Thursday, November 26, 2009

UCNISS Research ideas

Keane, Robin, Ben and I have been discussing possible research projects that UCNISS could take on in 2010.

So far we have 3 ideas we believe would be valued in the community, and to our knowledge don't yet exist:
  1. A video directory for ACT sport, recreation and activity
  2. Return on investment for cycleways
  3. Engagement in niche activities
Our current action is to investigate past projects in the ACT and see if these sorts of works have been done already.

A video directory for ACT sport, recreation and activity
What options are there for sport, recreation and activity in the ACT?
UCNISS will investigate and create a directory of sport, recreation and activity options around the ACT. From Rugby to orienteering; skate boarding to rock climbing; cricket to ultimate frisbee. Our objective is to find groups of people with a shared interest in an activity, and to create a profile for that activity complete with video interviews and activity footage, description, locations and maps and further details that someone with an interest can use to get involved. UCNISS will measure the impact that both the finished product and the production process has on levels of engagement in that activity.
Possible partners: ACT Health, ACT Sport and Recreation, Australian Capital Tourism, Canberra Tourism, ACT Skilled and business migration program...

Return on investment for cycleways
What impact do the Canberra cycleways have on community health and engagement in physical activity?
Canberra has exceptional infrastructure for cycling. Numbers of people cycling and walking along these sealed ways is a noticeable aspect of Canberra. UCNISS would investigate usage levels and value perceptions of these cycleways and attempt to compile a return on investment report taking into account impact on individual and community health, happiness and well being; influence on engagement in physical activity, prevention of road related injury, impact on business and economy, influence on lifestyle satisfaction rates. Such a study would require cross discipline and faculty collaboration.
Possible partners: The UC Faculty of Business and Government, the UC Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, the UC Faculty of Health, ACT Health, The Canberra Cycling Club, The Canberra Bicycle Museum, Pedal Power, Ride Canberra, other cycling groups, ACT Sport and Recreation, Australian Capital Tourism, Canberra Tourism, ACT Skilled and business migration program... I have emailed Pedal Power to see if they know of a any study like this.

Engagement in niche activities
Ben is investigating this idea, but essentially it is to find out if people who engage in niche or minority activities, engage in other forms of activity as well. It is to find out if for example a skate park was made unavailable in a community, would the people who use that facility remain engaged in other forms of activity. I'll let Ben describe this project more on his blog, but I really liked the sound of this one as it potentially gives value and understanding of the value that smaller fields give to the community.

When it came to the question of how we might find such research, we think the projects align with ACT Health's Community Funding Round which opened 7 November 2009, with application closing 25 January 2010, and funding available July 2010.
The Community Funding Round aims to support activities related to the promotion of good health in general and the prevention of chronic disease. Funding will be provided to organisations to develop partnerships that strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities to make healthy choices. The funding round also aims to build the capability of organisations to adopt health promotion principles and practices and deliver a range of health promotion strategies.

The Community Funding Round calls for projects that place an emphasis on ACT Health's key priorities. These include: physical activity, healthy nutrition, chronic disease prevention, environmental sustainability and health, smoking reduction and mental health promotion. The funding guidelines will be applied flexibly to project applications received from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

We are looking into other possible funding opportunities, and forming up Google Docs for each. Over the coming weeks we'll investigate if similar studies have been done before, and if we were to conduct such studies - how we would build on that related work. Next meeting some time next week.

Comments and suggestions?


Alexis Lebedew said...

Cycleways looks particularly interesting. It has the dual benefit of covering 'Health' and 'Environment' issues at the same time.

Leigh Blackall said...

Alexis.. do you think these projects are something the AIS could help with?

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