Physical Activity and the Regeneration of Connswater (the PARC Study)

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sch of Biological Sciences

Abstract

Increasing participation in physical activity has great potential for improving public health. The trends towards sedentary living have their origins in changes at community and societal levels indicative of shifting cultural norms. A ?natural experiment? afforded by a major urban regeneration Big Lottery Award will be used to study the impact of environmental change and the creation of an urban ?Greenway? in East Belfast, on physical activity levels and the social capital for further public health gain . A multi-disciplinary research team will first engage with the local community to shape the detailed research plans and devise appropriate social marketing material for the Greenway. Members of the local community and East Belfast Partnership will join the researchers in monitoring the project over its five years and in preparing final evaluation reports. The engagement of the research team from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) with key stakeholders and decision makers will enhance the translation of findings into more informed policy and practice.

Technical Summary

The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) is one of three 2008 Big Lottery Living Landmarks awards and is a major environmental improvement project in East Belfast, which will connect 379 acres of public open space, building 43 bridges and 19kms of cycle and walkways. Around 40,000 people, most from inner city deprived neighbourhoods and living adjacent to CCG, will, by 2013, benefit from a better living environment, opportunities for leisure, exercise, recreation and support for healthier lifestyles.
We will use the opportunity afforded by this ?natural experiment? to design a systems-based approach to the promotion of physical activity (PA) and thereby determine the ability of individual, community and organizational networks and of the characteristics of the local environment to change behaviours. The cost effectiveness of this socio-ecological approach will also be assessed.
Using a PRECEDE-PROCEDE framework, a multi-stakeholder team will first engage with the targeted communities and devise a logic model for a suite of PA promotion interventions involving statutory and voluntary bodies in the CCG area. A baseline survey will be conducted of a random sample of households in the electoral wards of the CCG area before the urban regeneration project begins. This will assess attitudes to and levels of habitual physical activity, perceptions of the characteristics of the environment associated with active travel and physical activity, individual and social networks and their potential influence on their behaviour. A contemporaneous survey by SportNI of PA behaviours across Northern Ireland will generate a number of ?comparator? communities with which CCG will be compared. Process measures to judge the ?dose?, fidelity and costs of implementing interventions will include an assessment of the changes in ?walkability?, awareness and take-up of PA promoting interventions, the trends and patterns of activity of novel PA ?loyalty? scheme users, and the use made of new environmental amenities or different types of transport. These will be enriched by a qualitative and quantitative study of the voluntary and statutory stakeholder partnerships during the implementation period (2009-2013). A repeat survey of CCG households, more than six months after the completion of the Connswater Greenway construction will be timed to coincide with a further province wide survey of physical activity behaviours conducted by SportNI.
Primary endpoints will be the change in the proportion of residents in the CCG area who achieve recommended levels of PA (150mins per week), over the period 2009-2013, compared to other parts of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Organisations

Publications

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Benton J (2016) The effect of changing the built environment on physical activity: a quantitative review of the risk of bias in natural experiments in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Dallat MA (2012) Assessment of interventions to address the built environment. in Lancet (London, England)

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Dallat MAT (2014) A lesson in business: cost-effectiveness analysis of a novel financial incentive intervention for increasing physical activity in the workplace in International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference, San Diego, May 2014

 
Description Active Belfast Initiative Steering Committee
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description CEPA - Council for Environment and Physical Activity
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description HEPA Europe sub-committee
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Early Career Research Network
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Making Life Better - strategic framework for public health
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/making-life-better-strategy-and-reports
 
Description NICE: Expert panel meeting - Physical activity and the environment, including accessibility for people with mobility problems or additional needs
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Regional Obesity Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description SportNI - Sport and Physical Activity Survey
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
URL https://www.scribd.com/doc/73014459/The-Northern-Ireland-Sport-and-Physical-Activity-Survey-2010-SAP...
 
Description CHI - Centre for Health Improvement, Queen's University Belfast
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2011 
End 07/2013
 
Description Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Studentships (Title: A Mixed Methods Approach Investigating The Impact Of Urban Regeneration On Public Health)
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (2 x Research Assistant positions)
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2010 
End 03/2011
 
Description Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (Ph.D Studentships) (Claire Cleland)
Amount £48,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Description Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (Ph.D Studentships) - Wendy Scott
Amount £48,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2013
 
Description ERASMUS - Travel Scholarship Funds (Dr Mary Dallat)
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2011 
End 07/2011
 
Description Enabling Research Award
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA) 
Department HSC Research and Development
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 12/2015
 
Description European Centre for Connected Health (ECCH)
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Organisation Centre for Connected Health and Social Care 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 02/2018
 
Description Festival of Science
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2012 
End 11/2012
 
Description HSC Knowledge Transfer Scheme: A web-delivered physical activity tool to support pre-diabetics to increase their physical activity levels - "the each step counts tool"
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Funding ID RES/4794/13 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA) 
Department HSC Research and Development
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description Health Research Board and NIH (Dr Mary Dallat)
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Health Research Board (HRB) 
Sector Public
Country Ireland
Start 09/2011 
End 08/2013
 
Description Health Research Board and NIH (Dr Mary Dallat)
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 09/2011 
End 08/2013
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Grant - KESUE project
Amount £119,985 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/J010588/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
End 07/2013
 
Description Leadership Programme in Ageing Research Fellowship (Dr Joanna McHugh) - {FK}
Amount € 225,000 (EUR)
Organisation Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Ireland
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Leadership Programme in Ageing Research Fellowship (Dr Mark ODoherty) - {MOD}
Amount € 150,000 (EUR)
Organisation Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Ireland
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2017
 
Description MRC Methodology Network PhD Studentships
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Department MRC Hubs for Trial Methodology Research
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 02/2018
 
Description NIHR Career Development Fellowship
Amount £420,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CDF-2014-07-020 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2017
 
Description NIHR Public Health Funding Board: Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a physical activity loyalty card to maintain behaviour change
Amount £1,031,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 12/211/82 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2017
 
Description NIHR Public Health Research Board: A feasibility and pilot RCT of a peer-led walking programme to increase physical activity in inactive older adults - "Walk with Me Study"
Amount £292,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PHR 12/133 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2014 
End 06/2017
 
Description PARC Study extension funding
Amount £210,000 (GBP)
Funding ID G0802045 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Department National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI)
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 02/2018
 
Description PhD Studentship (Jenny Murray) - {FK}
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description PhD Studentship (Rakesh Corepal) - {FK}
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland 
Department Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Philip Poole Wilson Seed Corn Fund
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation BUPA 
Department BUPA Foundation
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Description Public Health Agency - Health Improvement Team (supporting the NIHR technology build)
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA) 
Department HSC Research and Development
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description Public Health Agency Northern Ireland
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PHALoyaltyCard 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 03/2013
 
Title Complex methodology for evaluating large scale urban regeneration projects 
Description We have developed a novel method for evaluating large, complex urban regeneration projects. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This method has been published in BMC Public Health and has been used to inform the evaluation framework for the Active Belfast Initiative. 
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24103381
 
Title Novel content analysis technique 
Description Prof Lindsay Prior has developed a novel content analysis technique to investigate qualitative data from focus groups and interviews. During analysis our attention was centred not simply on how many times a given item or element was referred to in speech, but also on how the codes were co-associated in the talk of the participants - that is, on how things were linked. Using novel methods of content analysis (Prior, 2014), the results can be visualized in what we refer to as 'issue webs'. Diagrams are drawn with the aid of the social network analysis programme Pajek. The size of the nodes is proportional to the number of references to the code made by the participants (excluding the moderator). A square root function is used to transform the data so as to manage the wide disparity in the number of references to, say, 'walking' as against 'summer' and to render the web more readable (so raw differences in node size can be considerable). The thickness of the arcs (or lines) between the nodes is proportional to the strength of the co-association between codes. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This has resulted in a publication in Social Science and Medicine; Exploring lay views on physical activity and their implications for public health policy- a case study from east Belfast (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614003098). Prof Prior has also published a book that details this novel method of analysis: The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods. Oxford Library of Psychology. 
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614003098
 
Title Real Walkable Network 
Description Prof Geraint Ellis has led the development of the Real Walkable Network which involves using the footpath network (as opposed to the road network) to assess the walkability of the built environment. This tool is being used to inform public health and planning policy and practice. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To date, this work has led to mapping of the footpath network in Belfast and Londonderry/Derry (covering 37% of the Northern Ireland population); a successful application to the ESRC Knowledge Exchange fund; 11 dissemination workshops in the UK and Ireland to academics and practitioners in public health and planning; a manuscript under review with Environmental Policy and Planning B; and use of the tool to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative by development of a "physical activity atlas" detailing physical activity opportunities in the Belfast area. 
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/
 
Title Social Network Analysis 
Description We have developed a novel method of collecting objective, real time social network data using transaction data collected during the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. Subsequently, a random graph generator algorithm (AGWAN) has been developed which can be used to investigate the attributes of those who are active together and how this changes over time. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data collection method was presented at the Lancet Public Health Conference, London, Nov 2012. The random graphs generator algorithm was presented at an international workshop, Czech Republic, Sept 2013. A manuscript has been accepted by the American Journal of Public Health (in press). 
URL http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)60407-9/abstract
 
Title Sustainable "business model" financial incentive interventions 
Description Dr Ruth Hunter has led the development of a sustainable business model to aid the large scale implementation and long-term sustainability of financial incentive interventions for behaviour change. This method is based on the concept of loyalty cards used in commonly in the business sector and employing it in public health whereby participants earn points and rewards for behaviour change sponsored by local businesses. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This work has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and BMC Public Health 2013 and was employed in a large scale grant application to NIHR investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card for sustainable behaviour change (successful). 
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23790989
 
Title PAL database (including behavioural economic field experiments) 
Description We have completed the collection of data from n=406 participants from the PAL pilot trial at Stormont. The database contains a range of data for each participant including demographic characteristics, physical activity levels, health, mental wellbeing, behavioural economic field experiments and time discounting behaviour. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This has resulted in a number of publications including the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health and BMC Public Health. Two papers are currently being prepared for the Journal of Health Economics and Social Science and Medicine. 
 
Title Survey database (PARC Study) 
Description We have completed the collection of data from n=1209 participants from our PARC Household Survey. The database contains a range of data for each participant including demographic characteristics, physical activity levels, health, mental health, awareness, social capital, contingent behaviour and walkability measures. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This database is currently being interrogated to write a number of manuscripts regarding physical activity and the built environment. 
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Belfast Education and Library Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Department Health Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Belfast Healthy Cities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Department of Transport
Department Sustainable Transport Branch
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Social Development (DSD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Active Belfast Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Active Belfast Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Sport Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Ulster University
Department Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Active Belfast Initiative 
Organisation Volunteer Now
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the Active Belfast Steering Committee and co-chairs the Research and Evaluation sub-group. Dr Mark Tully is also a member of this sub-group. Both researchers provide significant expertise in regards to monitoring and evaluation of the Active Belfast initiative.
Collaborator Contribution The broad range of partners provide expertise regarding many different aspects of physical activity, for example, in active travel, sport, volunteering, community development, implementation and large scale roll out of physical activity interventions.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a 5 year Strategy and Action Plan to inform the work of the Active Belfast Initiative. Further, a Monitoring and Evaluation framework has been developed.
Start Year 2012
 
