The EIN has created an independent scientific advisory board. This Scientific Advisory Board with internationally recognised experts and a scientific leader from each EIN programmes member constitutes the EIN Scientific Platform.
The scientific platform will build on the EPODE EUROPEAN NETWORK (EEN) research that recommends the creation of an evaluation tool that can be adapted to each context and level of intervention as an essential component for all community-based interventions. The focus will be not only on the results of programmes but also on the processes they involve. This is essential to help identify components that may need refinement or that are crucial to the effectiveness and sustainability of the programmes.
The EIN scientific platform aims to:
- Provide the opportunity to discuss and put forth a critical view on existing methods for scientific guidance in the implementation and evaluation of CBPs.
- Associate a core of international experts with the scientific representative of each EIN member programme in order to exchange knowledge, experience and best practices for programmes’ improvement.
- Reinforce the dialogue between the scientific experts, policy makers, institutions, political representatives, the private sector and the civil society.
PRIVILEGES OF THE SCIENTIFIC PLATFORM MEMBERS
1) EIN facilitates scientific knowledge sharing and dissemination (recommendations and guidelines) in order to help build evidence-based evaluation frameworks and develop specific intervention objectives (e.g. towards priority groups: deprived population, early childhood)
2) EIN facilitates “face-to-face” interactions between scientific representatives of EIN member programmes through:
- Invitations to:
- EIN Regional Meetings (Europe, Asia Pacific, Pan-America, Africa)
- 1st GLOBAL OBESITY FORUM – 27th to 29th of June, 2012, New York
- 2 day dedicated to EIN global Platforms meeting - 27-28 June, 2012, New York
- 1 day open to public - GLOBAL OBESITY FORUM – 29th of June 2012, New York
3) EIN Scientific platform helps to extend the visibility of the on-going researches in obesity prevention within the academia, institutional organizations, political community and private sector, but also:
a. Facilitate links with the field (providing direct support and guidance for the implementation of CBPs nationally and locally)
b. Facilitate and contributing to the dissemination and publication of methods and scientific findings (reports, papers) and stimulating the Member Programmes to publish
c. Facilitate the collaboration between international scientific teams which focus on obesity prevention (for the development of common protocols and sub-researches)
d. Facilitate links between academia, the Public and Private Sectors, and the civil society
RESPONSABILITIES OF THE SCIENTIFIC PLATFORM'S MEMBERS
- Adhesion to the EIN Philosophy and basic principles
- Active participation in the Network, attending in at least at one of the two EIN Platform Meetings, either during Regional Platform Meetings and/or during the Global Annual Meeting and GLOBAL OBESITY FORUM
- Knowledge and best practices Sharing