The European Commission-funded REPOPA project found practical ways to support policy makers in their use of research evidence in developing physical activity policies. A simulation policy game, locally tailored policy making interventions, indicators to assess policies’ evidence bases, and national internet platforms are all examples of the REPOPA products. REPOPA was not only an academic project; it also developed the findings into usable tools such as indicators for evidence-informed policy making.
REPOPA & The Bangkok Declaration
In November 2016 Thomas Skovgaard SDU, Denmark presented REPOPA at The 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (ISPAH) in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was hosted by several key organizations – among them the World Health Organization and the International Society for Physical Activity and Health.
REPOPA was among the invitees to the EC Cluster meeting, which was organized by Executive Agency of the European Commission (CHAFEA).
It showcased successful projects in the areas of nutrition and physical activity that can be carried out by policymakers, schools and community. For more information see the link.
REPOPA Coordinator Arja R Aro gives the REPOPA presentation in Budapest
Project REPOPA representatives participated actively in different sessions at the 9th European Public Health Conference from 9th to 12th November 2016 in Vienna, Austria.
The presentations attracted rather large and active audiences.
In a round table discussion on research ethics Arja R. Aro (SDU- Denmark) presented and discussed the lessons learnt in the REPOPA ethics clearance process; the title of the presentation was “Juggling with varying Ethical Clearance practices: experiences from a 7-country policy studies”.
Meet in Italy for Life Science 2016 was an opportunity to foster innovation by sharing knowledge andcreating networks. The event was organized in Rome (October 26-28). It is mainly a meeting place for companies, politicians and researchers who work in the field of life sciences in the territory of Regione Lazio.
Final Symposium of the REPOPA project, Brussels 9 September 2016
Researchers provide recommendations to policymakers to take health issues such as physical activity seriously and integrate it in everyday lives of people. This is more easily said than done! Policymakers juggle with numerous pressures, points of view and resources. Research evidence is not the primary driver of their work.
Recently published article: Maja B, Christina R, Natasa L, et al. Planning Locally Tailored Interventions on Evidence Informed Policy Making – Needs Assessment, Design and Methods. Health Syst Policy Res. 2016, 3:2.