|Time||Method||Main finding/ input to program|
Schools are promising venues for intervention as children with different socio-economic background can be reached.|
The period between 6 and 12 years is critical in forming PA habits.
Need for multi-component change program towards PA-friendly everyday arrangement of school life, practices of school staff and students.
Sustainability of changes as main aim.
|2015||Focus group studies||
Schools are interested in encouraging students PA during the school day in addition to PE classes.|
To encourage PA, the modification of rules, re-design of space, tools and training for development of new practices are needed in schools.
|2015||Objective PA measurements||Overall PA levels are low and the potential of school setting is underused|
|since 2016||Action research (incl. Conversations with school staff members and students; observations; analysis of Facebook group posts and action plans of schools; analysis of the feedback from inspirational seminars arranged for the schools within SiM program)||
Each school in unique and therefore, the solutions and focuses of the schools are different.|
Supporting the autonomy of schools is a key element of reducing the odds of dropout.
The changes in school are possible when there is a team leading the SiM activities and management is included.
|2016–2019||Piloting of materials and tools for active lessons, active recess and SiM teams: analysis of the feedback from training seminars and participants’ diaries||Providing ready-to-use materials increase the implementation of new methods and SiM principles|
|2017–2019||Piloting play-leaders training sub-program: analysis of feedback from training camps and interviews with participants||Involvement of students and development of their training and rotation increases sustainability of intervention program|
|Since 2017||Self-evaluation tool||Changes in school culture take time but they are possible. Providing fast and simple feedback to schools about their results is a great motivation for them to continue.|
The answers of school staff and younger students indicate the gradual, but not linear change towards PA-friendly school culture.|
In addition to providing fast and simple feedback to schools, it also provides important input to our program development.
Selection and adaptation of the most promising indicators for PA-friendly school culture which was included in the 2020 national school satisfaction survey.