Developing indicators for activity-friendly communities

The purpose of this project is to investigate how to develop indicator sets and community ratings systems for activity-friendly communities. A one-year planning process will be implemented that will identify and prioritize physical activity indicators that will enable the measurement and tracking of activity-friendly communities. An inventory of current physical activity indicator development activities at the national, state and community levels will be compiled using an empirically based framework. This project will evaluate the cataloged information by: (1) assessing the adequacy and validity of the reviewed indicators; (2) providing consensus on the most important policy and environmental indicators; (3) discussing the strengths and weaknesses of existing measurement approaches; and (4) determining future steps to develop valid and reliable measures of how policy and environment affect community physical activity levels. Results will be disseminated to researchers and practitioners via conference presentations and a professional journal. This project will be considered successful if it leads to the identification of a preliminary set of indicators to track the policies, programs, and environmental characteristics of population-level physical activity patterns and/or test the reliability of activity-friendly community rating lists.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $174,239.00

Awarded on: 4/27/2001

Time frame: 5/1/2001 - 9/30/2002

Grant Number: 40236


Saint Louis University

3663 Lindell Boulevard
Saint Louis, 63108-3342


Ross C. Brownson
Project Director