In this introduction to a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, authors Leviton and Strunk introduce the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design (ALbD) program and its evaluation.
The authors note that an evaluation of behavior change outcomes was the original evaluation plan, but became unworkable. Instead, in 2005, a smaller evaluation of ALbD was implemented focusing on policy and environment change. There were two components to this re-designed evaluation. Transtria LLC conducted a cross-site evaluation assessing if modest grants for planning, implementation, and advocacy could achieve changes in the policy and built environments. Second, using comprehensive workplans, local academic partners in Somerville, Mass. and Columbia, Mo., studied behavior change in their communities. Early policy and environmental changes proved these communities to be learning laboratories.
The authors observe that all of the supplement’s articles on ALbD have limitations, but provide an understanding of the change that occurred within ALbD environments over a five-year period. Looking forward, the ALbD program and evaluation help to identify and specify interventions that can be used and tested in the future.
Active Living by Design creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ALbD is part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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American Journal of Preventive Medicine Presents the Evaluation of RWJF's Active Living by Design Program
- 1. Lessons from a Mixed-Methods Approach to Evaluating Active Living by Design
- 2. Capturing Community Change
- 3. Identifying the Role of Community Partnerships in Creating Change to Support Active Living
- 4. Assessment for Active Living
- 5. Evaluation of Physical Projects and Policies from the Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 6. Programs and Promotions: Approaches by 25 Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 7. Active Living by Design: Sustainability Strategies
- 8. Concept Mapping: Priority Community Strategies to Create Changes to Support Active Living
- 9. Evaluation of Active Living by Design
- 10. Evaluation Results from an Active Living Intervention in Somerville, Massachusetts
- 11. Bike, Walk, and Wheel
- 12. A Walking School Bus Program
- 13. Creating a Moment for Active Living via a Media Campaign
- 14. Isanti County Active Living
- 15. Using a Bicycle-Pedestrian Count to Assess Active Living in Downtown Wilkes-Barre
- 16. Active Living by Design's Contributions to the Movement
- 17. Healthy People and the Design Sciences
- 18. Active Living by Design and Its Evaluation
- 19. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of School-Based Active Living Programs