10-Week Community Assessment with a Community Organisation

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Teaching Strategy Description:

Students assess an assigned community of interest and work with an assigned community-based organisation partner for a 10 week period using progressive inquiry questions with their population. The students prepare 2-3 simple, strength-based questions guided by faculty that will help the team get to know the organization members and build relationships with them over time.

Progressive inquiry is defined by Diem and Moyer as “an informal, systematic way for team members to collect and refine information from people on their present and preferred situations” (p. 99). An example of progressive inquiry in practice:

“What do you like most about coming to this group?”

“How does coming to this group help you in your day to day life?”

“If a new neighbour moved into the area what would you tell them about coming to this group?”

The students collate the responses, deduct themes, and then prepare a second cycle drawing from these findings.

Teaching Context:

  • Undergraduate community fieldwork practicum, 10-12 week period


Community Health Nurses of Canada (March 2011) Community Health Nursing Standards: Professional  Practice Model & Standards of Practice. Retrieved from https://chnc.ca/documents/chnc-standards-eng-book.pdf

Diem, E., & Moyer, A. (2005). Community Health Nursing Projects: Making a Difference. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

National Collaborating Center Resources: http://www.nccph.ca/en/home.aspx.

Diem, E., & Moyer, A. (2011). Progressive Inquiry: A flexible assessment/evaluation method for teams. Community Health Nursing Resources. Retrieved from: http://www.chnresources.org/sites/default/files/resources/Progressive-Inquiry_0.pdf.


Submitted by:  Diana Gausden, McGill University

Indicator(s): 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5