We maintain an ongoing compilation of lessons as they emerge from Active Living By Design's experience with community partnerships. Lessons learned are organized by ten main themes and can be viewed individually within each theme.
This online document is intended to be a 'living' document; the lessons presented are those that we have learned throughout our work with communities across the country. As we continue to learn, we will update the document. We hope that this open sharing will improve practice, facilitate the generation of new ideas and create a discussion where new lessons can be shared across partnerships.
- Policy change can be challenging beyond the existing scale and capacity of a partnership
- "Priorities change, but broader coalitions can help sustain an effort"
- "Successful policy and environmental change efforts require careful due diligence, including feedback from residents"
- The 5Ps are most easily implemented at a smaller geographic scale and for specific settings and populations.
- "The social and built environments are equally important to support healthy lifestyles, and should be compatible"
- The success of a policy is not simply its passage
- Well-structured partnerships can protect agencies from mission drift
- Communication resources are often underutilized within partnerships
- Events can be Resource Intensive
- Effective communication within a partnership is both tailored and two-way
- Social marketing is a highly valuable technique for promoting behavior change
- Effective promotions reinforce and integrate with other strategies
- Fear of crime can be a major barrier to active living
- Nutritionists and food system advocates often have different perspectives and goals for healthy eating
- HEAL funders have not adequately served some rural regions
- "Principal and school district support for physical activity and healthy eating are key, especially in disadvantaged schools"
- "School grounds and facilities are an important HEAL asset, especially for resource-poor communities"
- Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs show excellent promise for changing how children travel to and from school
- Home is a challenging and underserved setting
- Leaders' attitudes toward fund raising can greatly affect sustainability