Purpose of WA NOPRN • Establish a network of academic, public health, agriculture, and community stakeholders to plan and conduct research that will inform the policy activities of state and local nutrition and obesity prevention programs. • Study the process of policy development, enactment and implementation.
National NOPRN Activities • Identify relevant policies • Describe the process of developing and implementing policies • Analyze adopted policy content and intent • Determine and evaluate policy outcomes • Create model policies
C B A C Problem Stream No policy adoption Policy Stream 3 B 1 2 Politics Stream Scenario 1: No Coupling of Streams or Window Closed > Policy Proposal Not Adopted 2 Problem Stream Policy Adoption Policy Stream 2 Politics Stream Scenario 2: Coupling of Streams and Window of Opportunity Open > Policy Proposal Adopted Figure 2: Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Model
WA NOPRN Structure • Management Team • Leadership Team • Ad hoc research teams around specific projects.
WA State Management Team • Donna Johnson • Allen Cheadle • Mary Podrabsky
Purpose of Leadership Team • Generate innovative policy research ideas • Ensure that research projects address inequalities and underlying determinants of lack of access to healthy foods • Prioritize proposed research projects to ensure their utility to communities and organizations • Provide input on the feasibility of conducting proposed research projects.
Leadership Team: UW • Branden Born • Allen Cheadle • Mark Doescher • Anne Vernez Moudon • Jeff Harris • Brian Saelens • Pablo Monsivias • Patricia Lichiello
Leadership Team: Public Health & Agriculture • Deborah Allen • Kirsten Frandsen • Tricia Sexton Kovacs • Erin MacDougall • Donna Oberg • Marilyn Sitaker
Leadership Team: Advocates • Vic Colman, WA Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition • Linda Stone, Children’s Alliance • Claire Lane, WithinReach
Convening WA NOPRN: From Grant • The UW NOPRN Leadership Team will meet at least four times a year as a group. • update on national and local NOPRN activities and progress; • presentation by one of the leadership team members about their organization and policy research projects or opportunities at the organization; • general updates about nutrition and obesity policy initiatives in the state and nationally. • Twice a year the WA NOPRN will have a meeting in conjunction with a visiting scholar or UW lecture/workshop
Evaluation • Annual survey of network members • Satisfaction with roles & key accomplishments • Benefits from membership • Changes that could be made • Comprehensive matrix of network activities • Description of the activity, accomplishments to date, network members involved, and next steps. • Informal social network analysis
National NOPRN • Research network of PRCs with funding from DNPAO; support from NCI & others • “Foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies related to preventing childhood obesity through improving access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages in schools, childcare, worksite and community settings.”
National NOPRN • Meetings • Twice a year in person • Monthly phone calls • Members • Core centers: Harvard, Texas A&M, Tulane, NYU, UW • Affiliate centers: other PRCs • Collaborative members: universities without PRCs
QUESTIONS • Best ways to make meetings useful, productive, worth coming to • Top opportunities and priorities for policy research in Washington State