Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity and Public Health

London, England, 11-13 October 2018

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The 6th Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity and Public Health course was in London, England 11th – 13th October 2018 and hosted by Sport England. The course was an official Satellite event of the 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress.

There were 27 course delegates competitively selected from 9 different countries – Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Oman, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, USA and Australia. The course successfully brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers for joint capacity building in practically applied research and rigorous evaluation of physical activity programs. Delegates shared experiences from their home countries and it was an opportunity to learn from various settings and cultures.

We welcomed 7 faculty members from both the local region and international experts in evaluation who ran skill development sessions and shared learning from real world pragmatic evaluations. The 2.5-day face-to-face component of the course covered the breadth and depth of pragmatic evaluation. The pre-course online content was provided by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity at the University of Sydney. A post-course online module on complex evaluation was also piloted for the first time. All course completers were invited to join a growing international network of alumni that now contains 110 members from 33 different countries.

Plans for future iterations of the Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity and Public Health course are in motion in different parts of the world and further details can be obtained by contacting the course coordinators (pragmatic.evaluation@gmail.com). These courses are organised by Dr Paul Kelly (University of Edinburgh), Dr Karen Milton (University of East Anglia) and Dr Justin Richards (University of Sydney).