We focus on understanding the implementation of efficacious approaches in order to maximise real world effectiveness. This includes producing high-quality, ground breaking and rigorous research that contributes to supporting people across the UK to be physically active. Research is conducted for the purpose of achieving sector, policy, and academic impact and informing decision making.
The ukactive Research Institute is experienced in designing and implementing a wide range of original research and evaluation projects using mixed methods research approaches to capture data and measure impact using robust, accurate, rigorous, and adaptable methods. We take a pragmatic approach based upon understanding the desired aims, developing specific research questions, and employing appropriate and feasible descriptive or experimental designs. We use academic led research methods but ensure these are feasible in a real-world setting, and report and share outputs in appropriate, translatable formats. This is often through sector facing reports, presentations or infographics, as well as academic presentations or manuscripts.
Our research spans ukactive’s strategic pillars, whilst also exploring new areas of physical activity research. We have a proven track record of producing evaluation frameworks to measure and evidence impact in different settings and for specific populations across the lifespan including: inactive and frail older adults, working age adults, students, and school children and families. We employ the highest standards of scientific rigour to our work favouring transparency, openness, and replicability. Findings from each research and evaluation project are often presented in a sector and/or openly accessible academic facing reports for maximum impact.
We are happy to discuss the needs of any specific projects and offer additional bespoke services as required.
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