Evaluation of benefits

Consolidation of benefits

Evidence-based practice approach

Do citizens on sick leave return to work more quickly as a result of nature-based interventions? Is it possible to help socially vulnerable citizens through weekly activities in nature?

Is outdoor cardiac rehabilitation more effective compared to indoor rehabilitation?

It would be interesting to find answers to these kinds of questions!

Collaboration and knowledge base

In the Outdoor Institute we work closely together with municipalities, knowledge and interest organizations. We have an in-depth knowledge from both research field and practice field regarding the effectiveness of nature-based interventions.

We conduct both qualitative and quantitative evaluations based on interviews, questionnaires, participant observation, etc.

Evaluation process

The evaluation process is always adapted to the individual initiative,
but as a starting point we use the following process model.


Engage stakeholders
Involvement of stakeholders needed for the evaluation to be launched.

Describe the initiative
Thorough description of the initiative. Target group, duration, content, etc.

Evaluation design
What type of evaluation is needed and what indicators can help answer the evaluation questions?

Data collection
Conduct evaluation including data collection, such as existing validated questionnaires, interviews, observations, etc.

Data analysis
Analysis, synthesis and closure.

Knowledge sharing
Dissemination of knowledge and discussion of possible actions as a result.

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Kontakt Heiko i Outdoor Institute på tlf: 24 88 96 28 eller mail:  heiko@outdoorinstitute.dk

Wall of Initiatives

The Wall of Initiatives tell the story about a whole community, Silkeborg, dedicated to the use of outdoor for the common good.

Nature Forces

Outdoor activities strengthening mental, physical and social health for people recovering from cancer.

School in Nature

Dybkær Special School supporting pupils with special needs and their profesionals in using outdoor.

Out in the Open

Use of outdoor activities to train strength, fitness and balance for people with COPD, heart disease and diabetes.

In the Footsteps of the Past

Local cultural experiences as a lever for more activity in nature.

Denmark’s Outdoor Festival

Inspiration and knowledge sharing event for professionals, citizens and visitors.

Outdoor Day for All

Event for citizens with special needs providing a wide range of outdoor activities

Outdoor Academy

Education program empowering people who develop and coordinate outdoor initiatives and experiences.

Nature on Prescription

Outdoor as treatment to improve mental health, empowerment and job readiness.