Capturing Community Change
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.
- All 25 partnerships leveraged ALbD resources to raise additional direct or in-kind contributions, grant awards, or policy project dollars; 437 additional resources, totaling $256 million, were raised.
- ALbD garnered 2,656 instances of media coverage of the partnerships, or of active living issues closely related to program goals.
- The ALbD partnerships led or contributed to 115 policy changes to foster active living, and created or expanded 115 physical activity programs.
- The partnerships created or improved 45 community planning products (such as, making neighborhood plans more bike- or pedestrian-friendly), and improved the physical environment in 188 instances.
- Overall, Year 2 was the most active and successful for ALbD grantees.
- The PRS had limitations; most notably, its diary style relied too heavily on the reporting diligence and skill of users, and made it difficult to capture distinctions in significance between results.
The ALbD was very successful in leveraging resources and results, and has led to the institutionalization of many active living initiatives.
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