Who Should Conduct the Interviews?

If possible, hire interviewers or find volunteers to help you collect data.

The time needed to complete data collection depends on the number of people collecting data, as well as the density of traffic at the sites. In our experience, 200 surveys can be completed in as few as two days or as many as 20. Depending on your resources and available staff, you may want to recruit local community members to assist in data collection. This would allow you to cover several locations at the same time and complete your survey in fewer days.

Ask influential people in the community such as tribal council members or program or department managers to help with the survey. This affirms that child passenger safety is a priority for your tribe. You may want to provide reference letters or letters of recommendation to your volunteers, since they might be looking for work. If you do have additional staff or volunteers, be sure to train them on the survey protocol and have them do practice interviews before beginning data collection.


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 what to do after you collect your data, go to the next section.