How to create a regional physical activity knowledge exchange: Lessons learnt from Yorkshire and Humber
ISPAH ePoster Library. Brown J. Oct 15, 2018; 225301; 54
James Brown
James Brown
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Abstract IntroductionFollowing a ‘physical activity evaluation’ regional event in March 2016 multiple stakeholders recognised the need to bridge the gap between research and practice. A group of like-minded individuals who represented various stakeholder groups led the formation of the Yorkshire & Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange (YoHPAKE).ProcessInitial meetingsScoping eventFormation of services (membership sign up, virtual knowledge exchange, ask YoHPAKE)Launch conferenceOutcomesLaunched in November 2016, the membership now totals 255 individuals who represent over 50 stakeholder organisations including; Local Authorities, Universities, County Sports Partnerships, Leisure Trusts, the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine, Public Health England, Charities and Private Organisations.A virtual platform for the sharing of research and knowledge around physical activity.A membership platform to maintain accurate membership records.A virtual “ask YoHPAKE” platform where members can submit requests for support from other members.A schedule of physical events including an annual conference.Examples of projects will be presented. Lessons learntThere is a need for a central team to drive the development of the group and maintain momentum- this requires shared time and resource commitment from all the sectors represented.Clear roles, responsibilities and expectations need to be established and understood by all partners.The opportunity for collaboration is huge as we learn more about the priorities for each sector partner.Do not underestimate the differences between the sectors and their individual approaches to research and evaluation.
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