Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook


Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook


This 73-page handbook provides tools that State and local agencies and community-based organizations can use to evaluate physical activity programs. These tools are designed to help users demonstrate program outcomes and continuously improve physical activity promotion programs.

This handbook includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Six steps for evaluating physical activity programs
    • Engage stakeholders
    • Describe or plan the program
    • Focus the evaluation
    • Gather credible evidence
    • Justify conclusions
    • Ensure use and share lessons learned
  • Appendixes
    • Program evaluation standards and how they apply to the six steps of program evaluation
    • Guide to Community Preventive Services recommendations
    • Theories and models used in physical activity promotion
    • How to write SMART objectives
    • Indicators and measurement resources
    • Sample case studies


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2002
Original Summary: July 2005
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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