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.
The evaluation process is always adapted to the individual initiative,
but as a starting point we use the following process model.
Involvement of stakeholders needed for the evaluation to be launched.
Describe the initiative
Thorough description of the initiative. Target group, duration, content, etc.
What type of evaluation is needed and what indicators can help answer the evaluation questions?
Conduct evaluation including data collection, such as existing validated questionnaires, interviews, observations, etc.
Analysis, synthesis and closure.
Dissemination of knowledge and discussion of possible actions as a result.
The Wall of Initiatives tell the story about a whole community, Silkeborg, dedicated to the use of outdoor for the common good.
Outdoor activities strengthening mental, physical and social health for people recovering from cancer.
Dybkær Special School supporting pupils with special needs and their profesionals in using outdoor.
Use of outdoor activities to train strength, fitness and balance for people with COPD, heart disease and diabetes.
Local cultural experiences as a lever for more activity in nature.
Inspiration and knowledge sharing event for professionals, citizens and visitors.
Event for citizens with special needs providing a wide range of outdoor activities
Education program empowering people who develop and coordinate outdoor initiatives and experiences.
Outdoor as treatment to improve mental health, empowerment and job readiness.