Health promotion and sustainability programmes in Australia: barriers and enablers to evaluation

Patrick, Rebecca and Kingsley, Jonathan 2017, Health promotion and sustainability programmes in Australia: barriers and enablers to evaluation, Global health promotion, doi: 10.1177/1757975917715038.

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Title Health promotion and sustainability programmes in Australia: barriers and enablers to evaluation
Author(s) Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca
Kingsley, Jonathan
Journal name Global health promotion
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-08
ISSN 1757-9759
Keyword(s) ecological health promotion
environmental sustainability
health promotion
mixed methods
Summary In an era characterised by the adverse impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, health promotion programmes are beginning to actively link human health with environmental sustainability imperatives. This paper draws on a study of health promotion and sustainability programmes in Australia, providing insights to evaluation approaches being used and barriers and enablers to these evaluations. The study was based on a multi-strategy research involving both quantitative and qualitative methods. Health promotion practitioners explained through surveys and semi-structured interviews that they focused on five overarching health and sustainability programme types (healthy and sustainable food, active transport, energy efficiency, contact with nature, and capacity building). Various evaluation methods and indicators (health, social, environmental, economic and demographic) were identified as being valuable for monitoring and evaluating health and sustainability programmes. Findings identified several evaluation enablers such as successful community engagement, knowledge of health and sustainability issues and programme champions, whereas barriers included resource constraints and competing interests. This paper highlights the need for ecological models and evaluation tools to support the design and monitoring of health promotion and sustainability programmes.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1757975917715038
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Author(s)
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