We use the CHESS™ tool as an innovative technique in our UK-based . An app for Android tablet, the CHESS™ (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) tool was developed by public-health colleagues at the US-based social enterprise MATRIX Public Health Solutions.
Built on solid prevention-focused evidence and used originally for research, our colleagues discovered the unique potential of CHESS™ through a decade of testing. They determined that it was an excellent tool to collect quantitative data on certain aspects of the built environment (for example, streets, parks or shops) by engaging with often over-looked experts – the local community members.
The CHESS™ process involves:
We can adapt the questions for each project based on input from the community about their needs. All questions serve to gather baseline data about the local community context, both the strengths that could be used to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and the barriers that discourage or prevent healthy living.
Using the app, we can ask questions about: