Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”

The aim of the call is to establish a multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.

The Policy Evaluation Network should make use of the achievements of the DEDIPAC KH, especially Thematic Area 3 and combine it with other existing tools and frameworks (e.g. INFORMAS) to develop a consistent and sustainable approach for the evaluation and benchmarking of existing policies. The focus should be put on the comprehensive application of this newly developed standardized approach for policy evaluation. Although the network activities are supposed to build on the results of the DEDIPAC KH, the Policy Evaluation Network is explicitly not meant as a direct continuation of the DEDIPAC KH.

For the purpose of this call, policies are defined as decisions, plans, and actions that are implemented by national or regional governments to achieve specific health care goals within a society. The policies to be evaluated include:

  • Policies that directly affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior.
  • Policies that indirectly affect the aforementioned health behaviors, for example from the field of transportation, agriculture or environment/sustainability.
  • Policies addressing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are excluded from this call.

More information about JFA PEN can be found here:

Programme coordinator in NCBR:
Kinga Szymańska-Rzeźnik
Department of International Cooperation
t: +48 22 39 07 457
m: + 48 505 673 613

Call Secretariat:
Dr. Kristina Foterek and Dr. Svenja Finck
Joint Call Secretariat at the DLR Project Management Agency
Phone: +49 - 228 3821-1161, -1877