The International Universities Walking Project: Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi Technique

Gilson, Nicolas, Brown, Wendy J., Faulkner, Guy, McKenna, Jim, Murphy, Marie, Pringle, Andy, Proper, Karin, Puig-Ribera, Anna and Stathi, Aphroditi (2009) The International Universities Walking Project: Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi Technique. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6 4: 520-528.

Author Gilson, Nicolas
Brown, Wendy J.
Faulkner, Guy
McKenna, Jim
Murphy, Marie
Pringle, Andy
Proper, Karin
Puig-Ribera, Anna
Stathi, Aphroditi
Title The International Universities Walking Project: Development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi Technique
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5476
1543-5474
Publication date 2009-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 520
End page 528
Total pages 9
Editor H. W. Kohl III
J. M. Hootman
Place of publication Champaign, IL, U.S.A.
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920205 Health Education and Promotion
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
111712 Health Promotion
920505 Occupational Health
Formatted abstract
Background: This paper aimed to use the Delphi technique to develop a consensus framework for a multinational, workplace walking intervention.

Method: 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.
© 2009 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Keyword Consensus
Ecological approach
Program planning
Physical activity
Physical-activity intervention
Promoting walking
Sitting time
Community
Exercise
Health
Adults
Trial
Overweight
Pedometers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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