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A 'lived experience of food environments' international decisionmakers panel on enhancing policy impact

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June 7, 2021

This Session Brief stems from the critical need to enhance the policy impact of the (primarily qualitative) evidence of people's ‘lived experience of food environments.’ In order for policies and related actions to radically improve such food environments, the Community of Practice on the Lived Experience of Food Environments (CoP) along with the Environmental Policy group of Wageningen University and the UNESCO Chair of World Food Systems have assembled this international decision makers panel: Enhancing policy impact through improved research evidence translation and communication.

Science for impact

This research brief on 'science for impact' is based on a plenary discussion with policymakers and the specific body of evidence relating to qualitative research on understanding the lived experiences of food environments. This ‘session brief’ outlines key lessons learned from our recent CoP international decisionmakers panel on enhancing policy impact through improved research evidence translation and communication. It captures some interesting points on how to strengthen the relation between science and policy.

Below is a visual summary of the 3 key questions guiding the interactive discussions with policy makers.

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An introduction from the brief

"To enhance the policy impact of such (primarily qualitative) evidence, an international ‘Community of Practice on the Lived Experience of Food Environments’ (CoP) was established by the Centre for Food Policy (City, University of London) in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems (Montpellier, France). In February 2021, an online session was convened by the CoP and the Environmental Policy Group (Wageningen University) with an international panel of policymakers and a group of like-minded academics and practitioners, to consider approaches to better translate and communicate such evidence to policymakers and in so doing, how best to increase the chances of our desired impact/s."

(Spires et al., 2021)

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A ‘lived experience of food environments’ international decisionmakers panel: Enhancing policy impact through improved research evidence translation and communication

by Mark Spires , Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Michelle Holdsworth, and Corinna Hawkes

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Spires, M; Wertheim-Heck, S; Holdsworth, M; Hawkes, C. (2021) Session Brief – A lived experience of food environments international decisionmakers panel: Enhancing policy impact through improved evidence translation and communication. London: Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London.