Dr. Mark Tremblay, Joel Barnes and Jennifer Cowie Bonne (Active Healthy Kids Canada) authored a paper, “Impact of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card: A 10-Year Analysis,” that was recently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. This paper is part of an open-access supplemental issue relating to the 15 physical activity report cards that were released at the Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children in Toronto May 19-22, 2014. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
Tremblay MS, Barnes JD, Cowie Bonne J. Impact of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card: A 10-Year Analysis. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 11(suppl.1):S3-S20, 2014.
ABSTRACT: For 20 years Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC) has worked to inspire the country to engage all children and youth in physical activity (PA). The primary vehicle to achieve this is the AHKC Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which has been released annually since 2005. Using 10 years of experience with this knowledge translation and synthesis mechanism, this paper aggregates and consolidates diverse evidence demonstrating the impact of the Report Card and related knowledge translation activities. Over the years many evaluations, consultations, assessments, and surveys have helped inform changes in the Report Card to improve its impact. Guided by a logic model, the various assessments have traversed areas related to distribution and reach, meeting stakeholder needs, use of the Report Card, its influence on policy, and advancing the mission of AHKC. In the past 10 years, the Report Card has achieved > 1 billion media impressions, distributed > 120,000 printed copies and > 200,000 electronic copies, and benefited from a collective ad value > $10 million. The Report Card has been replicated in 14 countries, 2 provinces, 1 state and 1 city. AHKC has received consistent positive feedback from stakeholders and end-users, who reported that the Report Card has been used for public awareness/education campaigns and advocacy strategies, to strengthen partnerships, to inform research and program design, and to advance and adjust policies and strategies. Collectively, the evidence suggests that the Report Card has been successful at powering the movement to get kids moving, and in achieving demonstrable success on immediate and intermediate outcomes, although the long-term goal of improving the PA of Canadian children and youth remains to be realized.
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