Methodology of the HEPCOM Project

Phase 1: Needs analysis (from February 2013)

It is essential to get a comprehensive insight in the needs and challenges experienced by local communities and schools in relation to health promotion aimed at children and young people. A needs analysis will be carried out to ensure that the development of the platform is in line with the real and expressed needs of local communities.
The needs analysis and the recently published EU-wide overview of community-based initiatives to reduce childhood obesity (Bemelmans et al, RIVM, 2011) will be used to conduct a GAP analysis showing any missing links between what has already been developed and what is needed and identifying any missing tools.

Phase 2: Development (from November 2013)

Based on the preparation phase, a web-based HEPCOM learning platform will be designed, developed and launched for testing. The main criteria for the platform are expressed in two ways:
> Equal access to good practice tools from all former and existing Public Health Programme projects with a local community focus.
> Equal access to learning for all local communities in Europe, with a specific focus on those defined as deprived areas.
The main criteria for presenting good practice tools on the website will be the ones developed within Public Health Programme and other European projects. Local communities and schools may use these criteria at local level to plan, implement and evaluate health promoting interventions aimed at children and young people.

Phase 3: Piloting (from April 2014)

In order to ensure the relevance, usability and sustainability of the platform, 45 local community pilots will be carried out around Europe. During the piloting phase, specific health promoting activities and interventions will be implemented in 15 countries. The partners will coach and train local communities and schools to use the platform and the good practice tools.
The pilots will be evaluated and feedback from the local professionals will be gathered to fine tune the platform and provide practical instructions and good practice examples on how to use the platform and the tools to increase the quality and impact of local community interventions.

Phase 4: Finalisation and launching (from September 2015)

The final version of the HEPCOM learning platform will be launched at national seminars in the countries where the pilot projects have taken place and at a concluding European conference. It will then be available for future use by stakeholders in local communities and coordinators of Public Health Programme and other relevant European projects.