Survey of Settings

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What are the Surveys of Settings?

The setting-based surveys are companion surveys to the population-based surveys and are conducted based on the same theme as the population based survey.

The studies assess policies, practices, and opportunities to support physical activity of Canadians in key settings (municipalities, schools and workplaces).

What data are collected?

There are four themes

Families (collected in 2003, 2008)  These surveys focus on individual-level factors associated with physical activity and sport that may be influenced by communications and includes factors from a parental perspective related to their children’s physical activity such as:

·         awareness of guidelines for physical activity

·         barriers to participation

·         sedentary activities

Municipalities (collected in 2000, 2004, 2009, 2015)

These surveys collect community based information on

·         municipal policies

·         infrastructure

·         services supporting physical activity

·         municipal programming and schedules

·         barriers and requirements

·         availability of physical activity information

Schools (collected in 2001, 2006, 2011, 2015)

This survey examines the school environment and supportiveness for physical activity by asking about:

·         school policies related to physical activity

·         physical activity programming

·         curricula and instruction

·         availability of facilities

·         training and developmental opportunities

·         social climate and environment

Workplace (collected in 2007)

This survey collects data on:

·         supportive policies for physical activity at work

·         availability of facilities at work to be active

·         other opportunities to be active at or near work

·         work related benefits of physical activity

·         work related barriers to physical activity

·         demand for resources

·         encouragement for physical activity

How is the Data collected?

The surveys typically consist of a self-completed questionnaire, which is mailed to school, municipal and workplace administrators. The mailings are followed by reminders. The returned surveys are verified for completeness. The family survey involves a telephone survey of parents.

Sample sizes can range from roughly 4,000 to 10,000 depending on the setting and survey.

Until 2009, these surveys were collected on an annual basis. Since that time, the surveys have been conducted less frequently.