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Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA) Instrument

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The PARA is a brief, one-page, check-box instrument used to assess the type, features, amenities, quality and incivilities of a variety of physical activity resources (e.g., parks, churches, schools, sports facilities, fitness centers, community centers, and trails). Assessments typically take fewer than 10 minutes for an medium sized (less than one city block) resource. Features, amenities and incivilities are rated using discrete operational definitions (with pictures as aids) on rating scales of poor, mediocre or good.

Listed in the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Interpretive Guide.

Used to measure:

  • Indicator ST5: Readiness and Need
  • Indicator MT5: Nutrition Supports
  • Indicator MT6: Physical Activity and Reduced Sedentary Behavior Supports
Funding Source
Free Material
  • Evaluated
Evaluation Information

Associated publications:

Evaluation Framework Indicators