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The 2009 databank is much different situation today as a result of the following factors:

• In 1997, use of the Internet as we know it now didn't exist and all reports and studies were received in hard copy/paper form via courier from other researchers or organizations. As a result, the benefits were all individually summarized and printed in hard copy.

• In 2009, there are over 740 records from sources around the world -including benefits evidence from both academic and gray literature.

• There is a copyright table for each record showing the original source.

• The journals generally publish their research in the form of Abstracts … “Most journals give non-subscribers access to abstracts.” However, some abstracts do have copyright logos on them.

• Gray literature is addressed on an individual study basis.

The goal is to make all records and related material available for direct extraction by the user; the access to the benefit messages is via PDF files or the Internet. Due to the use of this leading technology, more robust, direct quotes from the research material has been made available to readers in order to ensure ARPA has pursued full disclosure and communications with research sources to ensure respect for copyright laws.

NOTE: Copyright of this online Benefit DataBank (2009) is held by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association through their ACE Communities initiative (in trust for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association). The research and writing team led by RETHINK (West) Inc. and the technical team led by Trendspire (Canada) Inc. served ARPA/ACE Communities as arms length staff and as such do not hold any ownership to the rights of the Benefits DataBank (2009).


ARPA/ACE Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

General Conditions
This website provides information on recreation and parks for the general public, external stakeholders, and practitioners in the field. This site does not provide any personal or professional service. You should seek the advice of a relevant competent professional before using information contained within any of the materials.

You may only use Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (herein referred to as “ARPA”) materials, services or programs for lawful purposes that do not infringe the legal or moral rights of other users. You will not restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the materials by others. This restriction includes unlawful activity, harassment, defamation, causing distress or offence and interruption or attempted interruption of service.

The provisions in this agreement applicable to ARPA may also be asserted by ARPA shareholders, directors, authors, licensees, licensors, agents, sponsors, employees, reviewers, moderators, contributors, and other associated third parties. It is their sole choice as to whether they choose to assert these provisions.

The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice. The information is provided by ARPA, and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements. In no event will ARPA be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Neither ARPA nor any third parties provides any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness, or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of ARPA. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. ARPA has no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, ARPA takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Intellectual Property
Copyright, Permissions, and Trademarks

This website contains material which is owned by or licensed by ARPA. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
All material referenced from this site must be identified as being derived from ARPA. Unauthorized use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
License of Contributed Intellectual Property
You agree to grant ARPA perpetual license for any materials and other information you directly post or communicate to ARPA and its associated services. This includes rights to sublicense, reproduce, distribute, transmit, derive new works from, publicly display and publicly perform these materials. These materials, and the ideas they contain, may be used (without limitation) for new or improved products or services. This license is applicable to all means and in any media now in existence or later developed.

You agree that you have no recourse or claim against ARPA for any alleged or actual infringement of any intellectual property rights in your communications with ARPA (via all forms of social media and personal communication, including but not limited to forums, blogs, and email).

Privacy Policy
ARPA is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If you are prompted to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
ARPA may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are satisfied with any changes. This policy is effective from 28 July 2009 in perpetuity, or until otherwise indicated.
What Information Is Collected
We may collect the following information:
· Name, company, and job title
· contact information including email address
· demographic information such preferences and interests
· other information relevant to user surveys
How Collected Information Is Used
ARPA requires this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following purposes:
· ARPA may use the information for internal record keeping
· ARPA may use the information to improve our products and services
· ARPA may periodically send information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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ARPA uses traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. ARPA only uses this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

· whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct communicative purposes
· if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct communicative purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing ARPA at . We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

Links to other websites
This website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave this site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, ARPA cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. 

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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