Completing a database tracking federal spending on active living between 1990 and 2008 and expanding and focusing on the Safe Routes to School program

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.This study extends previous research completing a unique database tracking all federal expenditures on bicycle and pedestrian programs and improvements between 1990 and 2008. Amid the national perspective on federal investments in communities, investigators will expand and focus on the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and associated funding initiated through current federal transportation legislation in order to measure successful implementation and document economic investment in low-resource communities. The findings of this investigation will help to inform local, regional, and national policy discussions on how states and federal funding programs can influence economic investments in low-resource areas in order to support active environments for youth. Dissemination through policy networks will occur at local and regional levels via relationships established with the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids and NECON, a regional network of for public health policy and practice in New England. Investigators will also work to disseminate findings through the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) and the National Safe Routes to School Partnership. Specific deliverables will include a yearly report on progress, presentation at relevant conferences and submission of manuscript(s) to peer-reviewed journals. All policy-related communications will be created in collaboration with RWJF communications staff and consultants. No RWJF funds will be used for lobbying purposes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,983.00

Awarded on: 12/9/2008

Time frame: 1/1/2009 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 65699


Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, 02115-6028


Angie Lynn Irwin Cradock
Project Director