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Appendix 1. Overview of data collection tools, designed by Sport Wales, to evaluate the AEBSD programme



Expression of interest applicationsAll schools in Wales were invited, in collaboration with their Local Authority Sport/Leisure and Education Leads, to submit an Expression of Interest Form. This was an outline proposal of how their schools would operate as an active education setting to facilitate sport and physical activity sessions for pupils, families, and the wider community.
School forumsThree school forums were delivered by Sport Wales over the course of the AEBSD programme. School staff, local authority education (for participating schools) and sports development departments were invited to the online school forums to share thoughts, ideas, and opinions on the project. During the last school forum, a short survey was used to capture schools’ thoughts on sustainability of the project. The school forum was a programme component as well as part of the evaluation data collection tools.
Learning logsUsing a template, schools were asked to capture monthly their thoughts on programme implementation, noting important learning points to inform continued delivery.
Attendance registersSchools were asked to track attendance of all attendees to their sessions on a weekly and monthly basis. Attendees were not to be double counted.
Adult structured InterviewAll school contact members of staff were invited to take part in the adult structured interviews. Staff received the questionnaire prior to the interview to obtain the answers and during a remote, online interview they shared the answers to complete the questionnaire.
Pupil-level surveyAn online survey, using a mixture of open- and closed-questions was created to capture pupil’s feelings and thoughts towards the AEBSD programme. Data was collected on the pupil’s attendance at the sessions, overall experience of the sessions, confidence during the sessions, how they travelled to the sessions and impact of the sessions on physical activity.
Additional measures for three longitudinal schools
Pupil’s focus groupsA focus group guide was designed and used to ensure that similar routes of questioning were pursued with each focus group, whilst also allowing for flexibility to respond to lines of discussion raised by the pupils.
Adult semi-structured interviewSemi-structured interviews were conducted with staff involved in the pilot project from both the schools and sport development teams. These interviews captured what was being implemented, what was going well, and any improvements that could be made.

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