Title DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO CITY LEVEL PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNING & INVESTMENT IN EUROPE- DECiPHer
Project Number UK/08/LLP-LDV/TOI/163_140
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Over one third of the burden of disease in Europe can be traced to five population level risk factors (smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity and alcohol). These were the primary risk factors for cardio-vascular disease (CVD) which are largely the product of peoples’ lifestyle.
The ‘New Public Health’ agenda in Europe acknowledges the key role of Cities in promoting the health of their populations. At present evidence about the impact of different types of distal (‘upstream’) investments in a City on risk levels within a population are fragmented and difficult to interpret.
Aim: to systematically inform city policy makers & decision takers of the relative cost-effectiveness of different types of investments by municipalities and their partners in shaping the lifestyle of the community (proximal determinants) and thus reducing the level and burden of disease.
Objective 1, to enhance and transfer to European cities an innovative modelling tool, designed to predict the impact of population level risk reduction on the cost of acute CHD related hospital admissions and death rates over a five-year period. The enhanced model will be used to assess the impact of City level investments in six domains (of housing, economy, environment, education, security and health) on lifestyle issues and subsequently on risk level and the burden of disease.
Objective 2, To jointly develop with partners and transfer an innovative Vocational and Educational Training (VET) Programme, designed for professionals, technicians and politicians in each domain public, to facilitate the use of the risk assessment tool in the decision making process in City policy planning and investment decisions.
The target addressed groups in the short-term were planners and decision makers in municipal city authorities, in participating cities throughout Europe. Planners and decision makers in urban and rural administrations, throughout Europe and the world, were charged with developing strategic plans for their regions that maximise the quality of life and wellbeing of the local population. A key responsibility is ensuring that regional infrastructure protects, promotes and facilitates healthy lifestyles.
The aim of this project was to: to draw relevant evidence of the cost-effectiveness of distal public health interventions together in a coherent, holistic, systemic framework and create a dynamic, interactive tool that will both allow target beneficiaries to be able to access cost-effectiveness evidence easily and be able to model current and future investment scenarios to ensure that investment is evidence based and ensures maximum return
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
Product information Within this VET programme it was envisaged that a range of approaches will be utilised with a bias towards experiential and problem-based learning.The impact of the the VET programme on target users was measured utilising the Kirkpatrick four level model for the evaluation of training programmes. This included, qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate; leaner reactions, learning, application and impact (in the workplace). The impact assessment inolved Behnchmarking policy and investment scenarios against evidence at start and after the programme utilising the cost-effectivenss tool.