"Swim for Health": program evaluation of a multi-agency aquatic activity intervention in the United Kingdom

Evans, Adam B. and Sleap, Mike (2013) "Swim for Health": program evaluation of a multi-agency aquatic activity intervention in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 7 (1). pp. 24-38. ISSN 1932-9997

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Abstract

This study represents a program evaluation of ‘Swim for Health,’ a multi-agency partnership in two local authorities in the United Kingdom which sought to increase aquatic activity participation among four target groups. A theory-driven, scientific program evaluation model was utilised to assess if the program achieved its stated aims (Rossi et al 2003). Chronological records were maintained. Participation figures were collected and triangulated with 20 semi-structured interviews with programme stakeholders. Barriers to programme implementation included a lack of prior needs-analysis of service provision and the goals of the programme did not always match those of stakeholders. Swim for Health increased participation in three of four target groups. Program enhancements were limited by availability of staff able to deliver novel activities other than aqua aerobics. Consequently participants were primarily women. Implications for future programs are discussed.

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Additional Information:This study represents a program evaluation of ‘Swim for Health,’ a multi-agency partnership in two local authorities in the United Kingdom which sought to increase aquatic activity participation among four target groups. A theory-driven, scientific program evaluation model was utilised to assess if the program achieved its stated aims (Rossi et al 2003). Chronological records were maintained. Participation figures were collected and triangulated with 20 semi-structured interviews with programme stakeholders. Barriers to programme implementation included a lack of prior needs-analysis of service provision and the goals of the programme did not always match those of stakeholders. Swim for Health increased participation in three of four target groups. Program enhancements were limited by availability of staff able to deliver novel activities other than aqua aerobics. Consequently participants were primarily women. Implications for future programs are discussed.
Keywords:Aquatic exercise, Adult Swimming, Infant (baby) swimming, Programme evaluation, Health
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6993
Deposited By: Adam Evans
Deposited On:30 Nov 2012 09:46
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:20

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