Staff training and adapted physical activity

Research title: Optimizing staff training to improve adapted physical activity service provision for two community organizations: Co-construction and implementation evaluation.

The community partners, Viomax and Adaptavie, have identified a need to optimize training of their staff to support the accessibility of their programming. The goal of this project is to co-create and implement training resources for staff at Viomax and Adaptavie. The training resources will be grounded in adapted physical activity, person-centered interpersonal communication (e.g., motivational interviewing), and behaviour change (e.g., goal setting, action planning). A working group will be established to co-create the resources. The training resources will be evaluated using a mixed-method quasi-experimental design. Participants will (a) complete questionnaires pre- and post-training, (b) apply their skills on a mock client to be evaluated by two independent coders, and (c) participate in an interview. As a result of this project, community partners will have access to evidence-based training resources that will create a highly qualified workforce aimed to increase accessibility of physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

Goals

  1. Training resources. Six bilingual training modules and three workbooks will be created. These resources will equip community organizations with materials to facilitate the integration and training of existing and new staff. These resources will serve as the basis for local and broad-based appropriation.
  2. Qualified workplaces. The participants in our study will receive evidence-based training for personcentred adapted PA service delivery. Therefore, our two community partners, Viomax and Adaptavie, will benefit by having highly qualified staff delivering adapted PA services.
  3. Graduate student training. This project will immerse two students into partnership and integrated knowledge translation research that will be valuable for their careers in health and social science research. They will acquire proficiencies in co-creation and implementation evaluation to learn how to conduct research according to partner needs (i.e., improve training) to improve social inclusion of people with disabilities (i.e., improved PA experiences).

Milestones

  1. Training resources development & Working Group Meeting #1
  2. Training resources refinement & Working Group Meeting #2
  3. Training resources implementation decisions and Working Group Meeting #3
  4. Evaluation of training resources
  5. Working Group Meeting #4: Evaluation interpretation
  6. Knowledge dissemination

Update: December 1, 2021

Global progress
Training resources development & Working Group Meeting #1
Training resources refinement & Working Group Meeting #2
Training resources implementation decisions and Working Group Meeting #3
Evaluation of training resources
Working Group Meeting #4: Evaluation interpretation
Knowledge dissemination
Team members
Krista Best, Université Laval, CIRRS, REPAR, Health // Mario Légaré, Directeur general, Viomax // Roxanne Périnet-Lacroix, Directrice à l’administration, Adaptavie // Shane Sweet, McGill University, CRIR, REPAR, Society & Culture
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Scientific sectors
Innovation stages
  • Émergence, Expérimentation
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