Description BUPA - Incentivising Physical Activity 
Organisation Newcastle University
Department Institute of Health and Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team are providing expertise in intervention development, physical activity and public health research, had the initial concept for the study and led the development of the funding application.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborator has provided specific expertise in regards to the financial incentive aspect of the intervention.
Impact This led to a successful grant application to the BUPA Foundation Philip Poole Wilson Seed Corn Fund. This project has now been completed and a manuscript is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Belfast City Council - SOPARC 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Department Parks and Leisure Department Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully have contributed significantly to this collaborative project through the design and development of an Android app which will aid the wide scale roll out of collecting data regarding park use in 48 parks and green spaces in the Belfast City Council area. We have also been involved in training park wardens/mangers in the SOPARC techniques to ensure that the data is collected in a standardised manner.
Collaborator Contribution Belfast City Council has contributed expertise in regards to accessing and mapping of their local parks for data collection. They have also been involved in the interpretation and analysis of findings, and refinement of the methods to ensure that they are tailored to the City Council's needs.
Impact Outputs to date include the development of a bespoke Android app which is now complete. The app was pilot tested in 4 parks in the City in June 2014. Following this, the app was updated based on feedback from the park wardens. The next stage is to roll this work out across the City. To date, 24 parks wardens have undergone training in SOPARC methodology and using the app. In terms of impact, the data collected using the app has been used to evaluate the effects of a Dog Enclosure in a park in North Belfast. This information has been used to put together a report to the Committee regarding the impact of dogs off the lead enclosure on dog control in the park which was highlighted as a significant problem by park users and local residents.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Belfast City Council - SOPARC 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully have contributed significantly to this collaborative project through the design and development of an Android app which will aid the wide scale roll out of collecting data regarding park use in 48 parks and green spaces in the Belfast City Council area. We have also been involved in training park wardens/mangers in the SOPARC techniques to ensure that the data is collected in a standardised manner.
Collaborator Contribution Belfast City Council has contributed expertise in regards to accessing and mapping of their local parks for data collection. They have also been involved in the interpretation and analysis of findings, and refinement of the methods to ensure that they are tailored to the City Council's needs.
Impact Outputs to date include the development of a bespoke Android app which is now complete. The app was pilot tested in 4 parks in the City in June 2014. Following this, the app was updated based on feedback from the park wardens. The next stage is to roll this work out across the City. To date, 24 parks wardens have undergone training in SOPARC methodology and using the app. In terms of impact, the data collected using the app has been used to evaluate the effects of a Dog Enclosure in a park in North Belfast. This information has been used to put together a report to the Committee regarding the impact of dogs off the lead enclosure on dog control in the park which was highlighted as a significant problem by park users and local residents.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation Deakin University
Department Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation University of South Australia
Department Sansom Institute for Health Research
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation University of South Carolina
Department Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation University of Southern Denmark
Department Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Department Centre for the Built Environment and Health
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CEPA - Urban Green Space group 
Organisation Western Sydney University
Department School of Science & Health
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team has led the development of a review of physical activity interventions in urban green space and provides knowledge and experience from the large scale natural experiment.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the review through commenting on the protocol, independent screening of titles/abstracts and data extraction and provide knowledge based on their considerable experience in physical activity and urban green space.
Impact This collaboration has led to the successful submission and presentation of a symposium on the importance of urban green space in public health at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), May 2014. A manuscript on this work is currently under review with Social Science and Medicine.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Cambridge collaboration 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cambridge Institute of Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A senior researcher at the University of Cambridge and international expert in evaluating natural experiments is a member of the PARC study Scientific Advisory panel. This collaboration contributes significant intellectual input to our study.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration adds scientific rigour to our research project.
Impact The PARC Scientific Advisory panel met for the fourth time in October 2014 in which the research team provided an update on study progress to date and discussed implications of the revised study timelines and post-evaluation plans following confirmation of the study extension to February 2018. This resulted in scientific rigour being added to our study. This collaboration led to Dr Mark Tully taking a position as visiting researcher at University of Cambridge to provide input into an evaluation of a natural experiment they are conducting. A manuscript based on research conducted during this visit has been published in Plos One (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919185).
Start Year 2010
 
Description Cochrane Review - Built Environment Interventions for Physical Activity 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department Specialist Unit for Review Evidence
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Mark Tully is leading the research study investigating built environment interventions for physical activity in the children and adults. Also, Dr. Ruth Hunter has made significant contribution to this work through independently screening the titles/abstracts, full texts and extracting data. Prof Frank Kee provides considerable public health expertise to the project. The research benefits from the expertise in built environment and physical activity that has been developed from the PARC Study team.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from Oxford University has published extensively in the field of physical activity and has co-authored a number of Cochrane reviews in this area, therefore contributing significant intellectual property to the collaboration. The Director of the Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE) and Associate Director of the Research & Academic Engagement is involved on a wide range of systematic review and other evidence synthesis projects in public health and is a member of the Cochrane Public Health Review Group. She contributes significant expertise regarding systematic review methodology to the collaboration. A statistician in our research centre is contributing expertise regarding meta-analyses and data synthesis to the collaboration.
Impact The study protocol has been published in the Cochrane database. To date, database searching and initial screening of 12,224 titles/abstracts have been completed. Further, evidence synthesis and meta-analyses are complete and the team plan to submit the full review in December 2014.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Cochrane Review - Built Environment Interventions for Physical Activity 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Centre for Public Health (CPH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Mark Tully is leading the research study investigating built environment interventions for physical activity in the children and adults. Also, Dr. Ruth Hunter has made significant contribution to this work through independently screening the titles/abstracts, full texts and extracting data. Prof Frank Kee provides considerable public health expertise to the project. The research benefits from the expertise in built environment and physical activity that has been developed from the PARC Study team.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from Oxford University has published extensively in the field of physical activity and has co-authored a number of Cochrane reviews in this area, therefore contributing significant intellectual property to the collaboration. The Director of the Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE) and Associate Director of the Research & Academic Engagement is involved on a wide range of systematic review and other evidence synthesis projects in public health and is a member of the Cochrane Public Health Review Group. She contributes significant expertise regarding systematic review methodology to the collaboration. A statistician in our research centre is contributing expertise regarding meta-analyses and data synthesis to the collaboration.
Impact The study protocol has been published in the Cochrane database. To date, database searching and initial screening of 12,224 titles/abstracts have been completed. Further, evidence synthesis and meta-analyses are complete and the team plan to submit the full review in December 2014.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Cochrane Review - Built Environment Interventions for Physical Activity 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Mark Tully is leading the research study investigating built environment interventions for physical activity in the children and adults. Also, Dr. Ruth Hunter has made significant contribution to this work through independently screening the titles/abstracts, full texts and extracting data. Prof Frank Kee provides considerable public health expertise to the project. The research benefits from the expertise in built environment and physical activity that has been developed from the PARC Study team.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from Oxford University has published extensively in the field of physical activity and has co-authored a number of Cochrane reviews in this area, therefore contributing significant intellectual property to the collaboration. The Director of the Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE) and Associate Director of the Research & Academic Engagement is involved on a wide range of systematic review and other evidence synthesis projects in public health and is a member of the Cochrane Public Health Review Group. She contributes significant expertise regarding systematic review methodology to the collaboration. A statistician in our research centre is contributing expertise regarding meta-analyses and data synthesis to the collaboration.
Impact The study protocol has been published in the Cochrane database. To date, database searching and initial screening of 12,224 titles/abstracts have been completed. Further, evidence synthesis and meta-analyses are complete and the team plan to submit the full review in December 2014.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Development of an incentive and reward loyalty scheme to improve early years health {RH} 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee are co-investigators on a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme led by the University of Stirling. This grant applies the concept of the loyalty card scheme that we have developed to improve lifestyle behaviours for pregnant mothers around childbirth: namely smoking, obesity and breastfeeding.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in the University of Stirling are leading this bid. They bring significant expertise in the use of incentives for smoking, public health policy, primary care, breastfeeding and qualitative research methods.
Impact Currently awaiting the outcome of a grant application submitted to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Durham University and Newcastle University 
Organisation Durham University
Department Durham University Business School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is making a significant intellectual contribution via the study design/implementation and access to data of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. In addition, we are providing public health and physical activity expertise to this project and a postdoctoral Research Fellow in our team is undertaking the data analyses and dissemination of this research.
Collaborator Contribution Senior academics at Durham University and Newcastle University are providing expertise in econometrics and behavioural economics.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the design, implementation and evaluation of a follow-on study to the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme which has been completed and analysis is currently underway. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, linking together public health researchers, physical activity researchers and behavioural economists. The team are currently working on three manuscripts which will be submitted in 3-6 months time to high-impact peer-reviewed journals in the fields of economics and public health (systematic review on time discounting behaviour and physical activity; a methodology paper; analyses to investigate the effects of time discounting behaviour on physical activity).
Start Year 2012
 
Description Durham University and Newcastle University 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is making a significant intellectual contribution via the study design/implementation and access to data of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. In addition, we are providing public health and physical activity expertise to this project and a postdoctoral Research Fellow in our team is undertaking the data analyses and dissemination of this research.
Collaborator Contribution Senior academics at Durham University and Newcastle University are providing expertise in econometrics and behavioural economics.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the design, implementation and evaluation of a follow-on study to the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme which has been completed and analysis is currently underway. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, linking together public health researchers, physical activity researchers and behavioural economists. The team are currently working on three manuscripts which will be submitted in 3-6 months time to high-impact peer-reviewed journals in the fields of economics and public health (systematic review on time discounting behaviour and physical activity; a methodology paper; analyses to investigate the effects of time discounting behaviour on physical activity).
Start Year 2012
 
Description ERASMUS 
Organisation Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department Department of Public Health
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing physical activity analysis expertise in regards to the economic evaluation of the Connswater Community Greenway project.
Collaborator Contribution Senior academics at Erasmus University have contributed significant intellectual property in regards to using the PREVENT model in our cost-effectiveness evaluation.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in publication of a manuscript in the European Journal of Public Health and response letter in the Lancet. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, linking together public health researchers, physical activity researchers and health economists.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Future Research Leaders application 
Organisation Deakin University
Department Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter has applied for an ESRC Future Research Leaders award which builds on our work investigating the effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty Card for behaviour change. Our research team supports this application through expertise in public health, physical activity, use of incentives for behavior change, statistics and behavioural economics.
Collaborator Contribution The project collaborators provide specific expertise and have made significant contributions to the application in the following areas: a senior researcher from Yale University has contributed knowledge in regards to the use of incentives for public health behaviour change; a senior researcher from Deakin University has provided expertise in the area of designing physical activity interventions, and a senior researcher from the MRC Methodology Hub has made key contributions in regards to the design, implementation and analysis of complex public health interventions.
Impact An application was made to the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2013
 
Description ESRC Future Research Leaders application 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department MRC All-Ireland Methodology Hub
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter has applied for an ESRC Future Research Leaders award which builds on our work investigating the effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty Card for behaviour change. Our research team supports this application through expertise in public health, physical activity, use of incentives for behavior change, statistics and behavioural economics.
Collaborator Contribution The project collaborators provide specific expertise and have made significant contributions to the application in the following areas: a senior researcher from Yale University has contributed knowledge in regards to the use of incentives for public health behaviour change; a senior researcher from Deakin University has provided expertise in the area of designing physical activity interventions, and a senior researcher from the MRC Methodology Hub has made key contributions in regards to the design, implementation and analysis of complex public health interventions.
Impact An application was made to the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2013
 
