Overview of public reports from PEN

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The indirect economic dimension of impact evaluation (Deliverable 3.2.2)

  • The main objective of this PEN activity was to identify the potential mechanisms through which existing policies with different objectives, such as agricultural and trade policies, may indirectly affect nutritional and health outcomes and to assess the extent of these impacts. 

         Downloads: 1. PEN Deliverable 3.2.2

Methods for impact evaluation (Deliverable 3.1)

  • The focus of this Deliverable is on methods for the quantification of policy impacts in terms of efficacy and effectiveness. It responds to two key needs: (a) identifying the strengths, weaknesses and the main conditions required for a rigorous ex-ante evaluation of policy impacts through lab-field-natural experiments, especially in relation to capturing behavioural phenomena; and (b) reviewing the applicability and limitations of quasi-experimental econometric methods for the ex-post evaluation of policy impacts based on observational data not collected for evaluation purposes, and case studies.

         Downloads: 1. PEN Deliverable 3.1
The Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (PA-EPI)
  • Report: Policies for tackling inactivity and creating healthier physical activity environments in Ireland: PA-EPI 2022 – Report on the Irish Dissemination Event 2022
Following on from the official launch of the PEN PA-EPI in Brussels in 2022. This report was presented by researchers from the University of Limerick at a dissemination event on the 25th of August 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin. It provides information on the research underpinning the development of the PA-EPI as well as the results of the first study to utilise the PA-EPI for physical activity policy research. Also presented at the event was research, undertaken by public health scientists at University College Cork which investigated food policy in Ireland. This research was conducted the Food EPI tool which inspired the development of the PA-EPI. Present at the event were representatives from the Department of Health, the HSE, Sport Ireland as well as NGOs and other organisations concerned with the policy problem of physical inactivity.

Downloads: 1. Irish PA-EPI report

  • Report: The Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (PA-EPI): Netherlands

This document provides an overview of the extent to which the National government in the Netherlands has developed and implemented physical activity policies. It holds an important role in the PA-EPI process, being collaboratively compiled with Dutch government officials and serving as a tool for independent experts to rate Dutch physical activity policies. The document was launched in January 2024.

Downloads: 1. Dutch PA-EPI report

Information on the PEN PA-EPI tool can be found here

The PEN Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI)

  • Report: The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) -  European Union
    An overview of EU-level policies influencing food environments in EU Member States.
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