As a publically funded initiative, evaluation of Active Launceston has been a priority. Evaluation findings have provided valuable insights into the benefits of the program to participants, stakeholders, UTAS students and the broader community. Mixed method evaluations have assessed the outcomes of Active Launceston between 2008 and 2012. Including; cross-sectional time-series telephone surveys, online surveys, focus groups, stakeholder interviews and student testimonials. This evaluation is supported by the analysis of participation statistics, management processes and demographic information. The evaluation design was utilised due the variety of individual and community benefits that were seen to be derived from the initiative.
Results of the Active Launceston evaluation 2008-2012 were published in a Cambridge Scholars book entitled Knowledge in Action University Community Engagement in Australia edited by Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron and Kathryn Anderson. A copy of the chapter on Active Launceston is available for free download here.
Associated research projects will aim to further validate the outcomes of Active Launceston beyond 2015.