Evaluation of Active Kids: A universal voucher scheme to increase participation in children in New South Wales (NSW) Australia
ISPAH ePoster Library. Reece L. Oct 15, 2018; 225107
Dr. Lindsey Reece
Dr. Lindsey Reece
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Abstract Most children in NSW Australia are insufficiently active, with 23% of children and 12% adolescents achieving physical activity recommendations for health1. Evidence suggests the implementation of a voucher scheme that supports participation in sport and physical activity, could result in a population change of up to 25% when delivered through a multi-component strategy2. From February 2018, the NSW State Government will allocate $207 million over 4 years to deliver a universal voucher system to school-enrolled children aged 4.5-18 years old. Active Kids aims to reduce the barriers for participation through providing $100 towards registration costs for children to participate in health-enhancing sport and physical activities outside of school, in weekend sport and structured physical activity programs. With mean state-wide expenditure on sport over $800 annually, existing data suggests 25% of all NSW families’ expenditure will be supported by the voucher, increasing to 30% in the most disadvantaged areas3. The complex pragmatic evaluation of Active Kids will adopt a quasi-experimental mixed-method design to assess program reach and implementation providing a cross-sectional view of individuals registering and redeeming a voucher. An evaluation cohort will be recruited to assess fine grained detail on desired health and physical activity behaviours. Outcomes will be stratified by registrant demographics (age, sex, and weight status, PA/sport status SES) to explore effects of Active Kids, adjusting for a wide variety of factors. The acceptability, engagement, and experience of the voucher scheme will be assessed from both the family and stakeholder perspective. External funding details Active Kids is funded by NSW government.
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