We evaluate the implementation and scale-up of health promoting interventions.2 This process is vital to close the research to implementation, or ‘know-do’ gap in health promotion research.
In the world of physical activity research, the vast majority focuses on descriptive studies and one-off trials that never leave the lab setting or make it to the real world.
We know that only 14% of research is translated into practice, and to do so it takes an average of 17 years. This is not because we don’t know what to do, but because we don’t know how to do it. Our work strives to speed up this knowledge-to-action cycle and close the ‘know-do’ or 'research-to-practice' gap.
Thousands of health research articles are published every month but few actually impact clinical practice. Implementation science is a key to bridging this gap.
We investigate the implementation of Choose to Move, a health promotion and physical activity intervention for older adults.
We studied the implementation and scale across British Columbia of this whole-of-school model that supported children to increase their physical activity.
- McKay HA, Macdonald HM, Nettlefold L, Masse LC, Day M, Naylor P. Action Schools! BC implementation: from efficacy to effectiveness to scale-up. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2015;49:210-218
- McKay H, Naylor P, Lau E, et al. Implementation and scale-up of physical activity and behavioural nutrition interventions: an evaluation roadmap. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019;16:102-102.