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Four different committees

Within the EEN, a specific committee is currently studying each main pillar of the EPODE methodology, and a scientific expert from one of the 4 European universities chairs each committee.


The committee for the "Involvement of political representatives" is responsible for the development and the dissemination of guidelines regarding the necessary political involvement in the support of local, long-term and multi-stakeholders approaches in the field of obesity and non-communicable diseases prevention.

The committee working on "Scientific evaluation and dissemination" is responsible for the inventory and analysis of existing initiatives, and especially creating a new evaluation scheme for EPODE-like CBIs.

The committee working on "Methods and social marketing" is responsible for the development and dissemination of guidelines regarding the interest of network expertise and social marketing techniques applied to childhood obesity prevention, like within the EPODE programme. It is also in charge of defining the profile of the operational structure necessary for the implementation and management of an EPODE-like CBI network, including a central coordination and local project management.

The committee working on "Public/Private Partnership" is responsible for the development and dissemination of guidelines regarding the interest and possible framework of Public/Private Partnership (PPP) in the field of obesity prevention CBIs, including ethical, legal and economical aspects.

Each university team follows the agreed work plan throughout the year, in collaboration with the EEN coordinating team. The university team is composed (at a minimum) of a scientific expert and a scientific post doctorate. Each work plan is structured around the following key activities:

  • Bringing together the different programme teams directly concerned with EPODE throughout the world (EPODE, THAO, VIASANO, PAIDEIATROFI...).

  • List and evaluate the actions undertaken and/or planned in the field in Europe, and throughout the world, in cooperation with existing networks, and institutions (IOTF, WHO, European Commission...)

  • Conduct qualitative surveys to conceptualise the keys for the success and barriers (of the EPODE methodology)

  • Identify countries or institutions expressing a motivation towards the implementation of CBI programmes using EPODE methodology; Facilitate experience-sharing between these teams

  • Publish and disseminate findings so as to raise the awareness of political, and institutional representatives, experts, private stakeholders etc.

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How it works?


For each of the four pillars or work packages: Political involvement, Scientific evaluation, Methods and Social Marketing and Public / private partnership, the work in progress will be discussed within its corresponding committee (once to twice a year).

The university team is responsible for the development of background papers, position papers and other related preparatory research activities based on literature reviews, interviews etc. and is in regular contact with the EEN coordinating team to share information, ensure consistency with overall activities and objectives.