Obesity prevention programs demand high-quality evaluations

Swinburn, Boyd, Bell, Colin, King, Lesley, Magarey, Anthea, O`Brien, Kerry and Waters, Elizabeth 2007, Obesity prevention programs demand high-quality evaluations, Australian and new zealand journal of public health, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 305-307, doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00075.x.

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Title Obesity prevention programs demand high-quality evaluations
Author(s) Swinburn, Boyd
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin orcid.org/0000-0003-2731-9858
King, Lesley
Magarey, Anthea
O`Brien, Kerry
Waters, Elizabeth
Journal name Australian and new zealand journal of public health
Volume number 31
Issue number 4
Start page 305
End page 307
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) obesity prevention
program evaluation
health promotion
Summary Obesity prevention programs are at last underway or being planned in Australia and New Zealand. However, it is imperative that they are well-evaluated so that they can contribute to continuous program improvement and add much-needed evidence to the international literature on what works and does not work to prevent obesity. Three critical components of program evaluation are especially at risk when the funding comes from service delivery rather than research sources. These are: the need for comparison groups; the need for measured height and weight; and the need for sufficient process and context information. There is an important opportunity to build collaborative mechanisms across community-based obesity prevention sites to enhance the program and evaluation quality and to accelerate knowledge translation into practice and policy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00075.x
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Public Health Association of Australia and the Authors
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