The WHO Policy Audit Tool (PAT) as an instrument to monitor policy development within and across countries
PHE ePoster Library. Milton K. Sep 12, 2017; 186595; 27
Dr. Karen Milton
Dr. Karen Milton
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Abstract Introduction: The first ever Physical Activity Strategy for the WHO European Region was launched in 2015, which provides clear guidance to countries on the recommended actions for promoting physical activity. The Policy Audit Tool (PAT), developed through a HEPA Europe working group and published by the World Health Organization (WHO), provides a template for collecting national data on the actions underway to promote physical activity and provides a benchmarking and monitoring tool for assessing progress towards a comprehensive national approach. Methods: To date the PAT has been completed by 14 European countries, with two countries having updated a previous version of the tool. Results: This presentation will highlight the physical activity policy context in Europe, based on data collected through the PAT. In addition, we will reflect on the usefulness of repeated completion of the PAT among those countries which are the first to trial the use of this tool for monitoring progress over time. Furthermore we will present the new PAT dissemination tool - a short advocacy document which summarises the comprehensive data collected by the PAT as a new resource for influencing policy at the national level. Conclusions: HEPA Europe has been instrumental as a think-tank for advancing physical activity policy development and monitoring in the region. The PAT provides a useful stock take on the existing physical activity policy context of countries. The new dissemination tool will facilitate wide communication of the results to policymakers, supporting advocacy efforts and increasing the potential for influencing future policy and practice. External funding details Erasmus+ European Union Programme
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