18 May 2017

Evaluation of Workplace Challenge

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This report outlines the findings from our evaluation of the third year of the Workplace Challenge (from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016).

The County Sport Partnership Network Workplace Challenge is one of Sport England’s Lottery funded Get Healthy, Get Active projects. The programme aims to engage inactive people to increase participation in sport and physical activity and build the evidence base for the role of the workplace in promoting sports participation to improve health.

The programme aims to target workplaces of various sizes and types from small local businesses to large international corporations. The Workplace Challenge is based around a website www.workplacechallenge.org.uk. The activities delivered as part of the project include online activities such as national activity log challenges as well as offline activities including business games, competition programme events and Workplace Challenge Champion training.

Key findings from this phase of the evaluation

  • Participants logged 332,614 activities on the Workplace Challenge website - 28% of these were recorded as being of light intensity, 34.6% of moderate intensity and 37.4% of vigorous intensity.
  • Top three most frequently reported activities were walking, running and road cycling.
  • There were significant increases in the proportion of inactive participants taking part in at least one 30 minutes session of sport each week between baseline and three months.
  • There were significant increases in proportion of participants meeting physical activity recommendations at all survey time points.
  • Mental health and wellbeing scores significantly improved between baseline and the three month follow-up for active participants.
  • There were significant reductions in sickness absenteeism overall.

County Sport Partnership Network Workplace Challenge - Evaluation report March 2017