In the following videos, you will learn:

  1. Who you should interview
  2. Supplies and materials needed
  3. Safety protocol
  4. How to conduct the contact interviews
  5. How to use both forms
  6. Training your observers

No-Contact Video

Contact Video

A Tip From the Team

Your demeanor is the key to a successful interview. A casual, approachable, open, and friendly tone will make for a smooth survey. You can ask the questions conversationally. See the video for an example.

The survey is a great opportunity to distribute information on child safety seats with contact information for your local health educator, injury prevention specialist, child safety seat distribution program, child safety seat technician, or any other local resources to help with child safety seat questions or installation.


Car Seat Recommendations for Childrenwebsite
Car Seat Recommendations for Childrenpdf


On your first scheduled day of observations, spend the first hour of the day training your interviewers.

  1. Bring printed copies of the survey form, and the Car Seat Recommendation infographic found in the previous section (4.3)  with you to the training.
  2. Review child safety seat recommendations and the laws in your tribe and state.
  3. Make sure your interviewers are comfortable identifying a rear-facing infant seat, a forward-facing harness seat, and a booster seat.
  4. Go over the survey protocol and survey form.
  5. Have your interviewers practice filling out the form. Then, have them practice on a set-up vehicle/driver.
  6. Stress to your interviewers that confidentiality is key! This is true any time you collect data, but it is especially important in tribal communities where people know each other. What an interviewer sees during the survey is strictly confidential.

Now, you’re ready to start collecting data! Take your interviewers to your first data collection site – the clinic, gas station, or grocery store, for example. Support your interviewers for the first few surveys to make sure they are confident, and be available to answer their questions. Check their survey forms to make sure they are complete. When your interviewers are comfortable collecting data on their own, you can make a plan for who will be collecting data at what site. Check in with your interviewers regularly and change the data collection plan as needed.

For more on training your interviewers, go to the next section.