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Table 1 Overview of GAVA’s sub-studies

From: Design and evaluation of a coalition-led obesity initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in low-income, ethnically diverse communities: the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin initiative

Sub-Studies Purpose Details Frequency of data collection Number of participants at baseline Type of data Study design Source of instrument
Cohort Study To compare outcome variables of families living in intervention versus control communities Parents self-report survey for self, and measured child and adult heights and weights. Cohort started when child was in Kindergarten Annual for 5 years Intervention participants (n = 150) Control participants (n = 163) Quantitative Longitudinal Developed specifically for study
Community Readiness Study To determine the community’s readiness to change Interviews with key stakeholders and randomly recruited community residents Annual for 5 years Stakeholders (n = 11) Residents (n = 9) Qualitative – then scored to derive a quantitative score Serial cross-sectional Community Readiness tool (
Resource Assessment study To determine changes in quantity, and quality of healthy food and physical activity resources located in the community Observations of all assets in the community using standardized protocol Baseline and 5-year post test Corner stores (n = 5) Community gardens (n = 2) Public parks (n = 5) Recreation center (n = 1) Quantitative Longitudinal Developed specifically for this study