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Knowledge exchange in the Pacific : The TROPIC (translational research into obesity prevention policies for communities) project

Mavoa, Helen, Waqa, Gade, Moodie, Marj, Kremer, Peter, McCabe, Marita, Snowdon, Wendy and Swinburn, Boyd 2012, Knowledge exchange in the Pacific : The TROPIC (translational research into obesity prevention policies for communities) project, BMC public health, vol. 12, no. 1, Article no. 552, pp. 1-9.

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Title Knowledge exchange in the Pacific : The TROPIC (translational research into obesity prevention policies for communities) project
Author(s) Mavoa, Helen
Waqa, Gade
Moodie, MarjORCID iD for Moodie, Marj orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
McCabe, Marita
Snowdon, Wendy
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season Article no. 552
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) Policy
Pacific
Knowledge broker
Knowledge exchange
Obesity
Summary Background
Policies targeting obesogenic environments and behaviours are critical to counter rising obesity rates and lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Policies are likely to be most effective and enduring when they are based on the best available evidence. Evidence-informed policy making is especially challenging in countries with limited resources. The Pacific TROPIC (Translational Research for Obesity Prevention in Communities) project aims to implement and evaluate a tailored knowledge-brokering approach to evidence-informed policy making to address obesity in Fiji, a Pacific nation challenged by increasingly high rates of obesity and concomitant NCDs.
Methods
The TROPIC project draws on the concept of ‘knowledge exchange’ between policy developers (individuals; organisations) and researchers to deliver a knowledge broking programme that maps policy environments, conducts workshops on evidence-informed policy making, supports the development of evidence-informed policy briefs, and embeds evidence-informed policy making into organisational culture. Recruitment of government and nongovernment organisational representatives will be based on potential to: develop policies relevant to obesity, reach broad audiences, and commit to resourcing staff and building a culture that supports evidence-informed policy development. Workshops will increase awareness of both obesity and policy cycles, as well as develop participants’ skills in accessing, assessing and applying relevant evidence to policy briefs. The knowledge-broking team will then support participants to: 1) develop evidence-informed policy briefs that are both commensurate with national and organisational plans and also informed by evidence from the Pacific Obesity Prevention in Communities project and elsewhere; and 2) collaborate with participating organisations to embed evidence-informed policy making structures and processes. This knowledge broking initiative will be evaluated via data from semi-structured interviews, a validated self-assessment tool, process diaries and outputs.
Discussion
Public health interventions have rarely targeted evidence-informed policy making structures and processes to reduce obesity and NCDs. This study will empirically advance understanding of knowledge broking processes to extend evidence-informed policy making skills and develop a suite of national obesity-related policies that can potentially improve population health outcomes.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012 Mavoa et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd
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