Projects

All projects undertaken by the Research Institute are designed to improve our knowledge of how physical activity can be used as a public health tool. This ranges from large scale interventions, meta-analyses of current research and evaluations of
projects.

The ukactive Research Institute is currently undertaking the following projects:

Physical Activity - A Social Solution

Physical Activity - A Social Solution

Drawing on data from over 1.8m people across 651 leisure facilities over the past two years – this document takes an unprecedented look at the impact of public leisure on wider society, including calculating the social value of specific activities including football, swimming and group workouts.

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Moving Communities: Active Leisure Trends 2017 Report

Moving Communities: Active Leisure Trends 2017 Report

Using data from over three million customers and 130 million individual visits across 315 leisure centres over the past two years, this report offers an overview of the UK leisure landscape and how consumers are getting active. 

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Moving at Scale - Promising Practice

Moving at Scale - Promising Practice

This report provides practical guidance and support to those delivering physical activity interventions across the UK on how to effectively evaluate their work and shares learnings from the experience of others, focusing on the assessment of the quality of evaluation, not intervention.

 

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Exercise Referral

Exercise Referral

The ukactive Research Institute is working with ReferAll to understand what works in local exercise referral schemes.  

Project start date: Sep 2016         Project end date: On-going

 

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Active Bucks Evaluation

Active Bucks Evaluation

Buckingham County Council have funded a three year evaluation of their Active Bucks initiative, a country wide programme of activities designed to increase physical activity in the most inactive members of the community.  

Project start date: March 2015         Project end date: April 2018

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Physical activity counselling augmented with a social action intervention

Physical activity counselling augmented with a social action intervention

The project examines the effectiveness of the Let’s Get Moving Back Into pathway with the addition of a social action intervention.  Participants will be randomised based upon the surgery they attend. Control surgeries will deliver the core Let’s Get Moving programme as advised by the Department of Health. Intervention surgeries will deliver the Let’s Get Moving programme with increased social action and peer to peer interaction.

Project start date: Sep 2014          Project end date: Oct 2015

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Coca-Cola Great Britain ParkLives Evaluation

Coca-Cola Great Britain ParkLives Evaluation

Parklives aims to get more people active through a series of free outdoor activities being run in parks.  The ukactive Research Institute are the measurement and evaluation partner of Coca-Cola ParkLives - their flagship CSR programme.

Project start date: Sep 2014          Project end date: 2020

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Augmented clinical evaluation of physical activity counselling on cardiovascular risk factors

Augmented clinical evaluation of physical activity counselling on cardiovascular risk factors

This project examines the effectiveness of a brief intervention delivered by community exercise professionals in GP surgeries in Luton. The aim is to encourage participants to enter a community sports pathway comprising of 12 exercise sessions, and to go on to sustain increased levels of physical activity.

Project start date: Sep 2014          Project end date: Oct 2015

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Effects of exercise and physical activity counselling on cardiorespiratory risk factors

Effects of exercise and physical activity counselling on cardiorespiratory risk factors

This project examines the effects of physical activity counselling on cardio respiratory risk factors.

Project start date: Jan 2011          Project end date: On-going

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Physical Activity Promising Practice Collation

Physical Activity Promising Practice Collation

Read the report "Identifying 'what works' for local physical inactivity interventions".  The project was accomplished in partnership with The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) in Sheffield on behalf of Public Health England.

Project start date: Sep 2014          Project end date: Oct 2014

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Feasibility of fitness testing in primary schools

Feasibility of fitness testing in primary schools

The purpose of this investigation is to test the feasibility of delivering cardiorespiratory fitness testing in a primary school environment. All testing will be completed by existing service delivery staff.  Children’s cardiorespiratory fitness will be assessed at four points through the year.

Project start date: Sep 2014          Project end date: Oct 2015

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