Utilizing Secondary Data Collection Methods
One data collection method that would be the best option for the selected case study is the use of records from the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies in the County of Los Angeles. These records would be helpful in providing the necessary information regarding the available licensed child care centers with LA. These agencies could also help to provide information regarding the programs at the care centers including the nutrition and physical activity promotion programs conducted at these care centers. Another reason for using this method is that the agencies would help provide specific information for child care centers in LA County.
Other secondary data collection methods that would be beneficial are using resources and records from previous assessments on nutritional and physical activity environments in licensed child care centers in California and Los Angeles. These reports could be obtained from the California and Los Angeles Departments of Education’s Nutrition Services Division. These particular secondary data sources could provide relevant information on the nature of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion programs for Licensed Child Care Centers and how they have been assessed before.
Secondary data has several advantages when it comes to conducting community health assessments. For instance secondary data is less expensive and helps to collect a wide range of data within a limited time period. In addition, secondary data collection reduces duplication of data collection as a researcher can use already available data instead of conducting a fresh research (Njenga, 2017). However, secondary data collection is limited by different factors. First, secondary data contains information from different time periods and at times, this information might be obsolete. The second disadvantage of secondary data collection is that the data available to be analyzed is often limited.