Evidence-based practice v. Practice-based evidence: Improving dissemination in community-based physical activity interventions

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Designing community-based physical activity interventions benefits from the exchange of evidence between research and practice (Halliday and Marwick, 2009). The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a model of real-world programme evaluation that employs a translational framework called RE-AIM to improve dissemination of evidence (Glasgow, Vogt, Boyles, 1999). The RE-AIM framework was used to evaluate a complex community physical activity intervention. Programme objectives were aligned to the RE-AIM domains and measures were assigned to each using a mixed-method approach including: document review, interviews, and selfreport measures of health-related quality of life (SF-12v2) (Ware, 2008). The individual-level measures showed the intervention had limited reach and effectiveness with regard to its intended objectives. The setting-level measures showed more progress was achieved in this domain but also highlighted issues that threatened the programme's proliferation and sustainability. The use of the RE-AIM framework provided a clear view of functional elements while demonstrating areas where research could improve practice and practice could inform research. Reporting on internal and external validity factors demonstrates the impact of public health interventions more clearly (Antikainen and Ellis, 2011). Using REAIM benefits both researchers and practitioners by improving dissemination and helping to make sense of contextual characteristics that influence the mechanisms and outcomes such interventions are designed to effect.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventSummer Conference of the Leisure Studies Association 2014: Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20149 Jul 2014
http://www.leisurestudies.org/lsa-events (Conference website.)
https://issuu.com/uniwestofscotland/docs/lsa_conference_booklet_2014 (Conference programme.)
https://issuu.com/uniwestofscotland/docs/lsa_conference_booklet_2014 (Conference Programme)


ConferenceSummer Conference of the Leisure Studies Association 2014
Abbreviated titleLSA 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherLSA 2014, Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures brings together comparative and contrasting perspectives upon both the digital age in leisure and upon digital practices as leisure - as prevalent in cultural forms, such as sport or festivity and other leisure pursuits. The conference takes place in a particularly important year for both Scotland and the global sporting and cultural communities. Scotland plays host to the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles. Culturally, 2014 also marks the second “Year of Homecoming”, encouraging the successors of the global Scottish diaspora to return home for a year of cultural “extravaganza and festivity.
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