Description ESRC Future Research Leaders application 
Organisation Yale University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter has applied for an ESRC Future Research Leaders award which builds on our work investigating the effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty Card for behaviour change. Our research team supports this application through expertise in public health, physical activity, use of incentives for behavior change, statistics and behavioural economics.
Collaborator Contribution The project collaborators provide specific expertise and have made significant contributions to the application in the following areas: a senior researcher from Yale University has contributed knowledge in regards to the use of incentives for public health behaviour change; a senior researcher from Deakin University has provided expertise in the area of designing physical activity interventions, and a senior researcher from the MRC Methodology Hub has made key contributions in regards to the design, implementation and analysis of complex public health interventions.
Impact An application was made to the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2013
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Department Parks and Leisure Department Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Belfast Healthy Cities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Derry City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland
Department Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department of Regional Development (DRD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Manchester City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG
Department Stoke on Trent Healthy City
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fund - Walkability Model 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the research team in developing a Walkability Model as part of the PARC Study's objective to investigate the role of the built environment for physical activity. The research team has contributed significantly to this work particularly in regards to GIS data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership with DRD will provide important links to relevant policies including the 'Northern Ireland Regional Transport Strategy'. The partnership with Belfast City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is tailored specifically for the end user. The work will also link closely with the Council's 'City of Neighbourhoods' proposal. The partnership with Derry City Council will ensure that the Walkability Model developed is specifically tailored for the end user. The partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities will provide essential links with other cities within the 'Healthy Cities' network that will aid with the dissemination of our work. This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that the work developed by this work will directly benefit public health practitioners working in the area. This partnership with DHSSPSNI will ensure that our work is linked directly with relevant policies including the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Framework. These partnerships will aid in the dissemination of our Walkability tool to a UK audience by helping host UK-wide workshops.
Impact The research team were successfully awarded funding from the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme with matched funding provided from the above named partners (total £120,000). The published final report details the range of engagement activities and impact of this work: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Output/Filetoupload,430445,en.pdf In addition, 3 members of the PARC Study research team have been invited to give a seminar on the PARC Study and KESUE project at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow University on 27th November 2014. The team will also discuss potential areas for future collaboration with Glasgow University.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC co-investment pilot scheme - Physical Activity Referral Scheme 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Department Parks and Leisure Department Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Building on our Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme pilot study, we have further developed this work to investigate the use of incentives to encourage those who are referred onto the Physical Activity Referral Scheme by GP's and other health professionals. Our research team, led by Dr Ruth Hunter contribute experience researching the use of incentives and 'nudging' for encouraging physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that this work directly links with those who are currently responsible for the implementation of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme. Through our partnership with a number of local retailers we have been able to actively engage businesses with the public health sector. Furthermore, the businesses have provided the incentives/rewards to encourage participants to be more active. In particular, we have partnered with Club Marketing Services Ltd in order to help us engage with the business/retail sector.
Impact We submitted a grant application to the ESRC Co-investment Pilot Scheme November 2011 (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC co-investment pilot scheme - Physical Activity Referral Scheme 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department School of Social Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on our Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme pilot study, we have further developed this work to investigate the use of incentives to encourage those who are referred onto the Physical Activity Referral Scheme by GP's and other health professionals. Our research team, led by Dr Ruth Hunter contribute experience researching the use of incentives and 'nudging' for encouraging physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that this work directly links with those who are currently responsible for the implementation of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme. Through our partnership with a number of local retailers we have been able to actively engage businesses with the public health sector. Furthermore, the businesses have provided the incentives/rewards to encourage participants to be more active. In particular, we have partnered with Club Marketing Services Ltd in order to help us engage with the business/retail sector.
Impact We submitted a grant application to the ESRC Co-investment Pilot Scheme November 2011 (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC co-investment pilot scheme - Physical Activity Referral Scheme 
Organisation Club Marketing Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Building on our Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme pilot study, we have further developed this work to investigate the use of incentives to encourage those who are referred onto the Physical Activity Referral Scheme by GP's and other health professionals. Our research team, led by Dr Ruth Hunter contribute experience researching the use of incentives and 'nudging' for encouraging physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that this work directly links with those who are currently responsible for the implementation of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme. Through our partnership with a number of local retailers we have been able to actively engage businesses with the public health sector. Furthermore, the businesses have provided the incentives/rewards to encourage participants to be more active. In particular, we have partnered with Club Marketing Services Ltd in order to help us engage with the business/retail sector.
Impact We submitted a grant application to the ESRC Co-investment Pilot Scheme November 2011 (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2011
 
Description ESRC co-investment pilot scheme - Physical Activity Referral Scheme 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Building on our Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme pilot study, we have further developed this work to investigate the use of incentives to encourage those who are referred onto the Physical Activity Referral Scheme by GP's and other health professionals. Our research team, led by Dr Ruth Hunter contribute experience researching the use of incentives and 'nudging' for encouraging physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership with the Public Health Agency will ensure that this work directly links with those who are currently responsible for the implementation of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme. Through our partnership with a number of local retailers we have been able to actively engage businesses with the public health sector. Furthermore, the businesses have provided the incentives/rewards to encourage participants to be more active. In particular, we have partnered with Club Marketing Services Ltd in order to help us engage with the business/retail sector.
Impact We submitted a grant application to the ESRC Co-investment Pilot Scheme November 2011 (unsuccessful).
Start Year 2011
 
Description GIS Methodology Workshop 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Department Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis has led the development of a novel methodology for measuring walkability involving mapping the footpath network (Real Walkable Network).
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from the LSHTM has led a large scale evaluation of the London Olympic Park which has involved the collection of GIS data using the methodology employed in the PARC Study.
Impact A workshop took place in Belfast on 17-18th February 2014 which will showcased the real Walkable Network tool to a range of local stakeholders and partners. A funding application has been made to the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network (PHSRN) in partnership with LSHTM to co-host a workshop entitled "Advancing environmental exposure assessment in population health". This workshop aims to stimulate debate around current global best practice in this area and to explore the possibilities for methodological development in two key areas i) better use of secondary data on the environment, including the potential of 'big' data to enhance investments in existing cohorts and health surveys and ii) technological development to improve collection of primary environmental data.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Health Research Board (HRB) and NIH Studentship 
Organisation Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Country United States 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution This collaboration involves the joint supervision of a Ph.D student.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has resulted in the joint supervision of a Ph.D student investigating the cost-effectiveness of the impact of the Connswater Community Greenway.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the publication of a manuscript in the European Journal of Public Health.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Intelligent Health Ltd 
Organisation Intelligent Health Ltd, UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The director of Intelligent Health sits on the PARC Scientific Advisory panel and adds significant intellectual input to the study, as well as providing advice on the implementation of the physical activity loyalty card scheme using the technology provided by Intelligent Health. Intelligent Health also supply us with equipment and expertise for the physical activity loyalty card scheme that is part of the PARC study. In addition, we are currently involved with conducting a social network analysis of an international walk to school competition led by Intelligent Health Ltd. In addition, Dr Ruth Hunter sits on the evaluation team of "Beat the Street", an international walk to school competition led by Intelligent Health Ltd. This project involves 13 schools from England, Canada and China with over 3000 participating children (aged 12-14 years old).
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration adds scientific rigour to our research project.
Impact The PARC Scientific Advisory panel met for the fourth time in October 2014; this ensured scientific rigour of our study. In addition, the evaluation of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme involving over 400 employees in a workplace setting has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the cost-effectiveness analysis published in BMC Public Health. A further manuscript detailing a novel method for collecting social network data in physical activity interventions has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health. Further, two papers are currently under review with BMC Public Health and the Journal of Adolescent Health detailing the results from the international walk to school competition and analyses of social networks for children's active travel behaviour.
Start Year 2010
 
Description International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Early Career Research Network {RH} 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter is vice chair of the newly established ISPAH Early Career Research Network. Working with partners from institutions worldwide, she is helping to develop the network.
Collaborator Contribution The various partners are all working together to help develop the network, increase membership and develop a programme of career development opportunities using different mechanisms at various international events.
Impact Establishment of the network and development strategy.
Start Year 2014
 
Description International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Early Career Research Network {RH} 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter is vice chair of the newly established ISPAH Early Career Research Network. Working with partners from institutions worldwide, she is helping to develop the network.
Collaborator Contribution The various partners are all working together to help develop the network, increase membership and develop a programme of career development opportunities using different mechanisms at various international events.
Impact Establishment of the network and development strategy.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Intervention Mapping for physical activity interventions 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Active Belfast Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As part of the PARC Study we have developed expertise in applying an Intervention Mapping process to the development of physical activity programmes tailored to the local community. This expertise has contributed significantly to a subsequent knowledge transfer application.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership has resulted in the submission of a knowledge transfer grant application regarding the further development of our intervention mapping work, linking directly with the Active Belfast Initiative, and regional dissemination.
Impact We submitted an application to the HSC Knowledge Transfer scheme in November 2011 which was unsuccessful. However, we have been able to undertake an initial stage of this work in collaboration with Eat Belfast Partnership. A secondee from HSC Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care NI, is developing a physical activity strategy for the Connswater Community Greenway using an Intervention Mapping approach informed by data from the PARC Study.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Intervention Mapping for physical activity interventions 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As part of the PARC Study we have developed expertise in applying an Intervention Mapping process to the development of physical activity programmes tailored to the local community. This expertise has contributed significantly to a subsequent knowledge transfer application.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership has resulted in the submission of a knowledge transfer grant application regarding the further development of our intervention mapping work, linking directly with the Active Belfast Initiative, and regional dissemination.
Impact We submitted an application to the HSC Knowledge Transfer scheme in November 2011 which was unsuccessful. However, we have been able to undertake an initial stage of this work in collaboration with Eat Belfast Partnership. A secondee from HSC Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care NI, is developing a physical activity strategy for the Connswater Community Greenway using an Intervention Mapping approach informed by data from the PARC Study.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Making active choices more attractive: Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of incentivising physical activity and sedentary behaviours (Deakin University) {RH} 
Organisation Deakin University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter is a co-investigator on a grant application to the Australian Research Council which is investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of financial incentives to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. Dr Hunter provides significant expertise on incentivisation approaches for promoting healthy behaviours.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners bring substantial expertise on sedentary and physical activity behaviour measurement and intervention, behaviour change intervention design and evaluation, health economics and cost-effectiveness evaluations of interventions related to physical activity.
Impact Grant application to the Australian Research Council.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence 
Organisation National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team provides expertise in regards to the evaluation of a natural experiment investigating the public health impact of an urban regeneration project on the physical activity and health of the local population.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of NICE, Public Health is a member of the PARC Scientific Advisory panel and contributes scientific rigour to the study.
Impact The PARC Scientific Advisory panel for the third time in August 2012, ensuring scientific rigour of the PARC Study and contributed to an application for extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description NIHR Career Development Fellowship {RH} 
Organisation Harvard University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter led the development of a successful application for a NIHR Career Development Fellowship entitled "social network enabled interventions for physical activity behaviour change" (£420,000; start date Jan 2015; 3 years duration).
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators named above our mentors of the NIHR Fellow and will provide significant expertise and training on social network analysis, agent-based modelling and trials methodology.
Impact To date, this has resulted in the award of a prestigious NIHR Career Development Fellowship.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NIHR Career Development Fellowship {RH} 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter led the development of a successful application for a NIHR Career Development Fellowship entitled "social network enabled interventions for physical activity behaviour change" (£420,000; start date Jan 2015; 3 years duration).
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators named above our mentors of the NIHR Fellow and will provide significant expertise and training on social network analysis, agent-based modelling and trials methodology.
Impact To date, this has resulted in the award of a prestigious NIHR Career Development Fellowship.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NIHR Career Development Fellowship {RH} 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter led the development of a successful application for a NIHR Career Development Fellowship entitled "social network enabled interventions for physical activity behaviour change" (£420,000; start date Jan 2015; 3 years duration).
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators named above our mentors of the NIHR Fellow and will provide significant expertise and training on social network analysis, agent-based modelling and trials methodology.
Impact To date, this has resulted in the award of a prestigious NIHR Career Development Fellowship.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NIHR Career Development Fellowship {RH} 
Organisation University of Southern California
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter led the development of a successful application for a NIHR Career Development Fellowship entitled "social network enabled interventions for physical activity behaviour change" (£420,000; start date Jan 2015; 3 years duration).
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators named above our mentors of the NIHR Fellow and will provide significant expertise and training on social network analysis, agent-based modelling and trials methodology.
Impact To date, this has resulted in the award of a prestigious NIHR Career Development Fellowship.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Club Marketing Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland
Department Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Lisburn Chamber of Commerce
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Lisburn City Centre Management
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Lisburn City Council
Department Leisure Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation South Eastern Regional College
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Psychological Sciences Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description NIHR Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme grant application {RH} 
Organisation Yale University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have led the development of this grant application which builds directly from the Physical Activity Loyalty Card feasibility trial published in AJPM 2013. Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter provide significant expertise in regards to public health, use of financial incentives and physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed towards the design and development of the grant application and provide expertise in health economics, behavioural economics and behavioural psychology. Our partners from various statutory and non-statutory organisations contributed to the development of the application and provide expertise regarding recruitment and implementation of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the team being successfully awarded £1m funding from NIHR to undertake a large cluster RCT which commenced in September 2014.
Start Year 2013
 
