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Strength Training Program @ Caulfield Community Health Service EVALUATION APPROACHES

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  1. Strength Training Program @Caulfield Community Health ServiceEVALUATION APPROACHES Kirstan Corben Health Promotion Coordinator 30 May 2005

  2. Outline • CCHS Strength Training program • Current approaches to evaluation • Ideas about evaluation in the future

  3. Aim Aim: • To increase the level of physical activity within the local community through participation in strength training Target Population: • Adults from the local community (no defined catchment area), particular focus on older adults aged 60+ years

  4. Objectives • To provide a safe and supportive environment for people to participate in physical activity • To offer information, advice and support to assist individuals to successfully undertake an individually tailored strength training program • To create opportunities for strengthening social connection among participants • To develop avenues for participants to become involved in the operation and development of the strength training program

  5. The Program Now… • 520 participants attending twice each week • Cost of $3 per session • Supervised by fitness instructors • Conducted at Recreation Hall at CGMC • Based on long term participation • Major developments over last 6 years • Seen as an opportunity to: • Strengthen health promotion • Promote participation in physical activity • Support older people to achieve health • Meet a strong community need

  6. Program Participants • Average age 68 years • 88% female • 32% live in Caulfield • Commonly self referred • Participants begin strength training to achieve health benefits • Participants continue predominantly because: • Enjoyment • Social connection • Feel comfortable in the environment

  7. Current Approaches to Evaluation • Indicators for process and impact • Agreed methods for evaluation • Developed tools • Made some progress • Keen to make further progress!

  8. Indicators • Number of registered participants • Attendance patterns (frequency, regularity of participation) • Participant satisfaction (environment, instructors, equipment, exercise programs) • Program progression (changes in weights, exercises) • Participant feedback (self reported changes in function, health and fitness, social benefits) • Physical outcomes for individual participants (reassessment measures)

  9. Methods and Tools • Focus group with instructors (quarterly) • Formal participant assessment and reassessment • Standardised • Validated measures • Participant feedback survey (annually)

  10. Results • Demographics of participant group • Ideas about program development • Feedback about previous changes • Likes, dislikes, preferences • Suggested improvements e.g. coffee mornings, strong news • Results inform future program operation and development • Long term = stronger program success

  11. Ideas for Future Evaluation • ISEPICH Strength Training Network • Standardise aspects of evaluation within all programs