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In autumn 2015, Spirit of 2012 awarded 12 month grants from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund to 11 projects, each of which had the goal of helping the least active people in Scotland become more active.

Three layers of evaluation were built into the fund:

  • self-evaluation (for funder reports, including process evaluation)
  • external evaluation (projects were encouraged to allocate some grant for this) Read the University of Strathclyde Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund Programme Evaluation report here.
  • programme level evaluation (carried out by The Institute for Future Cities at The University of Strathclyde).

ESS was engaged to help funded projects with self-evaluation.

Phase 1: 2015 - 17

After finding out what kind of support projects wanted, we provided tailored support and training as well as contributing to regular learning events for all projects.

"I've done 2 full days in the past at Masters Level and been none the wiser. Your Evaluating Outcomes day simplified everything right down and made it so much easier." Chris Topping, Dumfries & Galloway Council

We helped projects write case studies about the difference they were making for individuals as well as about the process of running their projects. To support projects to capture and share their learning about what does and doesn’t work and why, we developed a Change Record Template, which is now being used more broadly by Spirit of 2012.  

We contributed to the development and delivery of the Golden Nuggets conference in March 2017. As well as sharing what projects had learned about evaluating physical activity, we gathered delegates’ input on the proposed toolkit.

Phase 2: 2017 - 18

The aim of Phase 2 is to share what was learned in Phase 1 about what works in helping people become active. We facilitated an ambassadors group (drawn from the 11 funded projects) to develop an online toolkit based on this learning – including how to evaluate similar projects. 

The resulting Thrive toolkit was launched in July 2017 with support from Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, at a roadshow in Glasgow. There will be five further regional roadshows to promote the toolkit.

ESS will continue to support the roll out and evaluation of the toolkit. 

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