GWG on HP Effectiveness (GPHPE)

The GPHPE was launched in 2000 as a multi-partner project coordinated by the IUHPE in collaboration with WHO and a broad range of institutions from across the world.

The GPHPE is an on-going process, a long-term programme of work, which is supported by a range of activities, partnerships and projects.


The GPHPE is concerned with how to stimulate the evaluation of effectiveness, champion the development of appropriate tools and methods to do so, and espouse the implementation of this body of knowledge to its best use in practice and for advocacy.


The GPHPE has a number of distinguishing features that include:

  • operating as a world-wide programme

  • advocating the importance of effectiveness to researchers, practitioners and decision-makers

  • cultivating regional specificity, encouraging input from the developing world with a focus on non-Western views of effectiveness

  • promoting the development of unique and novel evaluation approaches to accommodate emerging areas of interest

  • employing the diversity emanating from the regional projects to foster opportunities for regions to exchange and learn from each other.


In order to achieve global coverage and relevance, the GPHPE serves as an entry point for the for the IUHPE to play an active role in the arena of health promotion policy and practice development through constructive participation in those networks which connect to the IUHPE's scientific portfolio and engage in dialogue.

Collecting the evidence

GPHPE Monograph Volume I: a symposium in a book

The most significant area of progress for the GPHPE to date has been that of the completion of a book, the first in a GPHPE series, which is comprised of 23 chapters from 55 contributors representing 6 continents who have come together to analyse major programmes around the world and evaluate their effectiveness.

Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness (ISBN: 978-0-387-70973-4) is a document with significant implications for practitioners involved in implementing health promotion programmes. It serves as a vital source of frontline knowledge for researchers and students of public health.

The GPHPE took on the challenge public health professionals face to prove that programmes are worthwhile and that interventions make an impact by compiling reflection and critical thinking on crucial issues, such as:

  • Assessment of evidence and evaluation of effectiveness in an international context.

  • Synthesis of progress on the various GPHPE regional projects.

  • Advocacy to strengthen the evidence base for mental health promotion, physical activity promotion and a wide range of settings-based health promotion interventions.

  • Challenges to health promotion and its assessment, including peace-building, urbanization, globalization, and social determinants.

  • Global debates on emerging health promotion arenas-equity, methodology, partnership, development in adverse political climates, and others-as to whether or not traditional concepts of evidence, impact, and outcomes can be applied.


GPHPE Monograph Volume II: a focus on "how to"

The development of volume II of the series, concentrated on the processes and contexts for moving from evidence to effectiveness.

The GPHPE Volume II is a two part document:

1) A framing document which is constructed of chapters invited for submission from key network and specific individual professionals who will address specific areas very practically in terms of looking at:

  • What do we know about the efficacy?

  • What actually gets picked up for decision-making?

  • What then happens in terms of implementation?

Chapters in the framing document are organised under the following six sections:

  • the development agenda;

  • the social determinants of health;

  • community and political empowerment;

  • health system strengthening;

  • health promotion capacity; and

  • further debates about evidence and effectiveness.


2) A workbook document with concrete examples from practice collected through a call for case studies and published in the IUHPE journal Global Health Promotion.

The objective is to build capacity of practitioners to be reflexive about how they use and integrate evaluation results into the planning and implementation of population health interventions. The GPHPE has initiated a collection process to seek case studies which reflect and demonstrate how research evidence derived from epidemiological studies, evaluation research and/or research synthesis and meta-analysis is used and translated to address health challenges locally with the aim of creating a body of experience and practical examples on how empirical evidence informs health promotion policy and practice.


Regional programmes

The GPHPE has experienced noticeable growth of activity on the regional project level in the lower-income regions such as Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. The attached table presents five major accomplishments of each region; these were selected compiled by the regions and range in type from publications, to presentations, to seminars or other meetings.

  • Africa

  • Latin America