Promising Practice 2


This is an open call to all organisations, groups and individuals undertaking work that is actively contributing to increasing levels of physical activity across the UK. 

To take part in this exciting project, all you need to do is submit details of a physical activity programme that you and or your organisation is running using our simple online questionnaire

Building on the recommendations of the All Party Commission on Physical Activity, the ukactive Research Institute in collaboration with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Public Health England are once again seeking to identify physical activity programmes that demonstrate good and promising practice in local communities.

This review will examine physical activity interventions, with the aim of providing important insight into ‘what works’ in getting people more active, identifying good and promising practice that – if scaled up – could contribute to shifting the population towards making ‘everybody active, every day’, and delivering the associated health, economic and social improvements for local communities.  

In July 2014, a total of 952 survey responses were submitted for phase one of the project, making it one of the largest surveys of physical activity programmes in England ever carried out. Promising Practice 2, the second iteration of the Promising Practice project, will seek to repeat this process, taking a rigorous, objective look at local physical activity interventions across the UK to identify ‘what works’ and examining the progress programmes have made since 2014.

The ‘Identifying what works for local physical inactivity interventions’ report took a rigorous look at the evaluation of programmes, and featured as part of Public Health England’s Everyone Active Everyday framework. This time around, although evaluation will still feature, the focus is identifying and championing those delivering fantastic opportunities for people to become more active and changing lives across the UK.    

Dr Steven Mann, ukactive Research Director, said: “Through Promising Practice 2 we want to identify and scale the most successful initiatives so that they can bring the benefits of physical activity to communities nationwide.

“Our report will provide practical guidance on how the physical activity sector can consolidate good practice and build an evidence-base around what works and significantly improve the standard of physical activity.

“To build the case for wider commissioning of physical activity programmes, it’s essential that we are able to demonstrate our impact and the return on investment of our services in the same way as other public health services.”

Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, said: “The previous Promising Practice process highlighted the wealth and diversity of programmes across the country, but also the limited evidence of what is effective.

“Since 2014, there has been a real drive across the physical activity sector on data and evaluation. So we are excited to see what progress has been made, and hope organisations step forward with interventions with evidence of impact and outcomes.”


All submissions will be reviewed and classified by a senior academic board made up of members of the ukactive Research Institute, the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Public Health England.

Programmes and projects deemed ‘good’ or ‘promising’ will be considered for the opportunity to:

  • Showcase their practice at ukactive’s National Sumimt 2017 and Regional Roadshows.
  • Feature in reportis to and with key stakeholders, including Public Health England and Sport England. 
  • Use their submission as entry to ukactive Flame Awards 2017. 
  • Feature in ukactive’s quarterly Journal, which is circulated to a database of over 3,500 members.


The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will formally open on Monday 21st November and close at 5pm on Monday 9th January 2017. 

For the full list of survey questions, please click here.

For further information please contact or call 020 7400 8627. 

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