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 quality of evaluation, not intervention.
Two key areas were identified as challenges facing delivery bodies looking to achieve higher levels of evaluation: a lack of valid controls and or independent external evaluations. As a result, the report discusses:
1) What a control group is and why it is important?
2) What sort of control groups can be used?
3) The value in using an external evaluator (if appropriate).
4) The importance of considering evaluation at the earliest opportunity
The guidance and case studies discussed in the report have been provided to help drive continued improvement.
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