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The AHK-Wales Report Card 2018: Policy Measures - is it possible to ‘score’ qualitative data? / Malcolm Ward, Richard P. O. Tyler, Lowri C Edwards, Maggie Miller, Simon Williams, Gareth Stratton

Health Promotion International, Volume: 36, Issue: 4, Pages: 1151 - 1159

Swansea University Authors: Malcolm Ward, Richard P. O. Tyler, Maggie Miller, Gareth Stratton

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 9th November 2021

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DOI (Published version): 10.1093/heapro/daaa118

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Comprehensive and meaningful policy analysis in the field of physical activity is difficult, not least because of the variable influence of other policy domains. However, in 2011 a Policy Assessment Tool (PAT) was developed by members of the WHO European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing...

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Published in: Health Promotion International
ISSN: 0957-4824 1460-2245
Published: Oxford University Press (OUP) 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa55281
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Abstract: Comprehensive and meaningful policy analysis in the field of physical activity is difficult, not least because of the variable influence of other policy domains. However, in 2011 a Policy Assessment Tool (PAT) was developed by members of the WHO European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA Europe) and tested in several different countries. In 2014, Wales joined a global initiative, active healthy kids (AHK) Global Alliance, that supported the development of country level ‘Report Cards’ scoring a range of indicators that influence physical activity amongst children and young people, one of which was labelled ‘Government Strategies and Investments’. For the first two Report Cards this indicator and its associated ‘score’ was informed subjectively by expert consensus. In 2018, it was decided to utilize the Policy Audit Tool Version 2 (PAT v2) developed by HEPA Europe to aid analysis and to develop and test a scoring rubric aligned to the tool. The subsequent process indicated that the tool could be applied and translated into a ‘grade’ that could be used in conjunction with the other indicators of the AHK Report Card to generate overall Report Card grades. The use of both the HEPA PAT v2 and the scoring rubric offers an opportunity to provide greater consistency and potential for developing both comparative and trend data when assessing policy impact on physical activity in children and young people. These tools should be utilized by the AHK Global Alliance in future Report Cards.
Keywords: physical activity, policy, assessment, active healthy kids
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 4
Start Page: 1151
End Page: 1159