Tag Archives: Planning / Assessment / Evaluation

Four Things We Learned from Evaluating Our Impact

By Sydney Jones on September 7th, 2017

As an essential practice in Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s Community Action Model, we often talk about cultivating a Culture of Learning. And as ALBD’s evaluation specialist, helping our team learn is part of my job description! Learning what works and what doesn’t is essential for nonprofits, governments, and partnerships to make the most impact […]

How to Prepare Your Partnership for Unpredictable Times

By Danielle Sherman on November 9th, 2016

While volunteering as a poll monitor yesterday, I helped voters successfully cast their ballots and documented their experiences to improve the process for future voters. As I stood near both Democratic and Republican representatives of Wilson County, NC making their case to voters in the final hours, I was reminded of a powerful lesson: ultimately, […]

Measuring Walking Access to Parks

By Dee Merriam on October 13th, 2016

The US Surgeon General’s 2015 report Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities notes that just 22 minutes a day of physical activity such as brisk walking may improve your health. The report goes on to recommend creating desirable destinations, such as parks, that are close to […]

A Fresh Model for Community-Driven Change

By Risa Wilkerson on March 23rd, 2016

Active Living By Design is about to launch a fresh model for community-driven change to reflect the evolution of our field’s growth. It reminds me of how far we’ve come. Early in my career, I was talked into wearing a Minnie Mouse costume at a health fair hosted by the local health department. My small […]

Building a Movement for a Culture of Health

By Don Schwarz on December 16th, 2015

At one time or another, almost all of us pledge to be healthier. Eat better, exercise regularly or sleep more. But as we all know, sustaining these efforts over the long-term can prove challenging. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), we’ve made our own pledge: to build a Culture of Health in America so […]

Pilot Projects Are a Runway for Policy Launches

By Joanne Lee on April 10th, 2015

The need to improve access to healthy food is not a new issue in North Carolina; the nearly 350 food deserts across 80 counties impact 1.5 million North Carolinians. The current companion bills in the North Carolina House and Senate that would establish a Healthy Corner Store Initiative are a step in the right direction, […]

How Will the Millennial Perspective Change our Work?

By Mary Beth Powell on January 21st, 2015

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” – Bill Gates Before my 21-year-old daughter headed back to school last week for her final semester of college, we had an insightful conversation about her career and life plans when […]

Growing Food and Planning Connections

By Joanne Lee on November 12th, 2014

Ten years ago, professional planners and nutritionists rarely sat at the same table, let alone shared a common vision. The recent release of the Growing Food Connections (GFC) Policy Database symbolizes the great strides that have occurred from collaborations across the planning and food/nutrition sectors to achieve policy and practice changes that support healthy communities. […]

Test, Then Invest: Pilot Projects

By Sarah Moore on November 6th, 2014

Active transportation advocates have had a big year. The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, announced a new initiative to enhance pedestrian and biking safety nationwide, and the Alliance for Biking and Walking released a benchmark report with data showing safety in numbers and compelling success stories (like how Portland, OR, built an entire […]

Phoenix, AZ: Community Engagement for Equity Example

By Tim Schwantes on August 11th, 2014

The Maryvale on the Move initiative in Phoenix, Arizona, worked energetically and persistently to engage, prepare and involve low-income residents through training, assessment and a variety of real-time opportunities to collaborate with professionals and advocate for change.