The development of a network for community-based obesity prevention: the CO-OPS Collaboration
1 World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
2 British Heart Foundation Research Group, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
3 The McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
4 Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BMC Public Health 2011, 11:132 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-132Published: 24 February 2011
Community-based interventions are a promising approach and an important component of a comprehensive response to obesity. In this paper we describe the Collaboration of
Key activities of the collaboration to date have included the development of a set of Best Practice Principles and knowledge translation and exchange activities to promote the application (or use) of evidence, evaluation and analysis in practice.
The establishment of the CO-OPS Collaboration is a significant step toward strengthening action in this area, by bringing together research, practice and policy expertise to promote best practice, high quality evaluation and knowledge translation and exchange. Future development of the network should include facilitation of further evidence generation and translation drawing from process, impact and outcome evaluation of existing community-based interventions.
The lessons presented in this paper may help other networks like CO-OPS as they emerge around the globe. It is important that networks integrate with each other and share the experience of creating these networks.