Physical Activity Evaluation

Physical Activity Evaluation

Standard Evaluation Framework for physical activity interventions

The Standard Evaluation Framework for physical activity interventions aims to describe and explain the information that should be collected in any evaluation of an intervention that aims to increase participation in physical activity. It is aimed at interventions that work at individual or group level, not at population level.
It provides detailed, specific guidance on the following areas:
1. How to identify appropriate physical activity outcomes for evaluating different types of intervention.
2. How to define suitable measures for different types of physical activity outcome.
3. How to approach the challenges of assessing and measuring physical activity and energy expenditure.

Evaluation of the National Exercise Referral Scheme

The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics (CISHE) to evaluate the National Exercise Referral Scheme. The aim of the project was to determine the effectiveness of the National Exercise Referral Schemes as it is rolled out in 13 implementation areas using a randomised control trial design from 2007 – 2009.

Download the The Evaluation of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales

Mentro Allan Case Studies

Mentro Allan was a Big Lottery Fund project which aimed to get people active in the outdoors. The Partners on the National Project included Sports Council for Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, WCVA, WLGA and NPHS.

The following case studies have been put together by Hall Aitken and Mabis who were appointed by the Big Lottery Fund to evaluate the Mentro Allan Projects in Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Swansea:

Bridgend Mentro Allan Evaluation

Cardiff Mentro Allan Evaluation

Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent Mentro Allan Evaluation

Newport Mentro Allan Evaluation

Powys Mentro Allan Evaluation

Rhondda Cynon Taff Mentro Allan Evaluation

Swansea Mentro Allan Evaluation


Free Swimming

Welsh Assembly Government’s  Data Summary Report for the period April 2004 to Sept 07.

Development of ‘Health Challenge Newport’ as a resource for rigorous evaluation of community-based health promotion initiatives

CISHE have been awarded a grant from the Welsh Office of Research and Development’s research funding scheme in collaboration with the Centre for Health Sciences Research, National Public Health Service and Newport Local Health Board. For more information visit the CISHE website .


Walking the Way to Health

The Countryside Council for Wales commissioned Aberystwyth University to analyse and interpret the project. For more information visit the Walking the Way to Health website .


Study of Health of Young People First for Wales

The University of Glamorgan is carrying out a research project which will monitor the physical health of young people in a South Wales Valleys community.

Working with pupils at Porth County Community School over an eighteen week period, researchers are monitoring obesity, physical fitness, cardiovascular risk factors, diet and psychological well being amongst 400 young people.

For more information visit the University of Glamorgan website.


Evaluation of the English Physical Activity Care Pathway

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the first feasibility trial of the English Physical Activity Care Pathway, which took place between September 2007 and August 2008.

Since the pilot, the Department of Health in the ‘Be Active Be Healthy’ strategy document, announced their intentions to disseminate the pathway, now entitled ‘Let’s Get Moving’. Further information is available from the Department of Health website .

The new Let’s Get Moving (LGM) physical activity care pathway is based on the principles of the NICE public health guidance 2006: Four Commonly Used Methods to Promote Physical Activity, which endorses the delivery of brief interventions for physical activity in primary care as both clinically and cost effective in the long term.