A five-year, $15.5 million investment in the Active Living by Design (ALbD) community partnership leveraged $256 million in community improvements and produced “substantial and measurable results” in all five ALbD strategies tracked in a progress reporting system (PRS).
The ALbD initiative provided a maximum of $200,000 over five years to 25 community partnerships across the country to be used to make it easier for people to be active in their daily lives. Each partnership received access to a web-based, diary-style PRS, designed to track progress on the five ALbD strategies intended to influence community change. The PRS was not designed to record the impact of those strategies. Data was collected within the PRS from June 2004 (retroactively to the grant’s November 2003 start) through October 2008. This paper is part of a three-year cross-site evaluation started near the end of Year 3 of ALbD funding.
The ALbD was very successful in leveraging resources and results, and has led to the institutionalization of many active living initiatives.