This year 10th European Public Health Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden from 1 - 4 November 2017. The theme for the Conference was ‘Sustaining resilient and healthy communities’.
Our Danish research team has recently published in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. The article "Use of research evidence in policymaking in three Danish municipalities" analyses the use of research evidence (RE) in three policy processes, at the local level, dealing with physical activity. We analysed an extensive number of policy documents and a total of 14 interviews with policymakers. Results show an unsystematic way of using RE, where demographic and statistical data as well as expert consultation were mostly used.
REPOPA project was presented in an editorial recently published by Petru Sandu (UBB, Romania) in the Journal Palestrica of the 3rd Millenium. The editorial presents the importance of evidence-use in Romanian physical activity policies and how this desiderate could be achieved. Access to the editorial here.
A new article was published as part of REPOPA, WP 2 - Policy Games. The article is open-access in Health Research Policy and Systems. The aim of this study was to analyse and compare the stakeholder networks in local health enhancing physical activity (HEPA) policymaking in three European country cases in the Netherlands, Denmark and Romania. The main objectives were to unravel the stakeholder network in the policy process by conducting three systems analyses, and to increase insight into the similarities and differences in the policy processes of these European country cases.
This issue (Issue 17)’s special theme is the REPOPA project as REPOPA was one of the few research projects not only studying policymaking; it also worked together with “real-life”-policymakers. And used locally relevant and applicable interventions to develop policies so that research knowledge could be taken into account. As a flagship project in the field REPOPA has often been mentioned as a good example of this kind of applied research with direct societal impact.
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