Description PARC Cadence Study 
Organisation Louisiana State University
Department Pennington Biomedical Research Centre
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This study builds on the expertise of the PARC Study research team regarding physical activity and the built environment. In particular, this study is an extension of the SOPARC (Systems for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities) work that we have conducted observing characteristics of park users. We have further developed this work by particularly investigating the cadence of park users.
Collaborator Contribution A renowned expert in walking behaviour from the US contributes significant intellectual input to this study investigating the cadence of park users. A Reader in Exercise Sciences From University of Strathclyde has published previous papers regarding cadence for different populations, therefore making a significant intellectual contribution to the research team.
Impact The research team has completed data collection, analysis and write up of this study for an undergraduate research project.
Start Year 2011
 
Description PARC Cadence Study 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Department School of Psychological Sciences and Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This study builds on the expertise of the PARC Study research team regarding physical activity and the built environment. In particular, this study is an extension of the SOPARC (Systems for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities) work that we have conducted observing characteristics of park users. We have further developed this work by particularly investigating the cadence of park users.
Collaborator Contribution A renowned expert in walking behaviour from the US contributes significant intellectual input to this study investigating the cadence of park users. A Reader in Exercise Sciences From University of Strathclyde has published previous papers regarding cadence for different populations, therefore making a significant intellectual contribution to the research team.
Impact The research team has completed data collection, analysis and write up of this study for an undergraduate research project.
Start Year 2011
 
Description PARC Study Built Environment Working Group 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis chairs this working group and contributes considerable expertise in terms of measurement of the built environment and the development of new methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have significantly contributed to this work through their extensive knowledge of local spatial databases, acquiring access to relevant data and providing advice on the interpretation and analysis of the findings.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a new methodology for measuring the walkability of the built environment (Real Walkable Network), mapping of the entire footpath network in the CCG survey area, development of a successful ESRC knowledge exchange funding application (£120,000), dissemination of this work at a number of conferences (see Engagement Activities), 8 workshops in the UK and Ireland and a manuscript is currently under review with Environment and Planning B. Using funding from the KESUE project we have employed a postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake further analyses on the influence of the built environment on social capital, mental wellbeing and crime, as well validating the Real Walkable Network (manuscript currently in preparation).
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Built Environment Working Group 
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland
Department Department of Finance and Personnel
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis chairs this working group and contributes considerable expertise in terms of measurement of the built environment and the development of new methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have significantly contributed to this work through their extensive knowledge of local spatial databases, acquiring access to relevant data and providing advice on the interpretation and analysis of the findings.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a new methodology for measuring the walkability of the built environment (Real Walkable Network), mapping of the entire footpath network in the CCG survey area, development of a successful ESRC knowledge exchange funding application (£120,000), dissemination of this work at a number of conferences (see Engagement Activities), 8 workshops in the UK and Ireland and a manuscript is currently under review with Environment and Planning B. Using funding from the KESUE project we have employed a postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake further analyses on the influence of the built environment on social capital, mental wellbeing and crime, as well validating the Real Walkable Network (manuscript currently in preparation).
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Built Environment Working Group 
Organisation Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis chairs this working group and contributes considerable expertise in terms of measurement of the built environment and the development of new methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have significantly contributed to this work through their extensive knowledge of local spatial databases, acquiring access to relevant data and providing advice on the interpretation and analysis of the findings.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a new methodology for measuring the walkability of the built environment (Real Walkable Network), mapping of the entire footpath network in the CCG survey area, development of a successful ESRC knowledge exchange funding application (£120,000), dissemination of this work at a number of conferences (see Engagement Activities), 8 workshops in the UK and Ireland and a manuscript is currently under review with Environment and Planning B. Using funding from the KESUE project we have employed a postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake further analyses on the influence of the built environment on social capital, mental wellbeing and crime, as well validating the Real Walkable Network (manuscript currently in preparation).
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Built Environment Working Group 
Organisation Ordnance Survey
Department Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Geraint Ellis chairs this working group and contributes considerable expertise in terms of measurement of the built environment and the development of new methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have significantly contributed to this work through their extensive knowledge of local spatial databases, acquiring access to relevant data and providing advice on the interpretation and analysis of the findings.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the development of a new methodology for measuring the walkability of the built environment (Real Walkable Network), mapping of the entire footpath network in the CCG survey area, development of a successful ESRC knowledge exchange funding application (£120,000), dissemination of this work at a number of conferences (see Engagement Activities), 8 workshops in the UK and Ireland and a manuscript is currently under review with Environment and Planning B. Using funding from the KESUE project we have employed a postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake further analyses on the influence of the built environment on social capital, mental wellbeing and crime, as well validating the Real Walkable Network (manuscript currently in preparation).
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Health Improvement Working Group 
Organisation Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Members of our research team contribute expertise in regards to sociology, psychology, social network analysis, primary care and qualitative research methods.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have provided knowledge regarding local community knowledge, methods of recruiting community representatives and implementation of physical activity interventions in the local community.
Impact This working group has resulted in the collection of social networks data from CCG stakeholders, focus group data from 14 community groups, 12 semi-structured interviews from local community representatives and 30 local residents. This data is being employed in an Intervention Mapping approach, 1 paper has been published in the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) (involving interview data), 1 paper has been published in Social Science and Medicine (involving focus group data) and a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities published in Preventive Medicine.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Health Improvement Working Group 
Organisation East Belfast Community Development Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Members of our research team contribute expertise in regards to sociology, psychology, social network analysis, primary care and qualitative research methods.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have provided knowledge regarding local community knowledge, methods of recruiting community representatives and implementation of physical activity interventions in the local community.
Impact This working group has resulted in the collection of social networks data from CCG stakeholders, focus group data from 14 community groups, 12 semi-structured interviews from local community representatives and 30 local residents. This data is being employed in an Intervention Mapping approach, 1 paper has been published in the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) (involving interview data), 1 paper has been published in Social Science and Medicine (involving focus group data) and a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities published in Preventive Medicine.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Health Improvement Working Group 
Organisation East Belfast Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Members of our research team contribute expertise in regards to sociology, psychology, social network analysis, primary care and qualitative research methods.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have provided knowledge regarding local community knowledge, methods of recruiting community representatives and implementation of physical activity interventions in the local community.
Impact This working group has resulted in the collection of social networks data from CCG stakeholders, focus group data from 14 community groups, 12 semi-structured interviews from local community representatives and 30 local residents. This data is being employed in an Intervention Mapping approach, 1 paper has been published in the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) (involving interview data), 1 paper has been published in Social Science and Medicine (involving focus group data) and a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities published in Preventive Medicine.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Health Improvement Working Group 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Active Belfast Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Members of our research team contribute expertise in regards to sociology, psychology, social network analysis, primary care and qualitative research methods.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have provided knowledge regarding local community knowledge, methods of recruiting community representatives and implementation of physical activity interventions in the local community.
Impact This working group has resulted in the collection of social networks data from CCG stakeholders, focus group data from 14 community groups, 12 semi-structured interviews from local community representatives and 30 local residents. This data is being employed in an Intervention Mapping approach, 1 paper has been published in the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) (involving interview data), 1 paper has been published in Social Science and Medicine (involving focus group data) and a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities published in Preventive Medicine.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Health Improvement Working Group 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Members of our research team contribute expertise in regards to sociology, psychology, social network analysis, primary care and qualitative research methods.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have provided knowledge regarding local community knowledge, methods of recruiting community representatives and implementation of physical activity interventions in the local community.
Impact This working group has resulted in the collection of social networks data from CCG stakeholders, focus group data from 14 community groups, 12 semi-structured interviews from local community representatives and 30 local residents. This data is being employed in an Intervention Mapping approach, 1 paper has been published in the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) (involving interview data), 1 paper has been published in Social Science and Medicine (involving focus group data) and a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities published in Preventive Medicine.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Department Parks and Leisure Department Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Belfast Healthy Cities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Government of Northern Ireland
Department Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Social Development (DSD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Organisation Sustrans
Department Research and Monitoring Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our research team provide considerable expertise regarding physical activity and the built environment, development and implementation of complex public health evaluations and natural experiment methodologies.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide extensive local and regional knowledge regarding physical activity and public health interventions, and oversee and quality assure the overall management of the PARC Study.
Impact This partnership has resulted in the successful delivery of the pre-intervention data collection phase of the PARC Study. Further, this partnership was involved in the successful application for study extension funding.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PARC Study Survey Working Group 
Organisation Sport Northern Ireland
Department Policy and Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team have contributed towards the development of a household questionnaire (n=1209 local residents) and providing particular expertise regarding appropriate measures of physical activity, health, mental wellbeing, neighbourhood walkability, social capital, psychological constructs and contingent behaviour. Two members of our research team (Prof Frank Kee and Dr Mark Tully) were involved on the SAPAS survey steering committee and provided expertise regarding appropriate, validated measures of physical activity.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner organisation developed and implemented the Northern Ireland-wide SAPAS survey (n=4563 adults) regarding population physical activity and sport participation levels, and provides comparator data in the PARC Study.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the distribution of a report regarding Northern Ireland physical activity and sport participation levels. A manuscript investigating the correlates of knowledge of physical activity guidelines has been accepted by Preventive Medicine. This study has been instrumental in the development of a new Northern Ireland-wide physical activity campaign. A further manuscript investigating correlates of those meeting/not meeting the physical activity guidelines using an econometric modelling approach is currently under review with Preventive Medicine. Using the PARC Household survey data, a manuscript investigating the direct and indirect relationship between physical activity and the built environment using structured equation modelling is currently being drafted; a paper detailing the monetary value of walking is under review with the Journal of Health Economics and a manuscript describing the validation of the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire to measure change using accelerometry is under review at BMC Public Health.
Start Year 2010
 
Description PhD application - Agent-based modelling 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department School of Mathematical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have contributed to this collaboration in regards to expertise in physical activity, and provide relevant data on physical activity levels and the built environment for inclusion in the model.
Collaborator Contribution Our study partners contribute to this project by providing specific expertise regarding agent-based modelling techniques.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the submission of a PhD studentship application to the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) fund.
Start Year 2012
 
Description PhD application - Agent-based modelling 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department School of Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have contributed to this collaboration in regards to expertise in physical activity, and provide relevant data on physical activity levels and the built environment for inclusion in the model.
Collaborator Contribution Our study partners contribute to this project by providing specific expertise regarding agent-based modelling techniques.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the submission of a PhD studentship application to the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) fund.
Start Year 2012
 
Description PhD application - economic evaluation of sustainable public health interventions 
Organisation Bangor University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team had the initial concept for this project and provide considerable expertise regarding design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators provide significant experience in health economics, behavioural economics, and their underpinning theoretical frameworks.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the successful submission of a PhD studentship application to the MRC Methodology Network which is currently being advertised (http://www.methodologyhubs.mrc.ac.uk/pdf/Q18_kee.pdf).
Start Year 2013
 
Description PhD application - economic evaluation of sustainable public health interventions 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Queen's Management School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team had the initial concept for this project and provide considerable expertise regarding design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators provide significant experience in health economics, behavioural economics, and their underpinning theoretical frameworks.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the successful submission of a PhD studentship application to the MRC Methodology Network which is currently being advertised (http://www.methodologyhubs.mrc.ac.uk/pdf/Q18_kee.pdf).
Start Year 2013
 
Description PhD application - economic evaluation of sustainable public health interventions 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team had the initial concept for this project and provide considerable expertise regarding design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators provide significant experience in health economics, behavioural economics, and their underpinning theoretical frameworks.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the successful submission of a PhD studentship application to the MRC Methodology Network which is currently being advertised (http://www.methodologyhubs.mrc.ac.uk/pdf/Q18_kee.pdf).
Start Year 2013
 
