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Participants Sought--Research Study on Joint Land-Use Planning and Public Health Framework to Enhance the Design of Active Communities

Deadline March 31, 2011

My name is Kim Bergeron and I am a PhD. Candidate at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. I am conducting a research study to develop a joint land-use planning and public health framework to enhance the design of active communities. I am recruiting Ontario planners and public health professionals (defined as professionals working to increase the health of the population) who have an interest in sorting and/or rating statements generated by Ontario land-use planners and public health professionals who contributed their thoughts when completing the following statement:  "When designing active communities, a specific collaborative effort (i.e., tasks, behaviours, actions) that land-use planners and public health professionals should engage in is…"

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Rater

  • The primary task is to rate the statements generated on importance and feasibility.
  • Working at your own pace, you will rate the statements generated on two dimensions: importance of each statement compared with other generated statements and feasibility to implement the statement in the next three years on a 5 point Likert scale, with 5 indicating extremely important or extremely feasible and 1 indicating relatively unimportant or relatively unfeasible. Estimated time for completing this task is 20 minutes.
  • To participate, visit http://www.conceptsystemsglobal.com/Jointlanduseplanningandpublichealthf...

Sorter

  • The primary task is to sort the statements generated.
  • Working at your own pace, you will sort the statements utilizing the secure project web-link to the concept mapping software. You will group similar statements from all of the statements generated into “virtual” piles. You will be asked to write a descriptive name for each pile that you create. You can rename these piles at any time during the sorting process. Estimated time for completing this task is 30 minutes.
  • To participant, visit http://www.conceptsystemsglobal.com/Jointlanduseplanningandpublichealthf...

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If you participated in the previous phase of this research study and you remember your log-in information, please feel free to use it. If you don't remember your log-in information, please create a new username and password and answer the participant’s questions. You can log-in and out of the system as many times as you would like. You can also do both tasks during the same session.

This study has been granted clearance according to the recommended principles of Canadian ethics guidelines, and Queen’s policies.

The purpose of my research study is to utilize the concept mapping process to empirically and conceptually formulate a joint land-use planning and public health framework to enhance the design of active communities. Concept mapping brings together diverse groups of stakeholders in order to organize their ideas to help them form a common framework. Active communities are neighbourhoods with resources (i.e., sidewalks, recreation centres, playgrounds, parks, open green spaces and trails) that provide opportunities for residents to engage in physical activity in safe, aesthetically pleasing environments.

Study participants: Land-use planning and public health professionals who currently collaborate with or have collaborated in the past with public health professionals (if a land-use planner) or land-use planners (if a public health professional) in at least one of the following topic areas: land-use planning; built environment; sustainable transportation; active transportation; or physical activity through community design, is sought for this research study.

If you have any questions about this project or require additional information, please contact Kim Bergeron at (905) 372-1167 or k.bergeron@queensu.ca.