This is a feasibility and pilot study to prepare the groundwork for a future cohort study of the impact of moving to newly-built neighbourhoods on travel behaviour, physical activity and well-being. It involves appraising the research potential of candidate study sites, developing and piloting recruitment and data collection protocols, and exploring the attitudes, motivations and constraints of gatekeepers such as developers and housing associations in supporting research of this kind. In particular, we aim to reduce the uncertainty concerning two critical aspects of study design: the feasibility of recruiting participants and controls, and which data to collect.
The primary outcomes are the response rates of participants and controls, including estimation of the proportion of those (1) approached and (2) expressing an interest in participation who go on to complete data collection. In addition, we will compare a data collection protocol involving a long questionnaire with one involving a short questionnaire accompanied by combined accelerometry and GPS measurement. The ultimate aim is to design and implement an evaluative study of the impact of relocation to new residential environments on active living (active travel, sedentary behaviour and overall physical activity), individual and social well-being and related outcomes.
NIHR School for Public Health Research, Unit held grant.