Description PhD application - schools based physical activity research 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Centre for Effective Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team provide significant experience and knowledge regarding physical activity intervention design and implementation.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner provides knowledge and expertise regarding access to schools, recruitment and data collection methods appropriate for school-based research.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the successful submission of a PhD studentship application to the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Strategic Priority fund (commenced September 2014).
Start Year 2013
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Age UK
Department Age NI
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Community Development and Health Network (CDHN)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Loughborough University
Department British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Louisiana State University
Department Pennington Biomedical Research Centre
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Ulster University
Department Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Ulster University
Department Psychology Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation Ulster University
Department Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical Activity and Older Adults grant application 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Primary Care Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team is contributing expertise to a grant application on individualised physical activity interventions, public health research, community engagement, tailoring the intervention to the built environment, and peer-led health promotion interventions.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide the following contributions: expertise in behaviour change techniques, development of pedometer-based interventions and feasibility studies, measurement of mental well-being, qualitative research methods and analysis, engaging effectively with older adults, help develop recruitment and delivery methods, provide guidance on the recruitment and deployment of senior peer mentors, provide advice on peer-led pedometer intervention design and facilitate the implementation of research findings.
Impact This has resulted in a successful funding from NIHR regarding physical activity and older adults (led by Dr Mark Tully). This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving research experts in the following areas: physical activity, public health, behavioural psychology, mental health, primary care, older adults and built environment.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation Deakin University
Department School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Deakin
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Country United States 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Centre for Effective Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Centre for Public Health (CPH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department School of Social and Community Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Physical activity and schools based research 
Organisation University of Gothenburg
Department Department of Economics
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building on the work of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme, this study investigates the effectiveness of pro social behaviour as an incentive to encourage children to walk to school. Our research team contributes expertise in regards to the use of incentives for physical activity and physical activity measurement.
Collaborator Contribution A senior researcher from University of Bristol provides public health expertise in social psychology of physical activity in children. Senior researchers from Deakin University, Melbourne contribute significant expertise in physical activity in children and school active travel, respectively. A senior health economist from New York provides expertise in cost effectiveness analysis of the physical activity intervention. A senior researcher from University of Gothenburg provides expertise in child behavioural economics. A senior researcher in education provides expertise in child research and in conducting clustered randomised controlled trials. A statistician provides expertise in sample size calculation and appropriate data analyses for a clustered randomised controlled trial.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant application to the BUPA multi-country grant call 2011. Unfortunately this application was unsuccessful. However, we have received funding from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI) and HSC Research and Development Office (NI) to undertake a pilot study which commenced in October 2014 (includes funding for a PhD student, postdoctoral Research Fellow and intervention costs). The collaboration with the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast has also led to a successful funding bid to the Campbell Collaboration to undertake a systematic review investigating the effectiveness of school-based physical activity and public health interventions on social and emotional wellbeing.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Social Network Analysis - novel data collection technique 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have contributed significantly to this partnership through the design of the study, recruitment, data collection, and the initial concept for the manuscript.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators are senior researchers who have significant expertise in regards to social network analyses. They have contributed to the manuscript, particularly in regards to the analytical techniques employed.
Impact This work has been presented at the Lancet Public Health conference, London, Nov 2012, XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, May 2013 and the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference, San Diego, May 2014. A manuscript describing this novel method has been accepted by the American Journal of Public Health.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social Network Analysis - novel data collection technique 
Organisation University of Southern California
Department Department of Preventive Medicine
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team have contributed significantly to this partnership through the design of the study, recruitment, data collection, and the initial concept for the manuscript.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators are senior researchers who have significant expertise in regards to social network analyses. They have contributed to the manuscript, particularly in regards to the analytical techniques employed.
Impact This work has been presented at the Lancet Public Health conference, London, Nov 2012, XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, May 2013 and the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference, San Diego, May 2014. A manuscript describing this novel method has been accepted by the American Journal of Public Health.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social media for health promotion campaigns and behaviour change interventions {RH} 
Organisation Adoreboard
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee have led a bid to the MRC PHIND scheme to investigate the feasibility of Twitter sentiment to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health. Prof Kee (PI) brings expertise in complex public health interventions and mixed methods evaluations. Dr Hunter provides expertise on examining the mediating effects of social networks on behaviour change.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide expertise in cognition and emotion, communication, qualitative research, sentiment analysis, web data extraction, integration and mining, social media analysis, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.
Impact Awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social media for health promotion campaigns and behaviour change interventions {RH} 
Organisation Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee have led a bid to the MRC PHIND scheme to investigate the feasibility of Twitter sentiment to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health. Prof Kee (PI) brings expertise in complex public health interventions and mixed methods evaluations. Dr Hunter provides expertise on examining the mediating effects of social networks on behaviour change.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide expertise in cognition and emotion, communication, qualitative research, sentiment analysis, web data extraction, integration and mining, social media analysis, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.
Impact Awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social media for health promotion campaigns and behaviour change interventions {RH} 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee have led a bid to the MRC PHIND scheme to investigate the feasibility of Twitter sentiment to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health. Prof Kee (PI) brings expertise in complex public health interventions and mixed methods evaluations. Dr Hunter provides expertise on examining the mediating effects of social networks on behaviour change.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide expertise in cognition and emotion, communication, qualitative research, sentiment analysis, web data extraction, integration and mining, social media analysis, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.
Impact Awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social media for health promotion campaigns and behaviour change interventions {RH} 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee have led a bid to the MRC PHIND scheme to investigate the feasibility of Twitter sentiment to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health. Prof Kee (PI) brings expertise in complex public health interventions and mixed methods evaluations. Dr Hunter provides expertise on examining the mediating effects of social networks on behaviour change.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide expertise in cognition and emotion, communication, qualitative research, sentiment analysis, web data extraction, integration and mining, social media analysis, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.
Impact Awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Social media for health promotion campaigns and behaviour change interventions {RH} 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Ruth Hunter and Prof Frank Kee have led a bid to the MRC PHIND scheme to investigate the feasibility of Twitter sentiment to help us design better mass communication interventions for public health. Prof Kee (PI) brings expertise in complex public health interventions and mixed methods evaluations. Dr Hunter provides expertise on examining the mediating effects of social networks on behaviour change.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners provide expertise in cognition and emotion, communication, qualitative research, sentiment analysis, web data extraction, integration and mining, social media analysis, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.
Impact Awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the MRC PHIND scheme.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Technology development with ECIT 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research team led the development of this work and provide significant expertise in regards to the Physical Activity Loyalty Card scheme.
Collaborator Contribution Our project partner has considerable experience and knowledge regarding wireless technologies and has helped design new technology to aid the scalability and sustainability of the intervention.
Impact This collaboration led to a funding application to the Invest Northern Ireland Proof of Concept fund to support the development of novel technology to aid scalability and sustainability (unsuccessful). However, this partnership has been used to leverage £80,000 funding from HSC Public Health Agency to undertake the technology development which includes staff costs (employed a postdoctoral Research Fellow for 15 months) and equipment.
Start Year 2013
 
Description The Connswater Community Greenway 
Organisation East Belfast Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I have worked with the East Belfast Partnership group, through my involvement with the PARC(Physical Activity and Rejuvenation of Connswater) study group at Queens, to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the Connswater Community Greenway- a major urban rejuvenation scheme in East Belfast. I am now working with them again in order to perform a Social Return on Investment (SROI) study of the Greenway.
Collaborator Contribution The staff from the East Belfast Partnership group meet with me multiple times and provided construction and maintenance cost data which I needed in order to perform a cost-utility analysis of the Greenway.
Impact A publication: "Urban greenways have the potential to increase physical activity levels cost-effectively." EJPH, March 2013.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Web-delivered intervention for encouraging physical activity for patients with prediabetes 
Organisation Public Health Agency (PHA)
Department Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This project builds on the web-based platform developed in conjunction with the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. Our research team have provided expertise in regards to the design and implementation of physical activity interventions, and refinement and tailoring of the website for a prediabetes clinical population.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have been involved since the conception of this project, and have made a significant contribution to the design and development of a grant application, in particular regarding recruitment strategies and implementation in a clinical setting.
Impact This partnership has resulted in a successful knowledge funding application to HSC RDO Knowledge Transfer scheme. The commenced in April 2014. The website has been modified for this patient group and participants are currently being recruited to take part in the project.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Web-delivered intervention for encouraging physical activity for patients with prediabetes 
Organisation South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This project builds on the web-based platform developed in conjunction with the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. Our research team have provided expertise in regards to the design and implementation of physical activity interventions, and refinement and tailoring of the website for a prediabetes clinical population.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have been involved since the conception of this project, and have made a significant contribution to the design and development of a grant application, in particular regarding recruitment strategies and implementation in a clinical setting.
Impact This partnership has resulted in a successful knowledge funding application to HSC RDO Knowledge Transfer scheme. The commenced in April 2014. The website has been modified for this patient group and participants are currently being recruited to take part in the project.
Start Year 2013
 
Title SOPARC app 
Description Following employment of the SOPARC technique in the PARC Study, we have been in discussions with Belfast City Council to roll this technique out for use across the council area. This has resulted in us developing a bespoke Android app for park wardens to collect observational data regarding park usage and characteristics of park users across 48 parks on a quarterly basis. The app allows tailored data collection specific to Belfast City Council needs, electronic data collection and collation, and development of an automated data analysis programme. 
IP Reference  
Protection Protection not required
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed No
Impact This project has resulted in strengthening our partnership with Belfast City Council.
 
Title Walkability Model - Real Walkable Network 
Description Our research team, led by Prof Geraint Ellis has developed a walkability model that encompasses the footpath network (as opposed to the road centreline). We are continuing to work on this model, along with partners from statutory and non-statutory agencies, to develop a tool that can be used by public agencies to incorporate built environment aspects into their work. 
IP Reference  
Protection Protection not required
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact This tool is being used by our partners, Belfast City Council Parks and Leisure Department to help decide the provision of future park improvement schemes and physical activity interventions.
 
Title Web-based System for Incentivising Healthy Behaviour Change 
Description The invention is a purpose-built web-based system that has been developed in conjunction with the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. It is a system for promoting healthy behaviour changes, which could be implemented by schools, local authorities or other bodies who wish to promote healthy lifestyles to their constituents. The website contains health promotion material, behaviour change tools, interactive features, methods for electronic data collection, rules for automated messages, algorithms for processing transaction data, and mechanisms for providing real-time feedback regarding lifestyle behaviour, for example, physical activity levels. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact This invention has been included in a number of subsequent grant applications, including to the ESRC, BUPA Foundation and NIHR. Further, this web platform will be used in a successful HSC RDO Knowledge Transfer project to promote physical activity for patients with prediabetes and an innovative schools pedometer competition.
 
Title Real Walkable Network - Walkability Tool 
Description Development of a Real Walkable Network which is a walkability model that encompasses the footpath network (opposed to the road network). The tool will be used by public agencies to incorporate built environment aspects into their work. 
Type Support Tool - For Fundamental Research
Current Stage Of Development Refinement. Non-clinical
Year Development Stage Completed 2013
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact This tool has been showcased at 11 workshops in the UK and Ireland to a range of academic, statutory and non-statutory partners from health and planning. 
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/
 
Title SOPARC app 
Description An Android app has been developed for streamlined collection and collation of observational data of the number and characteristics of park users, in collaboration with Belfast City Council and the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We have also developed and implemented a bespoke package to train park managers to use the app and collect data in a standardised manner. 
Type Support Tool - For Fundamental Research
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2014
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Agreement with Belfast City Council that this data collection tool will be rolled out for use in 48 parks in the council area. The app is currently being pilot tested with 4 parks in the area and feedback gained from park managers to inform refinement of the app. 
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/
 
Title The Physical Activity Loyalty Card (PAL) Scheme 
Description The feasibility aspect of this work was co-funded by the Department for Employment and Learning and NPRI, and has been published in the American Journal of Public Health. We have further developed this intervention based on user feedback and preliminary analysis. Based on the results of the feasibility and pilot trial, we have successful received £1,000,000 funding from NIHR to conduct a definitive trial investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the physical activity loyalty scheme for maintained behaviour change. 
Type Therapeutic Intervention - Psychological/Behavioural
Current Stage Of Development Refinement. Non-clinical
Year Development Stage Completed 2013
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Clinical Trial? Yes
UKCRN/ISCTN Identifier ISRCTN17975376
Impact This work won 'Best Paper' and 'Best Demonstration' at the International eHealth Conference, November 2011; it was presented at the Lancet Public Health Conference, November 2012 (abstracts published in the Lancet -http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/public-health/Public_Health_Abstracts_ALL_Part2.pdf) and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This work also resulted in Dr Ruth Hunter being awarded the University's Early Career Researcher Impact Prize, November 2013. 
URL http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN17975376
 
Description 4th Annual Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference 2013 - poster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Hunter RF, Davis M, Tully MA, Kee F; Physical activity buddies: a network analysis of social aspects of physical activity in adults; 4th Annual Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference, Cardiff, July 2013

This poster presentation facilitated a networking opportunity with researchers involved in social networks analysis at DEcipher, Cardiff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 4th Annual Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference 2013 - presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Paper Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Tully MA, Ellis G, Hunter RF, Kee F; The KESUE Project: Developing walkability tools for practice; 4th Annual Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference, Cardiff, July 2013;

This presentation helped showcase our novel methodology regarding the Real Walkable Network and highlight the importance of public engagement in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 4th Annual Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference 2013 - workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully facilitated a workshop regarding Public Involvement in collaboration with researchers from other UKCRC Centres of Excellence for Public Health.

