REPOPA is a 5-year project within the EU research funded Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) that involves six European countries (Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, UK, Italy, Romania) and Canada as internal evaluator.
REPOPA is part of the programme on ‘Cooperation’, which supports research activities carried out by different research bodies in trans-national cooperation and aims to gain or consolidate leadership in key scientific and technology areas.
The objective of REPOPA is to study how best to base physical activity policy making on research evidence and at the same time take into account the realities of local, regional and national politics, resources and priorities.
The project consists of an initial mapping phase on how are policies developed now, followed by two parallel interventions on how policy making could be done: a) to increase cross-sector collaboration and b) how to include citizens into policy development. The project will conclude by developing and testing best policy making practices and tools.
This kind of research is multi-disciplinary relying on political science, social and behavioral science methods. It is based on the current health promotion approach, which is characterized by equal partnership and collaboration between academics, practitioners and policy makers.
The study has a strongly experimental part, that includes the use of methodologies like content analysis, interviews with policy makers, case-studies and qualitative analysis through different participatory methods.
The final phase of the project led to the development and validation at international level of a set of indicators for evidence-informed policy making by means of a Delphi study involving 76 researchers and policy makers from the 6 REPOPA European countries. These indicators were then contextualized and further validated by means of national conferences by means of SWOT analysis and their mapping to
– Valutare la necessità e l’uso dei dati della ricerca ;
– studiare le modalità con cui le evidenze della ricerca si combinano con altri tipi di evidenze nei processi di policy making delle politiche intersettoriale;
– esplorare modalità innovativie per tradurre le evidenze della ricerca nei processi di policy making;
– tradurre i risultati della ricerca in guidelines e raccomandazioni per la valorizzazione dell’uso di evidence nelle politiche in Europa;
– diffondere i risultati e le lezioni apprese per costruire strutture in grado di migliorare la sostenibilità nell’uso di evidenze nelle politiche;
– valutare i risultati, i processi, nonché l’impatto della ricerca in corso.
- Adriana Valente, Valentina Tudisca.
REPOPA led to the development and validation at international level of a set of indicators for evidence-informed policy making.