The following data collection tools, standards, guides, and registries may provide additional guidance your
rural obesity program evaluation.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance
System (BRFSS) Questionnaires
This survey instrument is comprised of a standard set of questions asked by all states that includes
questions demographic characteristics and current health behaviors, such as tobacco use and seatbelt use.
While it does not specifically target obesity, some of the questions do relate to obesity and the survey
could be adapted to best fit communities' needs. Surveys are also available in Spanish.
Living Assessment Tools (RALA)
Rural-specific assessment tools to aid researchers and practitioners in evaluating the activity-friendliness
of rural communities. The three RALA tools include:
Town-wide Assessment (TWA), focusing on a town's characteristics (e.g. school locations,
geography, and other physical activity features and amenities
Program and Policy Assessment (PPA), focusing on community and school programs and policies
Street Segment Assessment (SSA), focusing on the walkability of rural areas
for Observing Fitness Instruction Time (SOFIT)
Assesses quality of physical education instruction. Comprehensive system provides a measure of student
activity levels, lesson context and teacher behavior during class time.