Research Institute on Population and Social Policies


REPOPA - REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity

REPOPA (REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity) is a 5-year project funded by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Program (FP7), which takes place in six European countries (Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Romania) and Canada with the aim of studying the relationship between scientific results and decision-making processes in the field of physical activity. Recommendations and policies to promote physical activity have been developed in various countries and also at the EU level. It is recognized that physical activity does not depend only on individual factors and interventions in the health sector, but also on policies activated in other sectors, as well as on social, cultural and environmental factors. Consequently, the research is multi-disciplinary and is based on the 'health promotion", aimed at fostering collaboration between researchers, experts and politicians and at integrating knowledge, priorities and values.

The project starts an initial phase of mapping some national and local case studies and ends with the identification of good practices and the definition of guidelines, according to participatory methodologies, with representatives of politics, research, various professional fields, and with citizens and townspeople.

The study has a strong operational and experimental component, using, as methodologies, the analysis of the contents of documents, interviews with public decision makers and experts, analysis of case studies and qualitative surveys, which include various participatory methodologies (including the Delphi Policy).

The National Research Council is the leader of WP 4 and participates in most of the other WPs, through two different institutes: IRPPS (Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies) and IFC (Institute of Clinical Physiology).

Coordinator of the Repopa International project is Prof. Arja Aro of Syddansk Universitet. Coordinator of the Italian research group (which includes IRPPS and IFC) is Dr. Adriana Valente of the IRPPS-CNR.


WP 1 Role of evidence in policy-making (Oct 2011-Jun 2013)

WP 2 Research into policy making - game simulation (Jan 2013-Jul 2015)

WP 3 Stewardship approach for efficient evidence utilization (Jan 2013-Jul 2015)

WP 4 Implementation and guidance development (Feb 2015-Jul 2016)

WP 5 Evaluation (Dec 2011-Oct 2016)

WP 6 Dissemination (Dec 2011-Oct 2016)

WP 7 Coordination and Management (Oct 2011-Oct 2016)

IRPPS: Tommaso Castellani, Antonio Tintori
IFC: Liliana Cori, Fabrizio Bianchi