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TED Talk video, 18 mins. Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
Patton, Michael Quinn. (2008). Utilization-Focused Evaluation: 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publications. Useful for practitioners and students alike, this book is both theoretical and practical. Features include follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter and a utilization-focused evaluation checklist. It gives greater emphasis on mixed methods than previous editions and analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels.
This toolkit was devised for the use of Yukon service providers who want to incorporate evaluation into their work with young people. Its goals are to: Increase understanding of the basics of evaluation including the use of different methodologies. Assist readers in developing the skills to prepare an evaluation plan. Provide tools to carry out an evaluation of a local community project.
Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation may not seem like knowledge sharing activities at first glance. However, participatory interactions that encourage reflection and help project into the future, along with feedback on progress, can be very useful. This section of the Knowledge Sharing Toolkit looks at the following questions: How can we identify our past successes and assets upon which we can base our planning? How can we design a participatory strategic planning exercise? How can we encourage reflection process on lessons learned and ensure this new understanding informs...
This primer introduces the concept of developmental evaluation to potential users and provides some tools to support its use.
At its most basic, a theory of change explains how a group of early and intermediate accomplishments sets the stage for producing long-range results. A more complete theory of change articulates the assumptions about the process through which change will occur, and specifies the ways in which all of the required early and intermediate outcomes related to achieving the desired long-term change will be brought about and documented as they occur. This documuent is for planners and evaluators who are going to facilitate a process for creating a theory of change with community based programs and...
This tool was designed to help you start conversations and spark debate about the importance of physical activity and to find out what candidates in municipal elections plan to do about it. It provides facts about physical activity, offers suggestions for questions you can ask candidates, and provides various ways to use it. Available in English and French
In an effort to protect young athletes against concussions, Niagara Region Public Health provides free and ongoing support to minor sport organizations across Niagara.  At present, efforts are targeted at team sports played by children and youth (5-19 yrs.), where they see the highest rates of concussion/brain injury. Resources include free consultations, interactive event booths, help in developing a concussion policy, concussion facts, and more.
Certain characteristics of rural communities contribute to the problem of childhood obesity. This toolkit is intended to provide a range of science-informed, promising or emerging obesity prevention strategies to address childhood obesity in rural communities in five different sectors that serve children. Sectors include: Early Care and Education: Head Start, Pre-K, child care centers and family child care Schools: Elementary, middle, junior high and high schools Out-of-School Time: Traditional afterschool programs, weekend, summer and holiday programs Other Community Initiatives:...
Online webinar, 37 minutes. This is the 10th anniversary of the most current and comprehensive annual assessment of the physical activity of children and youth in Canada. For the first time, this Report Card - titled Is Canada in the Running? - reveals how Canada stacks up against 14 other countries. Launched at the 2014 Global Summit, this webinar discusses the results of the Report Card, global comparisons and key findings from the Global Summit. Join lead author, Joel Barnes, for a presentation and discussion about this year's results and key findings. Webinar hosted by Parks and...
This guide defines and describes Leisure Education and its importance to the after school time period. A chart of leisure education tools by age group and learning component is included. It also provides fun activities that support learning about leisure that will increase awareness and understanding of leisure and that will help children explore individual interests and choices. These are steps in a leisure education process that prepares individuals to make leisure choices that are personally satisfying and that contribute positively to their health and development. Document français : L’...
The Global Summit delved deep into key childhood behaviours that contribute to overall physical activity levels through a series of four half-day sessions: Sedentary Behaviour, Active Play, Active Transportation and Organized Sport...
The Flourishing Children Project is part of a major initiative by Child Trends to develop rigorous national (US) indicators of flourishing among children and youth for inclusion in national surveys, research studies, and program evaluations. This work was conceptualized and implemented following the 2003 Indicators of Positive Development Conference, which brought together federal officials, foundation staff members, and researchers to consider indicators of positive development ranging from health behaviors, religiosity, frugality, and parent-child relationships. This site includes...
A presentation (2013) from the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Collaboration is proving to be a powerful way to advance physical literacy across Canada. Join five inspiring champions from across Canada as they share their journey toward physical literacy implementation. Learn how Cardel Place (Calgary, AB), the City of Kingston (ON) and Sport Councils of Ontario are mobilizing entire communities and how the Pacific Institute Centre for Excellence (Victoria, BC) is impacting aboriginal youth and The City of Ottawa (ON) is inspiring change in child care settings.
Active Start and FUNdamentals for Children with a Physical Disability resource is designed for teachers and coaches of youth who have a physical disability (congenital or acquired disability) and who are in the Active Start and FUNdamentals Stages of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program. This resource includes theory, tips and activities to assist in teaching motor skills with specific adaptations for children with mobility aids, mobility limitations, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and in wheelchairs. All the skills taught in this resource address the three major skill...
This handbook (available for purchase) includes theory, tips and activities to assist in teaching motor skills with specific adaptations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Intellectual Disabilities. All the skills taught in this resource address the three major skill categories within the LTAD Model: stability skills, object manipulation skills, and locomotor skills. This resource is a user-friendly, multi-sensory teaching tool that provides: a description and characteristics of the...
This document is an overview of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles as they relate to individuals with an intellectual disability. The purpose of the initial overview is to Describe LTAD and explain how the 11 key factors apply to individuals with an intellectual disability. Identify current issues in programming for participants whether they are pursuing lifelong physical fitness or more intensive levels of training for optimal competitive performance. Systematically and coherently outline how each stage of LTAD might apply to individuals with an intellectual disability....
This presentation focuses on how physical literacy definitions may, or may not encompass the needs of Canadians with disabilities.
Physical literacy serves an important foundation for many sports (e.g., LTAD) and education (e.g., provincial PE curriculum) policies in Canada. This paper provides an overview of physical literacy through the lens of an educator and attempts to bridge a significant gap between sport and physical education. The working definition that is provided examines physical literacy from the perspective of a quality physical education program and the role that such programs play in the development of the whole child.
This consultation paper describes a 7-stage Canadian framework of LTAD, a training, competition, and recovery program based on developmental age - the maturation level of an individual - rather than chronological age. This resource is an update on CS4L– Long-Term Athlete Development that, in the spirit of "Kaizen" or continuous improvement, builds on the original 2005 Canadian Sport for Life – Long-Term Athlete Development Resource Paper.

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