What is it?

#EasierToBeActive is a national online conversation for anyone with a passion in making it easier for people with health conditions to be active and stay active. We need your input, your experience and your ideas for what could be improved to better support, empower and inspire people with health conditions to be active. Together we will build up a picture of how we can work together to shape the design, provision and promotion of services so that the system makes it easier for everyone to be active.

Why have you asked me to take part?

This national online conversation is for anyone with a passion for empowering and inspiring those of us with health conditions to be active. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Those who support people with health conditions to get active: sport and exercise professionals, fitness instructors, coaches, health and social care professionals, volunteers, peer supporters
  • Those who provide, design and commission physical activity and health and care services
  • Those of us with health conditions, our carers, families and friends

What is involved?

You will need to register for the online workshop. 

The first online workshop will open from 16th March 2020 - 29th May 2020. Here you can add ideas, and comment and vote on ideas shared by others. You can do this at a time that suits you.

There will be a pause while the data are analysed. This will then be shared with the researchers at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

A participatory action research approach is being used for this study. Participatory methods seek to enable ordinary people to play an active and influential part in decisions which affect their lives. This means that people are listened to and their voices shape outcomes. Possible benefits are being part of work which aims to coproduce guidance to make it easier for people with long term health conditions to be active and stay active.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no anticipated negative consequences to taking part in the project. The project welcomes tricky and heated ideas. However, personal, abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated. Engagement activity will be monitored by the Clever Together team every day for the duration the crowdsource is live for public input. Ground rules have been set and must be adhered to. If there are any concerns, the Clever Together team will contact participants anonymously through the platform. The team will not seek to identify individuals engaged with the crowdsource, unless a participant shares any personal, abusive or offensive content. 

How is the online conversation analysed?

All contributions, no matter how large or small, will be downloaded and read by Clever Together for analysis. They will then develop an iterative coding frame and use qualitative thematic analysis to identify key themes and trends. Clever Together will produce a summary report to represent the views from the online conversation, highlighting main areas of discussion, strength of opinion and outlining recommendations.

Who will know if I take part in the online workshop and what I've said?

The online conversations are managed by Clever Together and no one will be able to identify you, not even the Clever Together team unless you share any personal, abusive or offensive content. We welcome uncomfortable and controversial ideas but personal, abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated and Clever Together will contact you if this is the case. Clever Together work independently and will not share instances when they have had to contact users.

Who can I contact to learn more about this online workshop?

This online workshop is being facilitated by our partners, Clever Together. If you have questions about next steps and how the data will be used, you can reach them by emailing facilitation@clevertogether.com.

Who can I contact if I am having difficulty?

If you're having difficulty using the platform, or experience any problems, please email Clever Together directly at support@clevertogether.com - they'll respond promptly. If you would like to know more about Clever Together please visit www.clevertogether.com

Who has reviewed this study?

The study has been reviewed and approval granted by the ethics committee at Sheffield Hallam University.

Study results

Together we will co-create guidance for the sport and physical activity sector to improve the experience of being active for people with health conditions. This guidance will be developed through the voice and insights shared in the online workshop, and triangulated with existing evidence and policy. It is also planned to share the findings of the research in suitable academic journals and to present at relevant conferences.  For these the involvement of the crowd in the co-design will be acknowledged. This is in keeping with participatory research guidelines. All analysis and any data made public will be anonymous.

How will my information be kept confidential?

The online engagement activity will be managed by Clever Together. Any ideas or comments submitted in the discussion platform will be visible to others taking part in the activity. Personal details will not be visible. Personal details will not be shown next to an idea, comment or vote. A link to the Clever Together information policy can be found on the lower left hand corner of the screen.

Who will be responsible for all of the information when this study is over?

On completion of the study all of the study data will be transferred from Clever Together to the study team at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. The data will be transferred and stored using secure processes and only accessed by members of the study team.

Data Protection

Sheffield Hallam University undertakes research as part of its function for the community under its legal status. Data protection allows us to use personal data for research with appropriate safeguards in place under the legal basis of public tasks that are in the public interest.  A full statement of your rights can be found here. However, all University research is reviewed to ensure that participants are treated appropriately and their rights respected. This study was approved by UREC with Converis number AA17469975. Further information is available here.  

Further questions?

Do take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Please contact Catherine Homer c.homer@shu.ac.uk or 0114 2255815 if you have any further questions

You should contact the Data Protection Officer if:

  • you have a query about how your data is used by the University
  • you would like to report a data security breach (e.g. if you think your personal data has been lost or disclosed inappropriately) you would like to complain about how the University has used your personal data


You should contact the Head of Research Ethics (Professor Ann Macaskill) if:

  • you have concerns with how the research was undertaken or how you were treated


Postal address:  Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WBT Telephone: 0114 225 5555