Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

STEPS Manual

Using the STEPS Manual

The STEPS Manual provides a complete overview, guidelines and supporting materials for countries wishing to undertake NCD risk factor surveys, using the WHO STEPwise approach to noncommunicable disease (NCD) risk factor surveillance. Sections of the manual will guide countries through the process of: Defining roles and responsibilities for the survey, Planning and preparing the survey scope and environment; data collection and training staff for field work, data management and analysis; and reporting and disseminating the survey results.

The STEPS Manual is written in modular parts and follows the sequence of events required to implement a STEPS survey. It is divided into seven parts. Each part of the manual is divided into sections. Each part and section is introduced with a table of contents to help readers find specific topics. The seven parts of the STEPS Manual include:

  • Introduction and Roles
  • Planning and Set Up
  • Data collection
  • Data Management and Analysis, Reporting and Disseminating Results
  • STEPS Instrument
  • Templates and Forms
  • Glossary

To access the Table of Contents, or the entire STEPS Manual, please download the PDF files below. To access single Parts or Sections of the STEPS Manual, please click on the tabs below, or the items listed on the right hand side of this page.