Wednesday, 18 April 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
This one-day seminar, organised by the Outdoor Recreation Network, will look at the changing nature of monitoring participation in outdoor recreation. It is aimed at researchers, analysts, academics and policy makers from across the Outdoor Recreation Sector.
The seminar will cover three main themes
Changes to national policy and strategy – and how that influences ‘what’ we want to monitor (for example measuring levels of physical activity or economic expenditure).
Changes to technology – including increased use of web-surveys, social media, GPS, digital photography, and how this influences ‘how’ we monitor, exploring implications for bias and representation of different population groups.
Evidence requirements – how we balance the need to understand change over time and being responsive to emerging policy and technological developments.
The morning session will focus on the changing policy landscape and what this means for national population-level monitoring. There will be presentations on all of the national population-level outdoor recreation surveys from England, Scotland and Wales.
The afternoon session will showcase novel or interesting case studies of site-based monitoring (local, regional, linear) and provide opportunities for discussion.
Session 1 – Understanding participation outdoor recreation at national level
1. Integrating recreation into the new National Survey for Wales – Sue Williams, Natural Resources Wales. Download presentation here
2. Understanding engagement with the natural environment in England – what have we learnt so far and what next? – Alison Darlow, Natural England. Download presentation here
3. Connecting people and nature – monitoring visits to the outdoors in Scotland – Aileen Armstrong, Scottish Natural Heritage. Download presentation here
4. Understanding outdoor recreation in a changing data landscape – Tom Costley, Kantar TNS. Download presentation here
5. Shifting the evidence for policy and practice – longitudinal studies and natural experiments – Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, University of Edinburgh
Workshop 1: Monitoring participation at site level
6. Assessing the economic and health benefits of the Welsh Coast Path – Quentin Grimley, Natural Resources Wales. Download Presentation here
7. Opportunities and challenges of using technology to gather data in the Active Forest Programme evaluation – Liz O’Brien, Forest Research. Download presentation here
8. Monitoring the National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland – Anjali Badloe, Sustrans and Sam Denis, Sustrans Download presentation here
Workshop 2: Using (new) technology to understand participation
9. Integrating GPS and accelerometry into large scale, population level, data collections: practical utility for measuring participation in outdoor recreation, and concerns and considerations regarding its application in 10-11 year old children – Paul McCrorie – Glasgow University Download presentation here
10. Using machine learning and spatial data to support strategy – Richard Rutter, Canal River Trust and Edward Arnold, Tracis plc Download presentation here
11. Catching the Data: The Sea Angling Diary Project, meeting policy needs through new technologies – Dr Adam Brown – Head of Research, Substance Download presentation here
12. Using mobile evaluation methods to monitor visitor use of a heritage App ‘In the wild’: Walking with Romans in the Brecon Beacons National Park – Dr Thomas Smith, Cardiff University & Suzanna Jones, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Download presentation here