PEN symposium “Evaluating implementation of public policy for the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition:  Why, how and what should this involve” to take place as pre-conference event of EUPHA in Berlin, on Wed. 9 November, 9:00 – 12:30 CET (in Gamma 6-7, followed by network lunch).
The aim of this pre-conference is to share the learnings from the Policy Evaluation Network on examining public policy development, implementation and evaluation in food and physical activity and present strategies for improved policy evaluation. It will explore the tensions that exist in identifying policy ‘best buys’, the impact of different stakeholder perspectives’ on agreeing ‘best buys’, and the associated issues of implementation and monitoring for accountability at city and national levels.
Registration is required! Fee is € 75 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.
Below you find some information of the symposium programme. The full description and schedule is available at:
  1. Welcome/introduction (Dr. Marleen Bekker, Netherlands/ Prof. Catherine Woods, Ireland / Prof. Joanna Żukowska, Poland)
  2. Aims and Achievements of the European Policy Evaluation Network (Prof. Wolfgang Ahrens, Germany)
  3. Policies Influencing Food Environments in EU Member States – Assessment by the Food Environment Policy Index (EPI) (Dr. Janas Harrington, Ireland / Dr. Maartje Poelman, The Netherlands)
  4. Benchmarking of Policies and Infrastructure Support for Creating Physically Active Environments – Development and Implementation of a Novel Physical Activity EPI (Prof. Catherine Woods, Ireland / Dr. Sarah Forberger, Germany)
  5. Interactive Session: Discussing Barriers and Facilitators to Conducting Both Food and Physical Activity EPIs (Expanding the number of countries involved, tool dissemination, potential training etc.) 
  6. Better Data to Assess Policy Impact – Obtaining Harmonized Indicators of Diet- and Physical Activity-Behaviours and their Determinants by Pan-European Surveillance (Dr. Antje Hebestreit, Germany / Prof. Wolfgang Ahrens, Germany; Presentation followed by a plenary discussion on barriers and facilitators for including SIMPLE indicators into national surveillance systems)
  7. Plenary Discussion and Conclusion (Dr. Marleen Bekker / Prof. Joanna Żukowska, Poland / Prof. Wolfgang Ahrens; Feedback from the interactive sessions, next steps and future directions)