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Global matrix 3.0 physical activity report card for children and youth: a comparison across Europe

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posted on 10.11.2020, 10:14 by T Coppinger, K Milton, E Murtagh, D Harrington, D Johansen, J Seghers, T Skovgaard, HEPA Europe Children & Youth Working Group,, Anna Chalkley
Objectives: The Global Matrix of report card grades on physical activity serves as a public health awareness tool by summarising the status of child and youth physical activity prevalence and action. The objectives were to: (1) provide a detailed examination of the evidence informing the ‘School’ and ‘Community and Environment’ indicators across all participating European Global Matrix 3.0 countries; (2) explore the comparability of the grades for these two indicators across Europe; (3) detail any limitations or issues with the methods used to assign grades; and (4) provide suggestions on how future grading of the indicators could be improved.
Study design: A comparative review of published methods on the grading of Global Matrix 3.0 indicators across European countries.
Methods: Key documents relating to the European countries involved in the 2018 Global Matrix 3.0 were collated and a template used to extract data for both the ‘School’ and ‘Community and Environment’ indicators.
Results: Seventeen of the 20 European Report Card countries (85%) had a grade for schools, and 15 countries (75%) had a grade for community and environment. All countries considered between one and five factors when assigning the grade for these indicators. There were wide disparities in the number and sources of evidence used to assign the grades for both indicators, limiting the comparability of the evidence between different countries.
Conclusion: To enable comparability, the authors recommend moving towards an agreed standardised set of metrics for grading each indicator. Furthermore, it would be useful to develop and share common tools, methods and instruments to collect data in a uniform way across countries, where possible. Such action will ultimately make the Global Matrix a more robust and useful tool for the future

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Public Health

Volume

187

Pages

150 - 156

Publisher

Elsevier BV on behalf of The Royal Society for Public Health

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

19/07/2020

Publication date

2020-09-24

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0033-3506

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Anna Chalkley. Deposit date: 9 November 2020

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