Our approach to evaluation

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Meet the team - Research & Evaluation

Dr. Alexandra Potts - Research/Evaluation, Leeds Beckett University
Prof. Jim McKenna - Research/Evaluation, Leeds Beckett University
Chris Webber - Research/Evaluation, Leeds Beckett University
Laura Wilcock - Research/Evaluation, Leeds Beckett University
Makanaka Chinyemba - Intelligence Officer, Public Health Calderdale Council

Our project impacts multiple areas across Calderdale. To understand our impact on inactivity levels across the borough, we will evaluate each level of the outcomes outlined in our theory of change.

Data and Insight

The overall aim is to measure the year-on-year reduction of people who are inactive, this will be done through the national Sport England Active Lives Survey

In addition, the impact of physical activity changes in the social and physical environment has on individuals (mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, individual development, community development, economic development) will also be monitored through our annual Your Views Matter Local Activity Survey.

Certain projects will receive evaluation support on a local level (e.g., surveys, workshops, focus groups) to understand how these projects are having an impact on Calderdale residents, you can see these results on the evaluation tab of our blog.

Process Evaluation

The overall aim of the Process Evaluation is to understand how change is made to policies, working practices, and delivery and what the conditions are to create change within a system, what we can learn from this and transfer to other areas, and what the impact is on Calderdale residents through stories and case studies. We report on these twice a year to Sport England and the learnings help inform the next six months of work. Download our latest process evaluation report below.

The Influencer Matrix

The Influencer Matrix (IM) will form an integral part of the Process Evaluation and underpins the working ways the LDP adopts. It provides an opportunity to identify influences that contribute to an individual’s engagement in physical activity. More specifically, the IM explores an individual’s motivation (i.e., the want to engage in an activity) and their ability (i.e. are they able to engage in an activity) on an individual, societal, and environmental level. The IM proposes that if all six sources of influence can be activated, then an individual is equipped with everything they need to engage in that activity. It is important that each system within Active Calderdale is aware of how they can influence individuals and understand what they can do to better help individuals engage in physical activity.