Publication: 10 years of the Active School Flag in Irish primary schools

The Active School Flag, a whole-school physical activity promotion initiative, has been offered to primary schools in Ireland since 2009. This programme was developed by the Department of Education and is supported by the Department of Health under the “Healthy Ireland” programme.  The goal of the Active School Flag (ASF) is to enable ‘more children to be more active, more often’. Almost half of all primary schools have attained flag. In this paper we evaluate the ASF using the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework. This RE-AIM evaluation provides evidence of ASF effectiveness, alongside valuable findings that could support programme improvement, and inform future similar initiatives.

Belton S, Britton U, Murtagh E, Meegan S, Duff C, McGann J. Ten Years of ‘Flying the Flag’: An Overview and Retrospective Consideration of the Active School Flag Physical Activity Initiative for Children—Design, Development & Evaluation. Children. 2020;7(12):300.

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