What need to be done to develop a physical activity and sport monitoring system at EU level?
- Cooperation between EU Member-States, European Commission, WHO, and international and national stakeholders – developing an EU-wide physical activity and sport monitoring system implies the development of a transnational cooperation network between public and private organizations from different governance levels, working collaboratively to achieve similar objectives.
- Common framework development and validation of measurement instruments in different EU Member-States – an EU monitoring system requires the development of a common framework including multiple validated measurement tools to assess sedentary behavior, PA and sport participation across the EU MS, using nationally representative samples.
- Development of specific software tools to process data analysis – an EU monitoring system should develop a specific custom-made software to analyze the data collected. This tool should be available to all EU MS and other stakeholders using the approved framework.
- Deepen the analysis of sedentary behavior patterns, physical activity levels and sport participation of the European citizens – the monitoring system advances stakeholders' knowledge on citizens' sedentary behavior, PA and sport prevalence data, supporting more comprehensive analysis and reliable comparisons, promoting the development of adjusted HEPA and sport policies and actions.
- Toolkit development to build and improve stakeholders capacity – producing a customized toolkit in order to help EU MS, European Commission, WHO and all international and national stakeholders to better understand and process the collected data. Additionally, the toolkit support the replication of the methodology used in further surveys developed at different levels (national, regional and local level, addressing, for example, specific population groups).
- Data collected will be included in the physical activity section of the WHO database - European Health Information Gateway.
- It can contribute to the dissemination of information related to PA and sport participation among EU MS population, sport and health sector agents, professionals, scientific and academic community, public and civil society organizations.
What are the main achievements of the EUPASMOS project?
- For the first time in the sport sector at EU level, several MS public organizations, reliable scientific partners, civil society and internationally relevant sport and health stakeholders worked collaboratively in a transnational project to develop a standardized EU-wide sedentary behavior, physical activity and sport monitoring system.
- The project provides updated sedentary behavior, PA and sport prevalence data from EU MS, enabling the adjustment and refinement of relevant HEPA and sport policies.
- EUPASMOS provides MS guidance and capacity building to implement national monitoring systems in line with the EU system through the publication of a toolkit and online resources that can be used by all MS and partners.
- This enables data comparison between countries, improving validity and reliability of the existing data collected using a wide range of different instruments (e.g. Eurobarometer, EHIS – wave 3, IPAQ-SF, GPAQ, and national questionnaires).
- EUPASMOS contributes to develop the physical activity section of the WHO database - European Health Information Gateway.
- This enables the development of more cost-effective and evidence-based policies and actions to tackle sedentary behavior and promote physical activity and sport participation among all segments of the EU population.
Even the smallest effort makes an impact
The Council Recommendation on promoting HEPA across sectors encouraged MS to cooperate closely by engaging in a process of regular exchange of information and best practices. The EUPASMOS project responded to that invitation by involving several MS in a process of data collection and tool validation to establish a best practice standard in data monitoring which can be used by all EU MS.
Furthermore, collected data and results will be exchanged between partner organisations and then shared in the form of national and international publications, as well as within the WHO European Health Information Gateway, making the information readily available to all MS and other international and national stakeholders.