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Evaluation and Research

As a publicly funded initiative, evaluation and research of Active Launceston has been a priority. Evaluation findings have provided valuable insights into the benefits of the program to participants, stakeholders, students and the broader community. Active Launceston formed the basis of a Master’s Thesis,  has been published in peer-reviewed literature numerous times and has also been presented at a number of local,  national and international conferences. The evidence behind the success of Active Launceston has informed a larger body of work across the community sector in health promotion and preventive health care projects. Please see the infographic here or listed citations for further details. 


Byrne, L., Ogden, K. and Auckland, S. (2014) Knowledge in Action - Engaging Australia, Chapter 2, Cambridge Scholars Newcastle pp. 35-52.

Byrne L, Ogden K, Lee S, et al. Mixed-method evaluation of a community-wide physical activity program in Launceston, Australia, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, doi: 10.1002/hpja.241; 2019. 

Byrne L. Mixed methods analysis of a multi-strategy, community-wide physical activity intervention: Active Launceston, MBiomedSc (Research) thesis, 2018. University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania. 

Williams A, Byrne L, Strieter L, Watson G, Arena R. Translating Research Findings into Community Interventions. Considerations for Design and Implementation: A Case Based Approach. In: Bird SR, editor. Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. London and New York: Taylor and Francis Group; 2019. p. 350.

Roach J, Andrew M. Active Launceston Evaluation 2013_2015 Summary Report, Tasmania, 2016.

Byrne L. Active Tasmania: How an Australian University Improves Community Health and Well-Being. Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities & Colleges; 2015; Kelowna, British Columbia. University of British Columbia.

Lei S, Palmer A. Report on the Cost Benefit of Active Launceston. Menzies Institute for Medical Research, 2016. University of Tasmania, Tasmania (unpublished paper)

Byrne L, Ogden K, Allen P. Active Launceston: How effective is a partnership project in increasing physical activity in a community setting?  Proceedings of the Be Active National Physical Activity Conference; 2014; Canberra, Australia. 

Coombes J. Active Launceston Pilot Project Evaluation Report, Community Focus, Tasmania, 2010.

Byrne L. Active Launceston. Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Obesity; 2010; Stockholm, Sweden: Wiley Publishers.

Byrne L. Active Launceston. Proceedings of the AIESEP (International Association for PE in Higher Education) International Congress; 2009; Florida, USA.  AIESEP.