The international universities walking project: Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi technique

W J Brown, G Faulkner, J McKenna, M Murphy, A Pringle, K Proper, A Puig-Ribera, Afroditi Stathi, M R Umstattd

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Abstract

Background: This paper aimed to use the Delphi technique to develop a consensus framework for a multinational, workplace walking intervention.

Methods: Ideas were gathered and ranked from eight recognized and emerging experts in the fields of physical activity and health, from universities in Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, and Spain. Members of the panel were asked to consider the key characteristics of a successful campus walking intervention. Consensus was reached by an inductive, content analytic approach, conducted through an anonymous, three-round, e-mail process.

Results: The resulting framework consisted of three interlinking themes defined as "design, implementation, and evaluation." Top-ranked subitems in these themes included the need to generate research capacity (design), to respond to group needs through different walking approaches (implementation), and to undertake physical activity assessment (evaluation). Themes were set within an underpinning domain, referred to as the "institution" and sites are currently engaging with subitems in this domain, to provide sustainable interventions that reflect the practicalities of local contexts and needs.

Conclusions: Findings provide a unique framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating walking projects in universities and highlight the value of adopting the Delphi technique for planning international, multisite health initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-528
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity & Health
Volume6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • program planning
  • consensus
  • physical activity
  • ecological approach

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