A 3-year qualitative evaluation was conducted of the 25 Active Living by Design (ALbD) communities to analyze their efforts on sustainability and securing ongoing active living initiatives.
The evaluation began toward the end of the third year of funding for the ALbD grantees (November 2006). The 25 communities utilized a variety of strategies to promote community health and well-being. The strategies fell under five categories: partnership expansion, sustainable funding, permanent advisory committees, policy change, and institution and organization changes. Data was analyzed from interviews, focus groups, and the Progress Reporting System.
This study offers a descriptive view of the challenges faced by communities in promoting and instigating changes to make their communities more physically active. Communities approached these challenges in different ways. Portland, OR for example, plans to maintain an Active Living Director’s position beyond that of the initial ALbD location. Four of the ALbD communities plan to staff a dedicated person responsible for overseeing components of active living.
In November 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded 25 communities throughout the U.S. with grants for the national program known as Active Living by Design. The program was designed to establish healthy, active lifestyles in the community by changing the built environment and public policies to make physical activity part of everyday life.
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