrial – vans,
trucks, etc. – or mostly private cars? Is there ever gridlock? Is there much bicycle traffic? Are there bike lanes? Are there bike racks in many places?

15. Environmental quality.  How much usable green space is there, and is it scattered throughout the community? Is there smog or haze? Does the air smell of smoke, garbage, car exhaust, chemicals, industrial waste, etc.? Does the water in streams, ponds, lakes, etc. seem reasonably clear?

16. Race/ethnicity.  Who lives in the community? Are there identifiable racial and ethnic groups? Do particular groups seem to live in particular areas?

17. Faith communities.  What kinds of religious institutions are there? Do the institutions of one particular religion or sect dominate? Are there separate houses of worship for people of different ethnicities or races, even if they share the same faith?

18. Health services.  How many hospitals and clinics are there in the community? Where are they located? How big are they? How easy are they to get to?

19. Community and public services.  Are there identifiable community service providers and organizations in the community – mental health centers, food banks, homeless shelters, welfare offices, etc.? Are they concentrated in a particular area? Are they easy to reach by public transportation?

20. Community safety.  Where are police and fire stations located? Are they in good repair? Is the community well-lit at night?

21. Public schools.  Are schools in different neighborhoods in noticeably different states of repair? Are schools well maintained? Or in some developing countries, are there schools in the community at all?

22. Higher education.  Are there two- and four-year colleges and/or universities in the
community? Where are they located? Do they seem open to the community, or do they

        seem self-contained and isolated?

23. Political activity.  Are there signs or other indications of political activity? Is it clear that
political activity is allowed and/or encouraged? Are there protests or demonstrations?

24. Community organizations.  What evidence is there of organizations in the community? Are there service clubs – Lions, Elks, Masons, etc.? Are there other organizations – centered around community issues, the environment, sports or leisure pursuits, socialization, etc.?

25. Media.  Are there local media outlets – radio and TV stations, newspapers, Internet sites
devoted to local issues? Are they independent, or are they sponsored or run by government or corporations? Where are their facilities?

26. Differences among neighborhoods or areas of the community. What are the differences
among different parts of the community? Are schools, stores, public and other buildings, streets, etc. in different areas in different condition? Do some areas seem neglected, while others are clearly maintained?

27. What is your overall impression of the community?

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