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Strength Training Program @ Caulfield Community Health Service EVALUATION APPROACHES. Kirstan Corben Health Promotion Coordinator 30 May 2005. Outline. CCHS Strength Training program Current approaches to evaluation Ideas about evaluation in the future. Aim. Aim:
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Strength Training Program @Caulfield Community Health ServiceEVALUATION APPROACHES Kirstan Corben Health Promotion Coordinator 30 May 2005
Outline • CCHS Strength Training program • Current approaches to evaluation • Ideas about evaluation in the future
Aim Aim: • To increase the level of physical activity within the local community through participation in strength training Target Population: • Adults from the local community (no defined catchment area), particular focus on older adults aged 60+ years
Objectives • To provide a safe and supportive environment for people to participate in physical activity • To offer information, advice and support to assist individuals to successfully undertake an individually tailored strength training program • To create opportunities for strengthening social connection among participants • To develop avenues for participants to become involved in the operation and development of the strength training program
The Program Now… • 520 participants attending twice each week • Cost of $3 per session • Supervised by fitness instructors • Conducted at Recreation Hall at CGMC • Based on long term participation • Major developments over last 6 years • Seen as an opportunity to: • Strengthen health promotion • Promote participation in physical activity • Support older people to achieve health • Meet a strong community need
Program Participants • Average age 68 years • 88% female • 32% live in Caulfield • Commonly self referred • Participants begin strength training to achieve health benefits • Participants continue predominantly because: • Enjoyment • Social connection • Feel comfortable in the environment
Current Approaches to Evaluation • Indicators for process and impact • Agreed methods for evaluation • Developed tools • Made some progress • Keen to make further progress!
Indicators • Number of registered participants • Attendance patterns (frequency, regularity of participation) • Participant satisfaction (environment, instructors, equipment, exercise programs) • Program progression (changes in weights, exercises) • Participant feedback (self reported changes in function, health and fitness, social benefits) • Physical outcomes for individual participants (reassessment measures)
Methods and Tools • Focus group with instructors (quarterly) • Formal participant assessment and reassessment • Standardised • Validated measures • Participant feedback survey (annually)
Results • Demographics of participant group • Ideas about program development • Feedback about previous changes • Likes, dislikes, preferences • Suggested improvements e.g. coffee mornings, strong news • Results inform future program operation and development • Long term = stronger program success
Ideas for Future Evaluation • ISEPICH Strength Training Network • Standardise aspects of evaluation within all programs