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Community-Based Programmes methodology assessment: tools and results

One of the 2 objectives of the OPEN project is to assess the methodology of community-based programmes (CBPs) acting for the prevention of childhood obesity.


Complementary to the use of the WHO Good practice appraisal tool, the OPEN tool, comprised of an interview guide and an analysis grid, was developed with VUA University, Amsterdam.

The WHO Good practice appraisal tool (click on the blue link to download this tool) was used to describe single interventions happening in the framework of community-based programmes.

The OPEN tool was used to assess the structure of the community-based programmes. The OPEN tool interview guide and scoring grid were developed based on the EPODE methodology 4 pillars:

  • Political support: gaining political commitment at central and local levels from the leaders of key organisations, to influence policies.
  • Public-private partnership: securing sufficient resources to fund central and local support services, implementation and evaluation in the long run.
  • Support services: planning, coordination and providing the social marketing and communication support services for community stakeholders and leaders.
  • Evidence and evaluation: using evidence from a wide variety of process, impact and outcomes of the programme sources to inform the delivery of the programme and to evaluate.

The guide OPEN ITV GUIDE and the grid OPEN Tool Analysis Grid (click on the blue links to download them) were used to assess each CBP needs during the 1st year of the OPEN project, to set specific improvement objectives and to assess the reaching of these objectives after 2 years (during the 3rd year of the OPEN porject).

The 13 CBPs involved in the OPEN project have improved their methodology after 2 years.

Average CBP score at initial appraisal, using the OPEN tool: 14,61

Average CBP score at final appraisal, using the OPEN tool: 25,23

Difference in %: +73%