User's experiences on the Global Observatory Physical Activity (GoPA!) Country Cards
ISPAH ePoster Library. Ramirez Varela A. 10/15/18; 225270; 430
Dr. Andrea Ramirez Varela
Dr. Andrea Ramirez Varela
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) developed standardized country-specific physical activity profiles (“Country Cards”) with comparable indicators for surveillance, policy and research data. The aim of this process evaluation was to assess the experience of Country Card users and to explore the public audience’s reaction to the cards. Methods:<\b>
Cross sectional internet-based survey conducted between August-October 2016 with physical activity leaders and advocates in academia, government and practice from the GoPA! countries. Open-ended questions explored the experience of the users to better understand the utility of the Country Cards. Results:<\b>
86 respondents from 55 countries completed the open-ended questions. An imbalance by country income groups was identified. Whilst 56 responses came from high-income countries, 4 responses came from low-income countries. Participants mainly used these cards for advocacy/media (N=16), at governmental level (N=14) and for research (N=10). Thirteen (N=13) participants were not aware of the cards prior to the process evaluation. 21 (N=21) participants indicate the cards stimulate interest in global physical activity inequality and research. Eleven (N=11) participants noted limited impact of the Country Cards whilst six participants (N=6) valued the facilitation of country comparisons. Data inaccuracy was mentioned by four (N=4) participants. Conclusion:<\b>
The Country Cards are used as advocacy tools, to stimulate discussion on physical activity surveillance and research and to guide policy as intended. GoPA! needs to conduct repeated evaluations and target specifically lower income countries to enhance generalizability of the findings. The planned refinement of the cards will help resolve concerns regarding data inaccuracy. External funding details Funding was provided by Wellcome Trust
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) developed standardized country-specific physical activity profiles (“Country Cards”) with comparable indicators for surveillance, policy and research data. The aim of this process evaluation was to assess the experience of Country Card users and to explore the public audience’s reaction to the cards. Methods:<\b>
Cross sectional internet-based survey conducted between August-October 2016 with physical activity leaders and advocates in academia, government and practice from the GoPA! countries. Open-ended questions explored the experience of the users to better understand the utility of the Country Cards. Results:<\b>
86 respondents from 55 countries completed the open-ended questions. An imbalance by country income groups was identified. Whilst 56 responses came from high-income countries, 4 responses came from low-income countries. Participants mainly used these cards for advocacy/media (N=16), at governmental level (N=14) and for research (N=10). Thirteen (N=13) participants were not aware of the cards prior to the process evaluation. 21 (N=21) participants indicate the cards stimulate interest in global physical activity inequality and research. Eleven (N=11) participants noted limited impact of the Country Cards whilst six participants (N=6) valued the facilitation of country comparisons. Data inaccuracy was mentioned by four (N=4) participants. Conclusion:<\b>
The Country Cards are used as advocacy tools, to stimulate discussion on physical activity surveillance and research and to guide policy as intended. GoPA! needs to conduct repeated evaluations and target specifically lower income countries to enhance generalizability of the findings. The planned refinement of the cards will help resolve concerns regarding data inaccuracy. External funding details Funding was provided by Wellcome Trust
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