Der Verbund freut sich über die Veröffentlichung einer neuen wissenschaftlichen Publikation durch Prof. Dr. Julika Loss et al. aus dem Teilprojekt ACTION for Men.
Abstract: Community capacity building is an essential approach for health promotion, combining a
participatory approach with the view to community ownership. Little research focuses on practical
capacity building strategies and monitoring. Our paper looks into involving stakeholders in facilitated
group discussions as a specific strategy for fostering capacity building processes. These processes
focused on physical activity (PA) promotion in two German communities (ACTION4men). Along the
dimensions of capacity building suggested in literature (e.g., problem solving, resource mobilization,
leadership), we implemented two participatory stakeholder groups (1/community). These groups
were motivated to develop and implement PA interventions for men >50 years. For measuring
capacity building processes, a semi-standardized monitoring instrument was used to document all
group meetings. Additionally, we conducted semi-standardized interviews with group participants
and drop-outs to capture their perspectives on capacity building. All documents were analyzed using
thematic analysis. We successfully established stakeholder groups that planned and implemented
a range of local measures meant to increase PA among older men. In one community, the process
was sustainable, whereby the group continued to meet regularly over years. Capacity building
was successful to a certain degree (e.g., regarding participation, problem assessment, and resource
mobilization), but stalled after first meetings. Capacity building processes differed between the
two communities in terms of leadership and sustainability. The developed interventions mainly
addressed the access to organized sport courses, rather than tackling walkability or active transport.
The theoretical capacity building approach was successful to develop and implement programs aimed
at promoting PA. The actual capacity building processes depend upon the composition of stakeholder
groups and inherent power relations.