The profiles available to download on the site give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. The profiles present a set of health indicators that show how the area compares to the national average in an easy to see format.
The data published in the tool are the baselines for the Public Health Outcomes Framework, with more recent and historical trend data where these are available. The Health Improvement Indicators include the percentage of active and inactive adults along with a wide range of other health stats.
The tool compares groups or populations of participants engaging in a sport or physical activity with the same group as if they had not taken part in that activity. It estimates the reduction in risk of key diseases from increased physical activity, and assigns an economic value to the resulting health improvements.
(NOTE: This tool requires you to sign up for an account)
The physical activity return on investment tool has been developed to help decision making in physical activity programme planning at local and sub-national levels.
The tool enables the user to evaluate a portfolio of interventions in their geographical area (e.g. region, county or local authority) and models the economic returns that can be expected in different payback timescales. The different interventions included in the tool can be mixed and matched to see which intervention portfolio or package provides the best 'value for money', compared with 'no package of interventions' or any other specified package.
The tool is accompanied by a package of support materials, including a user guide and technical report, and can be downloaded using the links on this page.
This guide provides an introduction to the evaluation of public health programmes and interventions. It is primarily written for practitioners interested in the evaluation of weight management, physical activity and dietary programmes. However it contains many general principles that may be applied to other public health areas. It will be a useful first step for anyone new to the topic of evaluation or those wishing to refresh their knowledge of evaluation approaches.
Public Health England (PHE) provides many high quality data and analysis tools and resources for public health professionals. The PHE data and knowledge gateway provides direct access to these resources.