Register for the Global Matrix 4.0

Please complete the registration form below.

Similar to what was done in the Global Matrix 3.0, there will be four tiers of registration fees based on current World Bank Classifications:

  • US $500 (low-income countries)
  • US $750 (lower-middle-income countries)
  • US $1000 (upper-middle-income countries)
  • US $1500 (high-income countries)

We prefer payment by debit/credit card via PayPal. If PayPal payment is not an available option, consider using a bank wire transfer. Please find below the information to provide to your bank for USD funds transfer to the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) account in Canada.

BENEFICIARY NAME: Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1H 8L1
DESTINATION BANK: Royal Bank of Canada
DESTINATION BANK ADDRESS: 90 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5T6
DESTINATION BANK #: 0003
DESTINATION BANK TRANSIT #: 00886
DESTINATION BANK ACCOUNT #: 1023563
SWIFT CODE: ROYCCAT2

Updated October 7th, 2020

The sequence below outlines how the development of the Global Matrix 4.0 will proceed.  Please note that the uncertainty with the COVID-19 situation and the extension of the registration deadline influence the other stages of the Global Matrix 4.0 project. The current timelines are under revision and the release date and location is still TBD.

  1. Registrations
    • Opening date - January 20th, 2020
    • Closing date (updated) - December 31st, 2020
    • The registration deadline for the Global Matrix 4.0 has been extended from April 30th until December 31st, 2020. We encourage you to register early – please, do not wait until the new deadline is approaching since current COVID-19 related changes (e.g., in academic institutions, banks) may result in significant processing delays. There will be no further extensions to accommodate countries interested in participating.
  2. Development/update of the indicator benchmarks and grading rubric
    • Zoom meetings with groups (representatives from 6-12 participating countries) for guidance/discussions about methodology, interactive discussion to update physical activity indicators, their definitions and associated benchmarks - July - August 2020
    • Form Report Card Teams and report to the AHKGA - September 2020 - February 2021
  3. Report Card development period
    • Complete AHKGA Baseline Survey - September 2020 (for those who join the project during October - December 2020, the deadline will be extended)
    • Country Report Card Leadership Group data identification meeting - January - February 2021
    • Data gathering and synthesis - February - July 2021
    • Complete AHKGA mid-development Survey - September 2021
    • Report Card grades and rationale due - December 2021
    • Prepare Report Cards (graphics, cover, translation, website, etc.) due - April 2022
    • Countries submit short form Report Cards - May 2022
    • Countries submit finalized Report Card covers and infographics - May 2022
  4. Global Matrix 4.0 launch
    • Global Matrix 4.0 launch - mid 2022 (exact date and place TBD)
    • Complete AHKGA post-release survey - December 2022

The location of the Global Matrix 4.0 launch will be decided in consultation with the registered Report Card teams. Launch registration fees and traveling costs, opportunities for oral and poster presentations, and the publication of an abstract book will depend on the final launch location decision – which all registered country leaders will be a part of making.

1. Advocacy

Regardless of the availability of good quality data, the Report Card remains a potentially powerful tool for advocacy. Through their participation in the Global Matrix, countries have the opportunity to identify physical activity surveillance gaps, network and build research capacity, promote physical activity among their communities, and advocate for policy change that will facilitate childhood physical activity. Even the lack of good quality data or lack of new data since the release of a previous Report Card is still a relevant and meaningful finding to report. This is particularly true concerning some of the sources of influence indicators (school, community and environment, government). The main message of a Report Card can be to highlight the efforts or the absence of efforts that have been accomplished to tackle the population health issue of children and youth physical inactivity or to improve the surveillance within a country.

There have been many success stories related to countries participating in the Global Matrices and developing and releasing Physical Activity Report Cards. For example, there have been several instances of countries establishing new nationally representative physical activity surveillance measures as a result of their participation in the Global Matrices. Additional benefits reported by Report Card country leaders include:

  • Increased awareness of the importance of childhood physical activity
  • Capacity building within countries
  • Improved physical activity surveillance.
  • Development of expanded Report Cards inclusive of special populations
  • Significant media impact
  • National conferences organized for the release of a Report Card
  • Development of government policy that promotes physical activity
  • Research recognition

The Global Matrix 4.0 is set to be the largest edition to-date and will further contribute to the growing list of positive impacts that can be attributed to the Report Cards and the Global Matrices. A complete list of success stories related to various countries’ participation in the Global Matrices has been published and can be accessed here.

2. Publishing opportunities

In terms of productivity, the Report Cards and Global Matrices have resulted in the publication of 149 scholarly articles, which have garnered over 1600 citations. Moreover, there have been over 240 academic presentations and 120 poster presentations related to the Report Cards and Global Matrices presented at various international, national, and local events. A complete list of publications and presentations has been published and can be accessed here.

Participation in the Global Matrix 4.0 will come with several publication opportunities, including individual publications, integrated publications, and targeted journal issues (this will be influenced by the Global Matrix 4.0 release host institution and the availability of funding).

3. Global Matrix 4.0 book

The AHKGA will develop a digital book presenting the main integrated findings of the Global Matrix 4.0 with a chapter dedicated to each Report Card.

4. Website presence

Each country will have a Global Matrix 4.0 dedicated country page with all of their information on the AHKGA website.

5. Empowerment

Report Card team leaders will be invited to actively participate in setting directions for the Global Matrix 4.0 initiative, including location choice for the Global Matrix 4.0 release, benchmarks and grading schemes updates, and deciding upon a publication strategy. Additionally, Report Card teams will have the opportunity to take an active role in positively influencing the trajectory of childhood physical activity at both the national and international levels. Moreover, the Report Cards have the potential to be the spark that stimulates the growth of childhood physical activity research in countries where such mandates are lacking or absent.

6. Mentoring and guidance

Report Card teams will receive mentoring and guidance from the AHKGA Board of Directors as well as from experienced regional leaders for the various geographic regions represented in the Global Matrix. AHKGA support staff will also be available to respond to any concerns and to help guide Report Card teams through the Report Card development process (data synthesis, grading framework, knowledge translation, etc.).

7. Networking opportunities

Report Card teams participating in the Global Matrix 4.0 will become part of an international network involving researchers/physical activity experts from all the continents. Early career researchers and collaborators will have the opportunity to work closely with high-profile researchers in the field of physical activity and health. Collaboration within each country’s Report Card working group members, between the Report Card leaders/co-leaders, and the AHKGA coordinating headquarters (Ottawa, Canada) will provide opportunities for professional connections, partnerships, exchanges and friendships.

8. Funding support

The AHKGA has a fundraising committee dedicated to exploring possible sources of funding to support specific research/surveillance projects, potentially offer scholarships/grants to Report Card working groups, and reduce or eliminate registration fees in the future. The AHKGA also supports funding by providing fundraising suggestions and by providing a theoretical framework to aid in the preparation of grant proposals, scholarships, and funding applications.

9. Quotes from previous Report Card Leaders

  • “Since I’m not a researcher myself and don’t have the background, it was a bit more difficult to create the two-page Report Card. I managed, thanks to the support of the AHKGA team and mentors. [. . .] The lack of academic background was a challenge for the participation and the contribution to the HDI grouping article, but it was also an opportunity to be part of the process and to understand it better.” – Bilyana Mileva (Bulgaria)
  • “Participation in the Global Matrix 2.0 has been a unique opportunity for the group in Colombia to contribute to the surveillance agenda in the country. Based on the 9 common indicators included in the Global Matrix, new indicators on physical activity for the National Survey of Nutrition in Colombia have been proposed and are being collected at the national level for the upcoming version of the survey.” – Silvia Gonzalez (Colombia)
  • “The Global Matrix 2.0 has been an incredible opportunity to collaborate with researchers and academics across Japan and from around the world. It has been a challenging and exciting experience that I hope will influence not only government policy but also how the public views physical activity in our children and adolescents.” – Chiaki Tanaka (Japan)
  • “[The Global Matrix provides a] strengthening of networks for research and practice at the regional level, as well as the identification of opportunities to work together with other countries to solve similar difficulties in the promotion of physical activity among children.” – Peter Katzmarzyk (United States)

Should you have any questions, please contact Iryna Demchenko (idemchenko@cheo.on.ca) and Evan Turner (eturner@cheo.on.ca).

We look forward to you joining us on the Global Matrix 4.0 adventure!

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