Rural Active Living Assessment Tools

The Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools assess the physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, community programs, and policies that can affect physical activity among residents in rural communities. This tool is suitable for both practitioners and researchers. The tools include a RALA Codebook that provides users with a practical and simple guide for implementing the tool in rural communities across the U.S.

The RALA tools include three separate components:

  1. Town-Wide (18 town characteristic questions, and inventory of 15 recreational amenities),
  2. Program and Policy (20 questions), and
  3. Street Segment (28 questions) Assessments.

These three assessment instruments are designed to be used together and provide a comprehensive measure addressing many of the unique factors believed to be important to active living in rural communities.

Find out more about the Rural Living Assessment Tools including the full Webinar on Active Living in Rural Communities: Measuring Rural Environments for Physical Activity, RALA Codebook, and RALA Assessment Tools on their website: