Monitoring and evaluation

Two ladies take part in a health walk in Lewisham

We want to help people around the country to get active and stay active. To do this effectively, we know that our schemes need the backing of their local authorities, NHS and other local health and government bodies.

Funding for local schemes is extremely important, so we need to show at both a national and a local level that Walking for Health is having a positive impact on people's lives, helping them to build and maintain their activity levels.

This means that monitoring and evaluating Walking for Health is vital. It is through this that we can prove Walking for Health's effectiveness and life-changing impact. To do this, we ask our schemes to collect information about our participants through our Outdoor Health Questionnaire and walk register and to enter this into our database. This allows us to evaluate Walking for Health at a national level and also provides schemes with key statistics about their walks.

Walking for Health is committed to carrying out a new evalauation over 2013 and 2014 to create a robust evidence base for the benefits of our programme. 

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