Assessing change in perceived community leadership readiness in the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle program

Iordan Kostadinov, Mark Daniel, Michelle Jones, Margaret Cargo

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    Issue addressed The context of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs can influence the effects of these intervention programs. Leadership readiness for community mobilisation for childhood obesity prevention is one such contextual factor. This study assessed perceived community leadership readiness (PCLR) at two time points in a state-wide, multisite community-based childhood obesity prevention program. Methods PCLR was assessed across 168 suburbs of 20 intervention communities participating in South Australia's Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) program. Using a validated online PCLR tool, four key respondents from each community rated each suburb within their respective community on a nine-point scale for baseline and 2015. Average PCLR and change scores were calculated using the general linear model with suburbs nested in communities. Relationships between demographic variables and change in PCLR were evaluated using multiple regression. Ease of survey use was also assessed. Results Average PCLR increased between baseline (3.51, s.d.≤0.82) and 2015 (5.23, s.d.≤0.89). PCLR rose in 18 of 20 intervention communities. PCLR was inversely associated with suburb population size (r2≤0.03, P≤0.03, β≤-0.25) and positively associated with intervention duration (r2 change≤0.08, P≤0.00, β≤0.29). Only 8% of survey respondents considered the online assessment tool difficult to use. Conclusions PCLR increased over the course of the OPAL intervention. PCLR varied between and within communities. Online assessment of PCLR has utility for multisite program evaluations. So what? Use of a novel, resource-efficient online tool to measure the key contextual factors of PCLR has enabled a better understanding of the success and generalisability of the OPAL program.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)208-214
    Number of pages7
    JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished or Issued - Dec 2016


    • community development
    • evaluation methods
    • program evaluation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Community and Home Care
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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