Process Evaluation on the YES Intervention
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Background: Childhood obesity affects 13.7 million children and adolescents which makes up almost 20% of the world’s population. Childhood obesity continues to see an increase in cases each year. The Youth Engagement in Sports Intervention (YES) focused on combating childhood obesity by introducing alternative methods of physical activity in the form of intramural sports and nutrition education. Objective: The purpose of this capstone was to conduct a process evaluation on the YES intervention. The focus was to understand and identify themes within implementation of the intervention. Methods: A series of baseline interviews were conducted. Themes were identified using NVivo. Results: Six different themes were identified. The themes communication, organizational strengths, and implementation produced the greatest quantity of codes. Implementation progressed efficiently, but there was a lack of effective communication which posed some challenges to the intervention. Conclusion: The themes organizational strengths, implementation, and communication are fundamental when implementing public health interventions. When conducting interventions researchers should focus on communication between partners, maximizing use of resources and organizational strengths, and effective implementation programming.