IV. Recommended tools

CPB Self-Study Module
STEP 4. Collect audience information relevant to the environmental practice and specific behaviors


C. What methodologies or technologies are available for exploring the social dimensions of a particular environmental concern?


Tools recommended for natural resource professionals

Self-Study Module: Step 4 resources include a brief description of eight different types of social assessment tools that we recommend for natural resource professionals, as well as references for specific tools and where to learn more.

Types of tools, described in Table 1:

  • Background and Census Data Research
  • Focus Groups
  • Informal Interviews with Key-Informants
  • Observations
  • Surveys
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Rapid Appraisal

Sources of tools, described in Table 3:

  • Internet based resources
  • Manuals
  • Step by step guides
  • Technique descriptions
  • Worksheets