Obesity Policy: How is Obesity policy formulated and implemented locally, why and to what success

Yorkshire & HumberMetabolic and Endocrine
Start Date: 1 Oct 2010

Project summary

The study is an evaluation of an existing integrated modelling framework for type 2 diabetes prevention. The purpose of the model was to produce results to inform local commissioners and national policy makers both on effective / cost­effective intervention strategies where evidence is strong enough, and on research gaps and priorities for applied public health research where evidence is limited and resolving uncertainties in the evidence could affect public health substantially. The modelling work was conducted at the School of Health and Related Research within the Public Health Section, at the University of Sheffield. 

Aim of the study

To investigate in depth the acceptability, utility and likely adoption of an integrated modelling framework for type 2 diabetes prevention.


The literature shows that only limited research has so far investigated the implementation of economic decision aids into real world public health contexts. Consequently, the proposed study aims to investigate in depth, through a series of interviews and 'observations' of meetings and similar events at Doncaster Council, the utility, adaptability, and likely adoption of the model by key stakeholders. We propose to examining ways of making the model more 'user friendly' so that it can be incorporated into local level decision­making, and explore the usefulness of drawing on relevant implementation and knowledge translation frameworks to identify factors that might facilitate and constrain this process. As part of the evaluation we will consider the 'model/tool' as an 'innovation' and therefore draw on current conceptual and theoretical frameworks on the diffusion of innovations to inform the investigation? One framework, which we will use to inform the evaluation is 'Normalisation Process Theory' that attempts to identify the issues which affect the adoption and implementation of new innovations within organisations.

Prof Elizabeth Goyder