This workshop highlighted the PARC Study as an exemplar project in terms of engaging the public in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description AJPM invited blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter was invited to write a blog published on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine website entitled "Loyalty card schemes for health behaviour change: A lesson in business", 24th June 2013. This blog supplemented the manuscript that was published in the journal.

This online blog was viewed by an international audience and helped raise the profile of our work regarding financial incentives for behaviour change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ajpmonline.wordpress.com/page/3/
 
Description Active Belfast Steering Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter is a member of the Active Belfast Steering Committee, a working group involving representatives from statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in physical activity in Belfast.

This has led to Dr Hunter being asked to co-chair the Monitoring and Evaluation sub-group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure/activebelfast/activebelfast.aspx
 
Description All-Ireland Obesity News e-bulletin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter was profiled in the All-Ireland Obesity News e-bulletin (vol 5; issue 2; March/April 2013) following her presentation at the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) conference, London, March 2013.



This e-bulletin helped raise the profile of the research being undertaken in the PARC Study to an academic and non-academic stakeholders involved in obesity prevention research and practice in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://allislandobesityforumnewsletter.eu/MarchBulletin2013.html
 
Description BCT Taxonomy Workshop, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully organised and facilitated a workshop in collaboration with researchers from UCL providing an introduction to Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy on 28th June 2013. The workshop had 60 participants from academia, statutory and community/voluntary organisations.

This workshop highlighted the various behaviour change techniques that can be used in public health interventions and helped standardise the terminology employed. The workshop also facilitated networking of those involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Belfast City Council, Parks and Leisure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A presentation was made to local council members detailing a data collection technique to capture parks users (SOPARC). This generated great interest from the council members.

The council, in collaboration with our research team, are currently using this technique to collect quarterly park user data from 48 parks in the Belfast City Council area. A formal working group, involving Dr Ruth Hunter, has been established and meet quarterly to progress this project. This has resulted in the development of an Android app, in partnership with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast. To date, 24 park wardens have bee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2012,2013,2014
URL http://minutes.belfastcity.gov.uk/(S(elqrot55oc5mo435q3rc5255))/documents/s73547/SOPARC.pdf
 
Description Belfast Healthy Cities Regeneration and Healthy Urban Environment Working Group 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 26th November 2012: Presentation to Belfast Healthy Cities Regeneration and Healthy Urban Environment Working Group on 'Integrating Walkability Models into Practice'.

An excellent discussion followed the presentation on how best the walkability model could be integrated into local practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description C.S Lewis Festival - November 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter was involved in an event hosted by the Connswater Community Greenway, showcasing the work of C.S Lewis, who was from east Belfast.

This event involved an educational walk around the school that CS Lewis attended, helping to promote physical activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description CCG Evaluation Report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our research was included in the second and third CCG Evaluation Report reviewing progress to March 2012 (http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports). These were widely disseminated to a range of stakeholders including local residents, policy makers and statutory bodies. The end of Phase I report is currently in progress and will be published in Dec 2014.

This has increased the awareness of the importance of the PARC Study with local policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports
 
Description CCG Monitoring and Evaluation Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Ruth Hunter is a member of the CCG Monitoring and Evaluation Team which meets quarterly.

Key findings from the PARC Study have been included in the second CCG Evaluation Report 'Reviewing Progress until March 2012' and end of Phase I report that is currently in progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports
 
Description CCG Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The newsletter is distributed to all stakeholders every quarter. Since the beginning of 2010, the PARC study team have contributed a number of articles updating the stakeholders on the stage of the research project on a quarterly basis.

This has led to an increased awareness regarding the research project to key stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports-and-research/newssheets
 
Description CCG Stakeholders Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Between 80-150 people attend the Connswater Community Greenway stakeholders forum, held every quarter. The stakeholders comprise a mix of policymakers, politicians, local businesses and residents. An update on the PARC study is presented each quarter, which increases awareness and knowledge of the research project locally.

The increased awareness of the research project has aided response rates and participation in various aspects of the study, including the household survey, semi-structured interviews and focus groups, and recruiting 17 volunteers to take part in data collection on the SOPARC sub-study.
Presentations at this fora has also helped raise awareness of the importance of physical activity to local residents and highlights the Connswater Community Greenway as a key resource to be more active.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description CEPA Early Career Researcher working group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter proposed the development of an Early Career Researcher working group as part of the Council for the Environment and Physical Activity (CEPA), which was accepted at a meeting at the International Conference for Physical Activity and Public Health, November 2012.

Dr Hunter chairs this working group which involves collaborating with international early career researchers working in physical activity and the environment. This group has met quarterly via skype and an international mentoring scheme has been established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.ipenproject.org/cepa.html
 
Description CRUK visit - October 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact In October 2014, Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully showcased the innovative research on the PARC Study and NIHR funded Physical Activity Loyalty Scheme to CRUK funders.

These presentations highlighted the novel physical activity research that is being undertaken by the research team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description City Matters newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PARC study team produced an article for the City Matters newsletter which is distributed to all households in the Belfast City Council area. The article increased knowledge and awareness of the research project.

By increasing the awareness of the project, more people were willing to complete the Household Survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Community Telegraph 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PARC study team produced an article for the Community Telegraph which resulted in a number of volunteers helping with an aspect of data collection for the research project.

The volunteers enjoyed getting involved with the research project which was evident by the majority of volunteers returning to participate in the second round of data collection for the SOPARC sub-study in February 2011. In addition, a number of the volunteers have become actively in the Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) project by regularly attending the quarterly CCG Stakeholders Forums.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011
 
Description Community Workers Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An update on the PARC study is presented at the Community Workers forum, held monthly. The forum comprises between 20-30 local community group leaders. The presentations have resulted in local expert knowledge which has aided development of sampling strategies for the qualitative aspects of the research project.

This has resulted in increased recruitment for the focus groups and the offer of venues to host the group discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012
 
Description Community engagement presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter was invited to give a presentation to 30 local community workers highlighting the role of research in the community, using the PARC Study as an example. This was organised by the Community Development and Health Network.

This helped to raise awareness of the PARC Study among community workers who are working in the regeneration area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Community placements in east Belfast - 3rd year medical students Sept 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In collaboration with the School of Medical Education and local community groups in east Belfast, 7 3rd year medical students spent 3 weeks on placement learning about public health and the role of the community.

Dr Ruth Hunter co-ordinates this module which builds on contacts established from her work on the PARC Study in the east Belfast community. The students reported that they benefited greatly from their time on placement including a greater understanding of the role of the community and voluntary sector in preventive medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference presentation - ISPAH 2018 (proposed) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An abstract titled, 'Investigating the impact of urban regeneration on public health: A real world natural experiment', is under review for the International Society of Physical Activity health meeting in October 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) - Orangefield celebrations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In August 2014, members of the PARC Study research team attended the celebration event of the opening of the recently regenerated Orangefield park, a core element of the Connswater Community Greenway.

The event showcased the extensive regeneration already undertaken and emphasised the potential of the park to encourage local residents to be more active.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/news/2014-08-19/orangefield-park-celebrations-kick-off-this-satur...
 
Description Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) Phase I celebrations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter attended the end of Phase I celebrations of the Connswater Community Greenway, hosted by the Belfast Lord Mayor, October 2014. The vent was attended by a range of stakeholders including policymakers, politicians, councillors, and representatives from statutory, community and voluntary sectors.

The celebrations highlighted the key findings from the PARC Study and corroborated the significant impact of the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) Phase II launch - October 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Belfast Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon announced that Farrans has been awarded the multi-million pound contract for Phase 2 of the Connswater Community Greenway project. The announcement was made at an event in Holywood Arches Library where a short video was played that summarised the Connswater Community Greenway work to date and future plans. All of the partners involved in the project were in attendance including the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council, Department for Social Development , Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Rivers Agency and the East Belfast Partnership - as well as representatives of the local community, the First Minister, Peter Robinson and east Belfast MP, Naomi Long.

The key findings from the PARC Study were highlighted at the launch event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/news/2014-10-09/connswater-community-greenway-phase-2-contractor-...
 
Description Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PARC Study is included as a key section on the CCG website. All academic outputs and subsequent lay summaries are disseminated to a large audience via the website, which is updated regularly.

This has helped increase the awareness of the PARC Study findings among a local, regional and national audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports-and-research/parc-study
 
Description Connswater Community Greenway Outreach Centre Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 15-20 community leaders in each outreach centre attend a forum monthly, to gain an update on the Connswater Community Greenway project and the PARC study. This leads to discussion and suggestions as to how the outreach centres can help raise awareness about the project and how to get involved.

This has enabled us to recruit volunteers for SOPARC study and focus groups by placing posters, flyers, and by word of mouth through the outreach centres.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012
 
Description Connswater Community and Stakeholder Engagement Approach and Plan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter was involved in the development of a survey to consult with local residents and stakeholders regarding the decision to allow 24 hour access and lighting of the main spine of the Connswater Community Greenway. Results demonstrated overwhelming support for the key principles of access and lighting. Both the resident (94%) and stakeholder (88%) surveys recorded overwhelming support for the proposal to have the Greenway open 24 hours a day with it being lit during the hours of darkness along the main spine and throughout general areas of the Greenway.

This has led to the decision for the main spine of the Greenway to be accessible and lit 24 hours per day - a first for Belfast and Northern Ireland. This decision ensures that local residents will have greater access to the Greenway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://minutes.belfastcity.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=11849
 
Description Contribution to Pathway to Impact training course - {MT} 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 community health workers attended the Community Development and Health Network training course "Pathways to Health Level 3". My involvement included describing the efforts undertaken within the centre to engage communities in research projects.

It is anticipated that this training event will encourage a greater dialogue between community health workers and researchers, in order to facilitate future research opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://www.cdhn.org/level-3-strategic-development-and-leadership
 
Description Contribution to training course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 community health workers attended the Community Development and Health Network training course "Pathways to Health Level 3". My involvement included describing the efforts undertaken within the centre to engage communities in research projects.

It is anticipated that this training event will encourage a greater dialogue between community health workers and researchers, in order to facilitate future research opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.cdhn.org/pages/index.asp?title=Pathways_to_Health_Level_3_-_Armagh
 
Description Culture Night, September 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully showcased physical activity research, including findings from the PARC Study at Culture Night, Belfast, September 2014.

This event helped showcase novel physical activity research going on in the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, including the PARC Study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description DSD Policy seminar - Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As a direct consequence of our presentations at the NICS Policy Skills and Development Programme, two members of the research team were invited to give a presentation on "Innovation in Research" at the Department of Social Development (DSD) Policy seminar series to 80 civil servants and senior policymakers.

This seminar led to a discussion about how innovation could be stimulated in policy making. Subsequently, a senior policymaker from the Department of Justice requested a meeting with the Principal Investigator to discuss how a culture of innovation could be created in policy and practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Daily Telegraph - PAL Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Daily Telegraph published an article highlighting our work on incentives for physical activity, the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/9684399/Get-fit-by-walking-and-collect-ground-miles-as-you-go.html

This has led to Dr Hunter being invited to give a presentation at the "Moving the Nation" event, December 2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Department for regional Development (DRD), Northern Ireland - response 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Key findings from the PARC Study were included in a response to information regarding development of the Connswater Community Greenway from their funders, the Department for Regional Development.

The funders were very satisfied with progress made to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description EBCDA e-bulletin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PARC study team have produced a number of articles for the East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) e-bulletin informing local community groups about the research project and how they can get involved.

