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An Ecological Understanding of Evaluation Use: A Case Study of the Active for Life Evaluation

This document presents a case study of use of an evaluation of Active for Life: Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older a program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The breadth of both the program and the evaluation created additional ways of thinking about evaluation use–what it looks like, where you find it and how to connect it.

This report seeks to be helpful not only to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other foundations, but more broadly to the fields of evaluation, aging, physical activity and public health in understanding what evaluation use looks like in context and how it can be facilitated. The community use of evaluation may have particular interest for those engaged in community-based participatory research; the evidence-based program link to evaluation may have particular interest for policy-makers and researchers; the ecological understanding of evaluation use adds a complementary approach to familiar categories in the study of evaluation use.


Bibliographic Details
Author Judith Ottoson and Diane Martinez,
Publisher Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Publication Date June 1, 2010
Publication City Princeton, NJ
Publication Work
Resource Type
Resource Focus
Submitted to Point K August 9, 2011 - 10:59am


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