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Scientific Evaluation and Dissemination



Kick-off meeting, December 08, Paris

This committee aims at:

  • Producing and disseminating concrete guidelines for the scientific evaluation of EPODE-like CBIs and the dissemination of the approach, through:

    • Definition of "EPODE-like" CBIs

    • Selection and description of existing EPODE-like CBIs: documentary search and interviews of relevant stakeholders

    • Critical analysis of existing evaluation schemes including:

      • Creation of a generic CBI evaluation scheme

      • Concrete key elements to lead an evaluation process during a childhood obesity prevention CBI

      • Relationship to be built between scientific experts and political representatives on the one hand, and between scientific experts and public/private partners on the other hand

      • Key elements to disseminate evaluation results and raise awareness

  • Publishing the guidelines

  • Disseminating the guidelines and results of the work group

  • Contribute to the improvement of the monitoring and evaluation process of EPODE-like initiatives

  • Ensuring understanding and awareness of key opinion leaders in each country, about the benefits of the implementation of EPODE like programmes


  • Chair: Prof. Jaap Seidell / Dr Tommy Visscher (co-chairmen) assisted by Dr Marije van Koperen - Free University (Amsterdam)

  • Permanent members: coordination team representatives, one representative per EPODE/THAO/VIASANO scientific committees, a DG SANCO representative, EASO representative, representatives of the other committees, qualified experts in the field (nutrition, physical activity, social sciences...)

  • Invited experts, possessing specific experience in this field and giving punctual advice on topics previously defined by the permanent members.

The university team works throughout the year in collaboration with the coordinating team and once to twice a year, the committee members gather within a meeting (5 meetings over the 3 years).

Main questions

Childhood obesity is a major challenge for the European population. CBIs (Community based interventions) are part of the answer based on proximity and lifestyle change by creating a favourable local environment and a strategy leading to behaviour change. A lot of unanswered questions still need to be addressed.

This committee is in charge of inventorying and analyzing existing initiatives, and especially creating a new evaluation scheme for EPODE-like CBIs.

A focus is made on the following topics:

  • How to evaluate a community-based intervention initiative, with no control town?

  • Most adequate method to measure children weight/height in order to assess BMI: how to prevent any stigmatization during the process, how to convince parents?

  • Evaluation design within the whole project management approach: criteria and indicators responding to specific project objectives

  • The choice of a multidisciplinary evaluation (clinical, sociological, psychological, historical...)?

  • What kind of scientific expertise to guide the evaluation process (competences, structure...)?

  • What kind of structure to lead the evaluation implementation?

  • Which tools to implement the evaluation?

  • How to disseminate the results (publications, participation to events and congresses...)

  • Additional topics that come up during the working period

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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.