This resulted in aiding the recruitment of 17 volunteers from the local community involved with collecting data on park usage. In 2011, a further 18 volunteers were recruited from the local community to aid with the second round of data collection for the SOPARC sub-study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011
 
Description ESRC Festival of Science - Giving schools a voice: experience of research, Nov 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On 3rd November 2014, Dr Ruth Hunter gave a presentation at the ESRC Festival of Science event highlighting the importance of children's physical activity and the role that schools can play in promoting research and the significance of their involvement in research.

This event raised awareness of physical activity research in schools and a number of interested teachers approach Dr Hunter after the event who expressed an interest in taking part in future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/ResearchEnterprise/ResearchDevelopment/TrainingandEvents/UpcomingE...
 
Description East Belfast Physical Activity Stakeholders Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter is a member of the forum steering committee. This forum meets quarterly with a purpose of sharing information about local physical activity opportunities in the area and develop new programmes.

This group is currently developing a physical activity strategy to promote the Connswater Community Greenway using an intervention mapping approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Elevate Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Elevate is the UK's largest cross-sector event bringing together the physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts to focus on an increasingly important and complex societal challenge: tackling physical inactivity. I was invited to present a talk entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between People, Places and Health: Evaluating the impacts of built environments on physical activity and health", based on research been conducted in the PARC study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.elevatearena.com/
 
Description Evaluating the uptake of natural experiments, Active Living Research 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approx. 35 delegates at the Active Living Research Conference attended a workshop to discuss how to evaluate natural experiment evaluations. This included presentations from the PARC Study and other related projects from other countries. It was conceived and co-ordinated by investigators from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI). A lively discussion followed on how best to evaluate some specific case studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.alr-conference.com/
 
Description Field trip/ Visit - QUB Undergraduate students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Undergraduate students from BSc Environmental Planning (Level 1, Semester 1) at Queen's University Belfast visited the Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast followed by a lecture on the PARC study by Dr. Deepti Adlakha. Students developed design proposals for vacant sites along the Greenway for their final projects which were informed by PARC study baseline findings as well as on-going data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fitness and the Heart - school event 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As part of Biology week, Dr Mark Tully helped facilitate a workshop involving 100 secondary students. Following a lecture by Dr Mark Tully, students undertook a practical session where they measured their walking cadence and heart rate, to explore the relationship between walking speed and cardiorespiratory fitness.

This workshop helped raise awareness of the research undertaken as part of the PARC Study and inform children about the importance of a physically active lifestyle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description GP's 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Presentation made to GP's in east Belfast area providing an overview of the PARC study. This led to a discussion on how the Greenway could be used to encourage their patients to be more physically active.

This has resulted in an increased awareness of the Connswater Community Greenway project to local GP's, who have an additional resource to utilise when prescribing exercise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description HEPA Europe - Physical activity in socially disadvantaged communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully was invited to give a presentation to the HEPA Europe Working Group "Physical Activity in Socially Disadvantaged Communities" on the results of our published systematic review on this topic.

This led to much discussion in the group about what lessons can be learned from this systematic review in regards to further research and implications for practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This conference was organized by the the Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) research project in the UK which has been exploring how places can be designed collaboratively to make pedestrian mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful into oldest age. I was invited to present a talk entitled, "Designing age-friendly societies: Impact of urban regeneration on mobility and physical activity in older adults", based on research been conducted in the PARC study among older adults.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/mmp/
 
Description ISPAH 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ISPAH (International Society for Physical Activity And Health) is a professional organization for those interested in advancing the science and practice of physical activity and health. I was invited to present a poster titled "Investigating the impact of urban regeneration on public health: A real world natural experiment" based on results from the PARC study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ispah.org/
 
Description ISPAH post-satellite conference: Creating active and liveable societies for all: Enhancing the interface between researchers, practitioners and policymakers Oct 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter led the organisation of a post-satellite conference entitled "Creating active and liveable societies for all: Enhancing the interface between researchers, practitioners and policymakers" on 18th October 2018. The satellite symposium was aimed at researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to create active and liveable societies for all in Northern Ireland and beyond. The event successfully brought together researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to a common agenda; showcased a series of case studies of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working together; and developed a framework of how we can enhance the interface between researchers, policymakers and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Innovation lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited to give a lecture on 'Innovation in Research' to a range of policymakers undertaking the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) Policy Skills Learning and Development Programme, based on our work on the PARC Study. In 2013, we were invited back to give the lecture to civil servants undertaking the same programme in 2013.

This resulted in discussion about how innovation could be encouraged in Government and what lessons could be learned from research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description Invited Seminar - New Delhi, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approximately 50 attendees were present at a talk titled, "Health, planning and the built environment: Insights from recent European projects" at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India. The PARC study was the primary case-study and sparked a discussion on impacts of urban renewal on health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited public seminar, Christchurch, New Zealand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully was invited to give a public seminar highlighting the PARC Study research and its potential application to the regeneration in Christchurch.

This has led to Dr Tully developing collaborations with researchers in Christchurch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Invited speaker - Sustainable Research Institute, Cardiff University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully was invited to give a presentation at the opening of the Sustainable Research Institute, Cardiff University entitled "Evaluating the effects of the Connswater Community Greenway: a natural experiment".

This helped raise awareness of the PARC Study to a regional audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Invited speaker Public Health Research Network launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Geraint Ellis was an invited speaker at the launch event of the Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network (NIPHRN).

His presentation highlighted the work of the walkability tool for use in public health policy and practice and was showcased as an exemplar project for partner engagement in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description James Sallis Seminars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Two seminars were co-hosted during the visit of Prof James Sallis (international expert on physical activity and the built environment) to the study team.

The first of these was held in conjunction with Belfast Healthy Cities, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning at Queen's University of Belfast and PLACE (the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland). 80 participants (policy makers, practitioners, advocates, town planners and academics) listened to talks on building healthy environments, followed by a lively discussion.

The second of these was organised with the Dept of Health, Social Service and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) and SPORTNI. Prof Sallis delivered a seminar on "Solving Problems of Inactivity and Obesity: Putting Research into Practice" to an audience of policy makers, practitioners and academics.

The study team were invited to a formal collaboration of similar projects, through the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (http://www.ipenproject.org), including sharing of protocols for future grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description James Sallis roundtable discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Two roundtable discussion groups were organised during the visit of Prof James Sallis (international expert on physical activity and the built environment).
The first of these was held in conjunction with the Dept of Regional Development (Northern Ireland). Twelve members of their policy team attended to discuss the development of an active transport policy for Northern Ireland.

The second of these was organised with the Dept of Health, Social Service and Public Safety to discuss the implementation of the new obesity strategy for Northern Ireland "fitter future for all".

These have resulted in a member of the team joining the Regional Obesity Strategy Group for Northern Ireland as a scientific advisor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Joint AESOP-ACSP Congress 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Paper Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Ellis G, Kee F, Tully MA, Hunter RF; Accessibility and health:Towards walkability tools for planning practice; Joint AESOP-ACSP Congress, July 2013

This joint meeting facilitated collaborative links with planners interested in using the tool in public health practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Joseph Rowntree Foundation - report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Named as an exemplar project in a UK-wide mapping exercise of universities working with disadvantaged communities.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/universities-support-disadvantaged-communities

This has highlighted our research in socially-disadvantaged communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description KESS March 2014 - The importance of doing regular physical activity to health, society and the economy: time for a major re-think 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully presented key findings from the PARC Study to an audience including local policymakers in March 2014 as part of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS).

This resulted in raising awareness of the results of the PARC Study to local policymakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Documents/RaISe/knowledge_exchange/briefing_papers/series3/tully060314....
 
Description Lay summaries of academic publications from the PARC Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the research team have produced lay summaries (n=7) of academic publications which have been distributed to over 700 stakeholders and uploaded to the CCG website.

This has led to raising the awareness of key findings from the PARC Study to a wide range of stakeholders including local residents, general public, statutory agencies, non-statutory agencies and policymakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports-and-research/parc-study/research-findings/papers
 
Description Local businesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A number of presentations have been made to local businesses in order to raise the awareness of the PARC study and physical activity loyalty card scheme, and how they can get involved to help their staff lead fitter and healthier lives. Businesses talked to include Tesco, Boots, Diageo, and the local shopping centre manager.

This has resulted in approximately 200 people taking part in the Walk to Work event, and a number of businesses expressing an interest in being involved in the loyalty card scheme.
A number of local retailers (n=10) supported the pilot study of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme by providing a variety of redeemable vouchers in kind which were the rewards for participants doing more physical activity.
Further, we are currently developing partnerships with local retailers in Lisburn to work in collaboration on the NIHR funded Physical Activity Loyalty Scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description MRC Open Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Frank Kee was invited to give a presentation at the MRC Open Meeting in Belfast, October 2012. This was supported by a poster presentation highlighting the work to date on the PARC Study.

This event helped raise awareness of the PARC Study to a wide audience involving funders and other stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description MSc Urban Regeneration, Manchester University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 30 students attended a presentation giving an overview of the PARC Study which created discussion about the impact of urban regeneration on health.

The students asked for more information about the PARC Study, in particular our work on measuring walkability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description NI Transport and Higher Education Research Working Group 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 22nd April 2013: Prof. Geraint Ellis presentation to the NI Transport and Higher Education Research Working Group on the KESUE Project.

15 participants were involved in a discussion on the importance of integrating such models into transport planning practice and implications for practice were highlighted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description NPRI evaluation and future opportunities interview - August 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Frank Kee and Dr Ruth Hunter participated in an interview with funders to discuss the impact of the PARC Study to date.

This information will be used, along with interviews with other academics, to inform decisions about future NPRI funding opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) annual meeting, Oxford, December 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Frank Kee was invited to give a keynote presentation to academics attending the NPRI annual meeting highlighting challenges and solutions in employing natural experiment methodology.

This presentation helped raise awareness regarding key challenges in employing complex natural experiment methodologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Northern Ireland 10,000 steps walking promotion campaign 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I have contributed evidence from our research on how to promote walking, and summarized other research on how to implement a national walking promotion programme

This has led to plans for a mass media campaign, followed by community programmes to promote walking, planned or summer 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Northern Ireland Assembly Department of Regional Development Committee 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 10th October 2012: Prof. Geraint Ellis and Joan Devlin (Belfast Healthy Cities, provided evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Department of Regional Development Committee on 'Evidence on Healthy Urban Planning'.

This presentation helped influence regional policy decisions regarding healthy urban planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Opening of the Sam Thompson Bridge - April 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Friday 4th April was the official opening of the Sam Thompson Bridge in Victoria Park by First Minister Peter Robinson, Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and family members of Sam Thompson.
This is part of the Connswater Community Greenway project and the Bridge will assist in the plan to create 9km of linear park. The Bridge opens a link from the Harbour Estate to Victoria Park and access to Titanic Quarter and the city centre making it ideal for commuters, residents, pedestrians and cyclists.


Staff from the Centre including Mark Tully, Ruth Hunter, Roisin Corr, Pauline Nolan, Julie McConnell and Clare Jess attended the event as volunteers.
The launch aimed to have 2014 walkers, runners and cyclists cross the Bridge and the final count on the day was 2287 - a great success!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description PARC Study International Scientific Advisory Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Four annual meetings of the PARC Scientific Advisory Committee have taken place.

This has highlighted our work to key national and international figures in physical activity and built environment research and helped raise the profile of the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2014
 
Description PARC Study Project Management Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The Project Management team met twice a year and have a number of roles and responsibilities, for example, to ensure that key study milestones are achieved, that a broad dissemination strategy is developed and implemented.

A broad dissemination strategy has been implemented including presentations at multi-disciplinary academic conferences, manuscripts in peer-reviewed high impact journals, a bespoke PARC ezine circulated to over 700 stakeholders, quarterly presentations at community fora and Politicians Breakfast meetings, and lay summaries of academic manuscripts published on the CCG website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description PARC Study Steering Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Steering Committee has met twice per year and ensures that findings from the PARC Study inform local public health policy and practice.

