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Volume 3: No. 2, April 2006

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Diffusing a Research-based Physical Activity Promotion Program for Seniors Into Diverse Communities:  CHAMPS III

In this logic model, Inputs flows into Planning Activities, and Planning Activities flow into Planning Outputs. Together, Planning Activities and Planning Outputs flow into Implementation Activities; Implementation Activities flow into Initial Outcomes; Initial Outcomes lead to Intermediate Outcomes, which lead to Long-term Outcomes; and Long-term Outcomes lead to Goals.  Influential Factors have an impact on Planning Activities and Planning Outputs, Implementation Activities, Initial Outcomes and Intermediate Outcomes. Details follow.

Inputs include investments or resources:

  • Grant funding of $35,000 per organization ($20,000, $10,000, $5,000 in years 1 through 3)
  • In-kind funds from organizations
  • Existing resources (such as staff and facilities)

Planning Activities includes conducting focus groups, planning meetings, and advisory groups to:

  • Adapt CHAMPS II program components
  • Design outreach approach including medical screening
  • Train staff/volunteers/interns
  • Develop new physical activity (PA) resources if needed
  • Develop evaluation plan

Planning Outputs include:

  • Preliminary adapted program procedures, components, and materials
  • Trained staff and volunteers
  • Outreach strategies
  • Evaluation plan and materials

Implementation Activities include:

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment
  • Offer program
  • Develop new PA resources as needed

A feedback loop allows for modification of program and procedures between the three implementation activities just named and the following two:

  • Enrollment progress
  • Informal feedback

Initial Factors include the surrounding environment in which program exists, including:

  • Varying amounts of physical activity (PA) resources and facilities
  • Community support for PA through media, policy
  • Competing priorities of organizations’ staff
  • Difficulties finding organizations’ staff or volunteers with qualifications and/or time for program
  • Reduction in state/city funding to two organizations, resulting in staff cuts
Initial Outcomes include:
  • Adapted program procedures, components, and materials
  • Number of people enrolled

Intermediate Outcomes, which are measured at the end of the intervention, include three levels:

  • Organization Level: number of program events offered; staff administrator evaluation of program and its impact on organization
  • Participant Level: changes in PA; evaluation of program
  • Community Level: new PA resources; media attention

Long-term Outcomes, which are measure 1.5 years post-grant include sustained community-level changes and sustained programs.

Goals are to increase PA of minority and lower-income seniors and leave program in place at each organization.

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Figure 1. Logic model for evaluating diffusion of Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) II to reach racial and ethnic minority and lower-income seniors (CHAMPS III).

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