SPHERU Stories

Inaction is also a decision

A reflection by Dr. Dan Fuller.

Dr. Dan Fuller’s research examines the best ways to design and build cities and towns that equitably increase physical activity for the entire population.

The risk of not doing this research is that decisions are not based on evidence.

We understand the implications of this in terms of people’s health and ability to participate in society.

At the same time, we have to recognize that not changing is a form of a decision.

Inaction in the face of evidence is also a decision. Research can help to motivate positive change by illuminating need and potential action. When we are holding research that shows the potential of change, positive change, our hope is that it will be used.

Change is hard.

As individuals and as a society, I think we need to embrace evidence and embrace change. To address our great challenges, we must change—evidence can make that change easier

Learn more about Dr. Fuller’s work with the MUSE Collaboratory.

MUSE (Multisectoral Urban Systems for health and Equity in Canadian cities) is a pan-Canadian program of research and knowledge sharing that focuses on how public health organizations, municipalities, and other organizations establish partnerships to improve the health of populations living in urban areas. 

MUSE projects aim to understand how multisectoral partnerships (MPs) impact programs, actions, and policies. Particular issues of interest include active transportation and leisure infrastructure, food environments, and housing. These factors allow for safe active living, healthy eating, and affordable housing.