SOPARC Online App: System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities
SOPARC is a validated direct observation tool for assessing physical activity and associated people and environmental characteristics in park and recreation settings.
The SOPARC online application has been discontinued, but templates and counters for collecting this type of data can be requested from Terry Marsh.
User Guide to the SOPARC Online App
Though the online application has been discontinued, the full-text User Guide is still available online. Click on the links below to go to specific parts of the guide.
- Purpose, Rationale, and Procedures
- Validity and Reliability
- Park Mapping Guide
- Observation Preparation
- SOPARC Online App (A step-by-step guide)
- Recording Procedures for Walking Paths
- Timing of Observations
- Keywords and Coding Conventions
- Data Graphing and Exporting
- Bibliography and References
How to Obtain a Training DVD
The website activelivingresearch.org provides information about how to order a training DVD to practice direct, systematic observation of parks.