What Really Works to Reduce Childhood Obesity? Stakeholders Want Evidence

Planning for the development of information systems for childhood obesity programs

Between September 2005 and December 2007, Public Health Informatics Institute staff conducted telephone interviews and met with diverse stakeholders involved with childhood obesity to learn about their needs for information.

Key Findings: According to the principal investigator, the project found the following:

  • There is an enormous demand and need for scientifically robust evidence about program effectiveness or "what works" to reduce childhood obesity.
  • The information stakeholders need depends on their funding sources and areas of focus.
  • Stakeholders want a clearinghouse where they can access information about childhood obesity and learn what others are doing.

The project also produced recommendations for next steps.