The aim of the call is to establish a multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.

The Policy Evaluation Network should make use of the achievements of the DEDIPAC KH, especially Thematic Area 3 and combine it with other existing tools and frameworks (e.g. INFORMAS) to develop a consistent and sustainable approach for the evaluation and benchmarking of existing policies. The focus should be put on the comprehensive application of this newly developed standardized approach for policy evaluation. Although the network activities are supposed to build on the results of the DEDIPAC KH, the Policy Evaluation Network is explicitly not meant as a direct continuation of the DEDIPAC KH.

For the purpose of this call, policies are defined as decisions, plans, and actions that are implemented by national or regional governments to achieve specific health care goals within a society. The policies to be evaluated include:

  • Policies that directly affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior.
  • Policies that indirectly affect the aforementioned health behaviors, for example from the field of transportation, agriculture or environment/sustainability.

Policies addressing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are excluded from this call.

The Policy Evaluation Network will be implemented in a three-step procedure. Following the electronic submission of the Expression of Interest (EoI) letters and the national eligibility check (step one) the suggested members of the network will be selected by an external international scientific evaluation committee (SEC). The successful researchers and research groups will be invited to a Network Meeting where they can start working on the design, development and writing of one joint proposal (step two). The network proposal will then be evaluated by the SEC (step three).

In total, 54 eligible Expression of Interest letters (EoI) have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”. After the evaluation by the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC), 28 research groups were selected to elaborate a joint network proposal.

To facilitate the working process, all selected research groups were invited to a network meeting in Bonn on Jun-13th to get in touch with each other, elect the network coordinator and start the discussion on the potential structure of the network and the joint proposal. The final funding decision is expected by the end of 2017.

 

Time schedule:

 

When

What

28th of February 2017

Publication of the Call

31st of March 2017 (14:00 UTC)

Submission deadline for EoI letters

11th/12th of May 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for evaluation of EoIs

19th of May 2017

Communication of EoI selection + Invitation to Network Meeting

13th of June 2017

Network Meeting

15th of September 2017

Submission deadline for network proposal

October 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for proposal evaluation

End of October 2017

Communication of funding decisions

 

For further information, please refer to the Call Document.