In particular, methodologies employed in the PARC Study have been used to inform an evaluation framework for the Active Belfast Initiative, which was developed by members of the research team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description PARC Study Survey Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Quarterly meetings to help inform PARC Study

Survey complete
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013
 
Description PARC Study ezine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have produced four PARC Study ezines which highlights key findings from our research to date. This is circulated to over 700 stakeholders via email and raises awareness of the PARC Study to a wide audience.

We have been contacted by a range of stakeholders who are interested in finding out more about our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
URL http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/reports-and-research/parc-study/research-findings/summaries
 
Description PARC Study workshop - August 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In August, the PARC Study research team in collaboration with the Connswater Community Greenway, held a workshop for key stakeholders interested in the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of the project. The purpose of the workshop was to review, challenge, understand and discuss the key PARC study research findings to date.


Thirty participants attended from a range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations including Belfast City Council, the Public Health Agency, Sustrans, Community Development and Health Network and East Belfast Community Development Agency. The workshop has helped to disseminate key findings to a range of stakeholders and to raise the profile of the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Partnerships for Health Conference 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Partnerships for Health-The Future Conference December 2011; Belfast; The Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme: "Nudging" individuals to be more active; Ruth F Hunter, Mark A Tully, Michael Davis, Michael Stevenson, Frank Kee


This event showcased the importance of partnership working in the PARC Study to an audience of various public agencies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Physical activity workshop, Christchurch, New Zealand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully organised and facilitated a workshop, in collaboration with the University of Ulster on physical activity measurement to 30 students and academics at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

This has contributed to an ongoing collaboration with the University of Otago on the development of physical activity interventions for clinical populations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Points 4 Life event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A seminar was held in February 2010 in conjunction with Points 4 Life Manchester and Business in the Community. The audience included policymakers, politicians, academics, statutory and non-statutory sectors. This led to an increased awareness and interest about the physical activity loyalty card scheme.

This resulted in establishing a working relationship with the Points 4 Life team and key policymakers being involved in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Politicians Breakfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We present key findings from the PARC Study at the Politicians Breakfast quarterly. The audience includes key policy makers and councillors in the East Belfast area where the Connswater Community Greenway regeneration project is being developed.

This has resulted in an increased awareness of the PARC Study to local policy makers and councillors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description Presentation at the WHO Europe, expert panel meeting on urban green space interventions, Germany, Sept 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ruth Hunter gave a presentation on an evidence review assessing the environmental, health and equity effects of urban green space interventions at the WHO Europe expert panel meeting, Bonn, Germany, Sept 2016. This has led to the development of an academic journal output and invitation to be on the editorial group for policymaker guidelines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Prof Alan Tapp visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Alan Tapp, Director, Bristol Social Marketing Centre was invited to our research centre to give a seminar on the "Social Marketing and Physical Activity". This was organised in partnership with the Active Belfast Steering Committee.

The seminar was followed by a working group meeting with members of the Active Belfast Partnership to discuss the development of a physical activity social marketing strategy for Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Prof Steve Cummins visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Steve Cummins, Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was invited to our research centre to give a seminar entitled "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from ORiEL (and other) studies" on 17th February 2014.

We are in discussions with Prof Cummin's regarding his potential involvement in future grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHealth/WhatsOn/CPHSeminarSeries/
 
Description Prof Susan Michie visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Susan Michie was invited to our research centre to give a seminar on using the Behaviour Change Wheel in designing public health interventions.

This has led to Prof Susan Michie collaborating with our research team on a grant application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Promoting health and wellbeing - the role of schools (collaboration with Centre for Effective Education) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The School of Education, in partnership with the Centre for Public Health held a showcase event on 14th November in the Canada Room. A number of short talks outlined research currently being undertaken in the area of health and wellbeing in schools.

Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully gave a presentation outlining the promotion of physical activity in schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforEffectiveEducation/News/Title,424731,en.html
 
Description Public Engagement in Research workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation using the PARC study as an exemplar was included in a workshop entitled 'Public Engagement in Research'. This workshop was held as part of a Staff Training and Development course at Queen's University Belfast.

There was a number of questions and interest following the event in how to go about participatory research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Public Enquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Key findings from the Walkability Model and SOPARC sub-study were used as key evidence in a Public Enquiry regarding the development of a public path as part of the plans of the Connswater Community Greenway.

The evidence used played a key part in the success of the Public Enquiry for the Connswater Community Greenway team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description QUB Staff Health and Wellbeing Week - February 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter and Dr Mark Tully gave a presentation at the QUB Staff Health and Wellbeing Week entitled "Walking your Way to Health and Happiness". The audience included 50 members of staff from the University.

This talk highlighted the importance of physical activity, particularly for those with a predominantly office-based occupation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Symposium: Going Green: Advancing interventions for understanding the value of parks and green space to physical activity and public health, ISBNPA, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation as part of an international symposium involving researchers from the University of Ghent (Belgium), Deakin University (Australia) and University of South Carolina (US) has been accepted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Symposium: International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Prague, June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter led a symposium submission to the ISBNPA conference, Prague, June 2019 entitled "Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Urban Green Space Interventions". The symposium involves presentations from international researchers from Brazil and Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Symposium: Research and policy implications of urban green space for physical activity, HEPA Europe, Sept 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Ruth Hunter was the organiser, presenter and chair at a symposium entitled "Research and policy implications of urban green space for physical activity" at the Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Europe, Sept 2016. This involved collaborations with the World Health Organisation (WHO), University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge, University of Southern Denmark and University of Parana (Brazil).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk to Patient and Public Involvement Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an invited talk to the Public Health Agency's 'Patient and Public Involvement' representatives forum, to outline the Centre of Excellence approach to PPI and demonstrate using examples of ongoing or forthcoming projects. 7 of the 10 members were in attendance.

The PPI reps gave very positive feedback on our approach to date and noted that the quality of our mechanisms for enagaging the public in research. They gave us some further advice on how we might improve engagement with members of the public via the some of the organisations they are involved with. Finally, some of the PPI reps present indicated a willingness to join study steering committees for upcoming trials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/directorate-nursing-and-allied-health-professions/allied-health-pr...
 
Description The Long Gallery Science Showcase (PARC Study) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We presented key findings from the PARC Study to MLAs at Stormont to generate interest among policy makers.

Covered in national broadcast and news media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description The Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme was included in the Department of Finance and Personnel bulletin which is disseminated among policy makers and civil servants.

This resulted in an increased awareness of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme among key government personnel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description UKCRC 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Adlakha presented on "Designing age-friendly societies: Impact of urban regeneration on mobility and physical activity in older adults" based on findings from the PARC study at the 2016 Annual Conference of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ukcrc.org/
 
Description University of Malaysia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr Mark Tully was invited to a meeting with public health researchers at the University of Malaysia to discuss our work on the built environment and physical activity.

This has led to the development of a collaboration with the University of Malaysia on a built environment and physical activity project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Urban Transitions conference, Nov 2018 (RH) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter presented preliminary findings from the PARC Study at the Urban Transitions conference, Nov 2018. The presentation was attended by practitioners, researchers and policymakers from a range of disciplines including urban planning, health, transport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WHO European Healthy Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 50 participants (primarily academics from the business and technical sector) attended the workshop on "Assessing the effects of environmental changes on health-related behaviours: lessons from the PARC study". This led to much discussion regarding practical methods for evaluating built environment projects in the 'real world'.

Following this workshop it was identified that there was a need to develop tools to help practitioners with evaluating built environment projects. This led to the submission, and subsequent success, of a knowledge transfer grant application to the ESRC to develop the Walkability Model as such a tool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description WHO European Healthy Cities Meeting 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact WHO European Healthy Cities Networks Phase V (2009-2013), 3rd Annual Business and Technical Conference, Leige, June 2011; http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/environment-and-health/urban-health/activities/healthy-cities/who-european-healthy-cities-network; Assessing the effects of environmental changes on health-related behaviours: lessons from the PARC study; Mark A Tully, Geraint Ellis, Ruth F Hunter, Frank Kee

We presented our work on walkability and using the RE-AIM framework in evaluating public health interventions to a range of academics and practitioners working in the built environment and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description WHO expert meeting, urban green space interventions, Bonn, Germany, Sept 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to be a member of a WHO Europe expert panel on urban green space interventions. This work has led to the development of recommendations for policymakers and practitioners re: the development and evaluation of green space interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Wales Policy seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Frank Kee was an invited speaker at the Wales Public Health Policy Forum, Cardiff, 5th March 2013.

This presentation showcased the work of the PARC Study and its potential public health impact to policymakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Walkability Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Geraint Ellis has facilitated 11 workshops in the UK and Ireland based on the development of a walkability tool along with members of the research team, including:
21st March 2013: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with Glasgow Centre of Population Health.

22nd March 2013: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council.

25th March 2013: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with City and County of Swansea.

15th April 2013: Workshop on 'Mapping Neighbourhood Walkability for Planning and Health', Bristol. Key note talk by Prof. Geraint Ellis on 'Knowledge Exchange, Spatial Analysis and Healthy Urban Environments'.

24th April 2013: Half Day Healthy Norwich Workshop, Prof. Geraint Ellis Key note speaker on ' Knowledge Exchange, Spatial Analysis and Healthy Urban Environments (KESUE) project.

20th May 2013: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with Manchester Public Health.

10th June 2013: Half Day Conference IPH, CoEfPH (NI) and HRB CHDR, Cork, Ireland on 'Supporting physical activity in urban communities: lessons from recent Irish and international walkability studies '. Including presentations by Prof Geraint Ellis ('A new walkability index and its application to local government planning in Northern Ireland') and Dr. Mark Tully ('The relationship between physical activity and walkability'). Audio files and slides available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/hrbc/news/fullstory-296681-en.html

20th May 2013: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with Manchester Public Health.

5th November 2013: Glasgow City Health Conference 2013, Prof Geraint Ellis as an invited speaker on 'Accessibility and Health: The KESUE project'. 120 participants.

20th November 2013: Public Health Law Seminar, Belfast. Prof Geraint Ellis as a Key Note Speaker on "Planning, Physical Activity and Healthy Communities". 40 international participants.

17th February 2014: Half-Day KESUE Walkability Workshop organised in conjunction with Active Belfast Partnership. 30 participants.

This highlighted our work to over 150 workshop participants from statutory and non-statutory agencies from public health and planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/Ou...
 
Description Walkability Workshops - newspaper coverage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Irish Independent; Obesity threat for poorer mothers; 11/06/2013
The Examiner; Poor layout of communities contributing to obesity; 11/06/2013
The Irish Mirror; Irish exercise targets met by just 33%; 11/06/2013
The Herald; Obesity risk is higher for poorer mums; 11/06/2013;
Belfast Newsletter; Better town plans "would encourage more walking"; 11/06/2013;
Irish Medical News; Irish population not meeting minimum levels of activity; 17/06/2013;
Irish Medical Times; A "walkable" urban design could help to curb obesity; 21/06/2013;
Irish Times Health Supplement; Making urban areas more walkable is a step towards fitness; 25/06/2013.

This has helped disseminate the research underpinning the development of a new walkability tool and its potential impacts and use in planning and practice to a wide audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Walkability Workshops - online media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Journal.ie; Irish people don't walk enough - and it's affecting their health; http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-people-walking-levels-944492-Jun2013

Irish Health.com; Warning of 'inactivity epidemic'; http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=22220&artid=22220

This has helped disseminate the work regarding the walkability tool to a wide public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Walkability Workshops - radio coverage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the research team were interviewed for a number of radio shows regarding physical activity and the built environment, specifically featuring research from the walkability tool. These included: Red FM (Cork) - News Bulletin; Spin 103.8 - The Spin; WLR FM - The Talk and
Radio Ulster - Good Morning Ulster.

The radio coverage helped raise the profile of our research from the PARC Study and development of a novel walkability tool to the general public in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Webinar to the Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Dr. Ruth Hunter was invited to give a webinar highlighting the work developed as part of the Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme to Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario.

This has helped raise awareness of our work on incentives for physical activity to an international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Workshop: International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Prague, Jun 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ruth Hunter has had a workshop application to the ISBNPA conference, Prague, June 2019 accepted entitled "Developing an international network on green space related approaches to physical activity promotion: The GREEN-PA Network". This workshop is co-led by international researchers from Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019