Once community members and their partners have defined a goal, they may want to consider several possible approaches to pursue their goal.

Community Surveys for Organizing Purposes
Instead of investigating the connection between an exposure and a health outcome, community surveys can also be conducted for organizing purposes. This type of survey would not be able to provide information on the cause-and-effect relationship between exposures and disease. However, it can be a helpful tool to organize and advance the community's goals.
Community surveys can help answer questions such as:
The Data Center developed a toolkit about how to create surveys: Power to Our People

If community members have access to the internet and email, an internet survey could be considered. Several software companies offer these services; prices vary, and some are free.

Commonly used online survey services: Survey Monkey
Direct Action Organizing
Direct action organizing happens when people affected by a particular issue work together towards concrete changes. This process also includes confronting those in power who make decisions that affect community members.
For information on trainings for community groups
that are interested in direct action organizing:
The Midwest Academy
Policy Advocacy
Policy advocacy is the process used by community groups to define a problem, develop policy goals to solve the problem, and carry out a campaign to carry out the goals.
For some useful tools for developing a policy advocacy plan: The Praxis Project
Media Advocacy
Media advocacy is a tool used to advocate for policy change at a small or large scale. The media advocacy process involves developing a clear description of the problem, a clear policy goal to address the problem, identifying a person or group with has the power to make the policy change, and mobilizing groups to influence the target through well-developed media strategies.
For some tools for developing
a media advocacy campaign:
APHA Media Advocacy Manual
If funding is needed, community groups may be able to obtain a grant. Local grant-writing trainings may be available.
Fundraising tips are available from the Environmental Protection Agency: EPA & Purdue University
Tips On Writing a Grant Proposal
If your community is in California, visit these websites for information
on funding activities such as community health surveys:
California Wellness Foundation
California Endowment
Find Out What is Possible in Your Community!
Talk to your fellow community members, organizers, and health educators to learn more and discuss your collective priorities and what you can do in your community.
There are social and practical considerations of conducting these types of activities here.