Evaluating Physical Activity

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Questions. What are the issues associated with evaluating PA that you are interested in?What types of programs are you involved in? What type of change are you trying to make?At what level.. program, PCP?. Purpose of this session. Identify some common issues/problems associated with evaluation

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1. Evaluating Physical Activity Kellie Horton Kinect Australia (VICFIT)

2. Questions… What are the issues associated with evaluating PA that you are interested in? What types of programs are you involved in? What type of change are you trying to make? At what level.. program, PCP?

3. Purpose of this session Identify some common issues/problems associated with evaluation and evaluating PA Discuss the variation in approaches to evaluating PA Highlight some of the resources available to you for evaluating PA Examine how the planning tool can assist in evaluating PA

4. Evaluation…the considerations Why evaluate? To gain insight To make improvements To assess effects What level of evaluation? Program Agency/Organisation Catchment

5. More considerations… What type of evaluation? Process Impact Outcome Key issues: What do I/ we want to know? How are we going to find it out? How are we going to make others aware of our learnings?

6. Examples of outcomes of interest for physical activity promotion Healthy (active) Lifestyles Mortality, Morbidity & Quality of life Supportive Environments (for PA) (Bauman, 2003)

7. PA promotion outcomes Capacity Building: Community Workforce Healthy (active) Interest & Development Lifestyles Awareness Capacity Building: Healthy P’ships Healthy & Settings Supportive Public Environments Policy Capacity Building: (for PA) Organisational Dev. (Bauman, 2003)

8. What to measure? Range of factors that are direct or indirect indicators of PA, or determinants of PA Indirect measure- use of recreation facilities, parks, walking trails etc. Direct measure- PA population survey pre and post program Determinants of PA- perceptions of safety in the community As well as process and partnership, capacity building issues (Salmon & Timperio, 2003. Physical Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit)

10. Physical Activity measurement Surveys CCHS Strength Training Program Survey Victorian Population Health Survey Diaries/Log books Walking Calendars Observation Pedometers Castlemaine Workplace Walking Challenge Accelerometers (Salmon & Timperio, 2003)

11. Measuring Physical Activity Determinants Individual measures Self efficacy for PA Environmental measures Neighbourhood walkability Social measures Social support (Salmon & Timperio, 2003)

12. So, with all this knowledge how do we decide: what change we want to measure? how best to measure this change?

13. Evaluation Planning Framework 6 steps for agencies/organisations/ partnerships to develop evaluation plans in parallel with health promotion plans Builds on Integrated Health Promotion Resource Kit Guidelines for asking the right questions

14. 6 steps: Describe the program Evaluation preview Focus the evaluation design Collect data Analyse and interpret data Disseminate lessons learnt

15. 1. Describe the program Writing goals and objectives Identifying impacts Developing interventions Identifying reach

16. 2. Evaluation Preview Engage stakeholders Clarify purpose of evaluation Identifying key questions Identify evaluation resources

17. 3. Focus the evaluation design Specify the evaluation design Specify the data collection methods Locate or develop data collection instruments

18. 4. Collect data Coordinate data collection What tasks need to be completed? Who should undertake these tasks? When should they be undertaken? What resources are required to do this?

19. 5. Analyse and interpret data Analysing the data Type of analysis driven by type of data Interpreting the findings

20. 6. Disseminate lessons learnt What reports will be prepared? What formats will be used? How will findings be disseminated?

21. Task An evaluation working group from the PCP PAC has been established, you are part of this working group. Using the HP Plan provided: What is the purpose of the evaluation? (there may be a number) What are the key questions? What type of evaluation design will you need to use? What data collection methods will be most appropriate?

22. Resources CPAN Physical Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit http://www.deakin.edu.au/hbs/cpan/PA_assessment__toolkit.pdf CDC Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/handbook/index.htm Victorian Population Health Survey www.health.vic.gov.au/healthstatus/vphs_current.htm#download Active Inform Bulletin (Kinect Australia) To subscribe email [email protected] Strength training evaluation tools For more information, Kirstan Corben [email protected] Pedometer challenge tools For more information, John Sawtell [email protected]

23. Kellie Horton Kinect Australia e: [email protected] p: (03) 8320 0127

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