The first was preparing a workshop for the World Congress on Public Health (“How to improve the uptake of best practices?”).The second was co-organising a series of focus groups with Maastricht University and EuroHealthNet member BZgA. These workshops, which brought together over 60 experts in intervention design, and public health from Europe and internationally, explored criteria for evaluating transferability of best practices, using the conceptual and process PIET-T (Population, Intervention, Environment, Transfer and Transferability). Held in six sessions in early November 2020, these focus groups laid the groundwork for further development of this promising model for assessing transferability, with implications for future best practice recommendations. The third activity TWIG members engaged in was liaison with the European Commission, specifically the Joint Research Centre and DG SANTE, to explore and try to increase interlinkages between national and EU best practice portals.
The TWIG’s recommendations to improve connections were presented to the EU Steering Group on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (SPGG) in late 2020. Finally, the group began preparation of a comparative analysis of participating national portals with the aim to publish final results in a scientific journal.
Thematic Working Groups (TWIGs) are open to all members and partners to bring together specialists on key subjects chosen by members so they can stay up-to-date, pool knowledge, and build common positions.