Using Logic Models as Iterative Tools for Planning and Evaluating Physical Activity Promotion Programs in Curitiba, Brazil

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

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Isabela C. Ribeiro
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Andrea Torres
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Diana C. Parra
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Rodrigo Reis
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Christine Hoehner
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Thomas L. Schmid
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Michael Pratt
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Luiz R. Ramos
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Background:

The Guide for Useful Interventions for Activity in Brazil and Latin America (GUIA), a systematic review of community-based physical activity (PA) interventions in Latin American literature, selected the CuritibAtiva program for a comprehensive evaluation. We describe the process of developing logic models (LM) of PA community interventions from Curitiba, Brazil, and discuss influential factors.

Methods:

The year-long process included engaging stakeholders involved in the promotion of PA in Curitiba, working with stakeholders to describe the programs and their goals, and developing LMs for the 2 main secretaries promoting PA in the city.

Results & Conclusions:

As a result of stakeholder interviews and discussion and the development of the LMs, local officials are coordinating programming efforts and considering ways the programs can be more complementary. The process has prompted program managers to identify overlapping programs, refine program goals, and identify gaps in programming. It also helped to frame evaluation questions, identify data sources, describe realistic outcomes, and reinforce the importance of intersectoral alliances for public health impact. Developing LMs proved to be feasible in the Latin American context, therefore adaptable and useful for other PA promotion programs in the region.

Ribeiro is with the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Torres, Schmid, and Pratt are with the Physical Activity and Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Parra is with the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Reis is with the Dept of Physical Education, Pontific Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil. Hoehner and Brownson are with the Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Ramos is with the Dept of Preventive Medicine, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Simões is with the Prevention Research Centers Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

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