Advice from a Successful Coordinator: Lessons
learned from the CompHP Project
Information Day on Public Health Programme
Health Research Board
4th June, 2014
Professor Margaret Barry
World Health Organization Collaboration Centre for Health
Promotion Research
National University of Ireland Galway
Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
• Developing a strong and realistic proposal
‘the basis of a good project is good proposal’
• Managing the process of project development from
submission through to delivery
– the consortium, communication, budget, work allocation,
• Clear plan for project outputs
– dissemination and translation
• Plan for sustainability
• Project Leader (20092012)
• 24 Project Partners from
across Europe academics, practitioners,
professional associations
and policymakers
Lessons Learned
“The basis of a good project is a good proposal”
• Scientific and technical quality of the proposal
o Clear rationale
o Relevance - addressing a research or policy problem or gap in the
o Innovative contribution – advancing the research area
• Realistic – doable in the timeframe
• European added-value – generate synergy
Lessons Learned
• Planning phase - allow time for detailed planning and
proposal development
• Methodology and Work Packages
o Clear statement of project objectives
o Methods to be used
o Clear description of the individual work packages
o Coherence and sequencing of the work
o Delivery of project outputs
Lessons Learned
• Choose your partners carefully
expertise of the consortium, geographical spread
speak to the European context
good working relationship
capacity to deliver
• Pay attention to budget details
– advice from your institution and consult the Project Officer
regarding what is and is not allowed
– difficult to make changes afterwards
• Check on all details before proposal submission
Lessons Learned
• The Project Leader/Coordinator has overall responsibility
for the writing of the proposal and if succesful for the
process of project development and delivery
 legal contract
Budget for a Project Manager
• Strong research team – synergy in the consortium
Aim of the CompHP Project
To develop a shared vision for health promotion workforce capacity
building in Europe through establishing the core competencies,
professional standards and accreditation mechanisms for quality
assurance in the education, training and practice of health promotion
Strengthening Health Promotion workforce capacity for the
implementation of population health improvement
- competencies and standards for effective practice to deliver on global, European
and national health policies
- necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in translating policy, theory and research
into effective action
Multi-skilled and flexible workforce - complex health challenges
- addressing health inequities and the social determinants of health
- Health in All Policies approach
- citizen participation and empowerment
Distinctive contribution of Health Promotion to multidisciplinary
Public Health
European Context for the CompHP Project
Health Promotion is an evolving field of practice in Europe
diverse health promotion workforce - fragmented and lacking a clear
occupational identity
varying levels of professional training and career development within and
across countries
Need for a coherent European approach
Freedom of employment across the EU region
Bologna Declaration and quality assurance in higher education in Europe
Quality assurance in practice and training in health fields
Public accountability
Workforce capacity required for delivering on EU health strategies
Need for a comprehensive but flexible pan-European framework
Research base for CompHP Project
International literature on Health Promotion competencies,
standards and accreditation
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US and a number of European countries
Galway Consensus Conference Statement (Allegrante et al., 2009; Barry et al.,
2009) - international collaboration to identify domains of core competency in
health promotion - IUHPE, SOPHE, CDC
IUHPE European Regional Sub-Committee research including:
Scoping study on Training, Accreditation and Professional Standards in Health
Promotion (Santa-María Morales & Barry, 2007)
Pilot feasibility study on implementing a pan-European accreditation system
(Battel-Kirk & Barry, 2009)
Both reports accessible on
CompHP Project Objectives
To identify, agree and publish core competencies for Health Promotion practice,
education and training in Europe
To develop and publish competency-based professional standards for Health
Promotion practice
To promote quality assurance through the development of a Europe-wide
accreditation system
To map competencies and standards in academic courses across Europe and link to
accreditation for academic settings
To pilot competencies, standards and accreditation with practitioners in a range of
settings across Europe
To engage in consultation with key stakeholders and disseminate information on
the project outcomes throughout the 27 member states and candidate countries
CompHP Process
• Systematic and consensus-building approach
- extensive and wide ranging consultation process
- grounded in the core concepts and principles of Health Promotion
• Mobilization of interest, dialogue and consensus concerning Health
Promotion workforce development
• Over 700 stakeholders from across the policy, practice and
academic Health Promotion community in Europe were engaged in
CompHP – 300 actively
- Delphi technique with national experts across the EU region
- online consultations with a broad base of practitioners
- focus groups and workshops at country and pan-European level
• International Expert Advisory Group
Project Flow Chart
CompHP Partners
Co-ordination of Project
Health Promotion Research Centre
National University of Ireland Galway
Leader: Prof Margaret Barry
Administrator: Dr Vivienne Batt
Co-ordinator: Ms Barbara Battel-Kirk
International Union for Health Promotion and
Education, France
Leaders: Ms Sara Bensaude De Castro Freire &
Dr Claire Blanchard
Project Researcher: Ms Sara Debenedetti
Universita di Perugia, Italy
Leader: Prof Giancarlo Pocetta
Project Researcher: Ms Erica Marie Pace
Core Competencies
National University of Ireland, Galway
Leader: Prof Margaret Barry
Project Researcher: Ms Colette Dempsey
Professional Standards
Royal Society for Public Health, UK
Leader: Prof Richard Parish
Project Researchers: Dr Viv Speller; Dr Heather
Davison & Dr Anna Zilnyk
Accreditation Framework
The Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion
(NIGZ), The Netherlands (NIGZ-NL)
Leader: Mr Gerard Van der Zanden
Project Researcher: Mrs Mariëlle Schipperen
Mapping in
Academic Settings
Universita di Cagliari, Italy
Leader: Prof Paolo Contu
Project Researcher: Dr Alessandra Sotgiu
Mapping in
Practice Settings
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Leader: Prof. Carmen Gallardo & Dr Ana
Project Researchers: Ms Miriam Zaagsma & Ms
Silvia Garcia de Sola Riera
Associate Partners:
Czech Republic, Institute of Public Health, (NIPH-CZ) - Dr Hana Janatova
Estonia, University of Tartu (TU-EE) - Dr Anu Kasmel
Finland, SOSTE Finnish Society for Social and Health, Finland - Ms Pirjo Koskinen-Ollongvist
Ireland, Health Service Executive (HSE-IE) - Mr Brian Neeson
Collaborating Partners
Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Malta
Association for Health Promotion in Ireland (AHPI), Ireland
Faculty of Health Education, Ankara University, Turkey
NHS Health Scotland
Israel Association of Health Education and Promotion
National Institute of Public Health, Croatia
The Dutch Association for Health Promotion, The Netherlands
Department of Health Promotion, University of Girona, Spain
ETC-PHHP Network c/o Cagliari University
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton, UK
Department of Psychology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Centre for Health Services Research, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical
Statistics, Athens University, Greece
Faculty of Teachers Training, University of Extremadura, Spain
Collaborating Partners
International Expert Advisory Group
• Professor John P. ALLEGRANTE, Professor of Health Education, Department of Health and Behavior Studies,
and Deputy Provost, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA; Co-Chair, Galway Consensus Conference
on International Collaboration on Credentialing in Health Promotion and Health Education.
Professor Hiram V. Acevedo ARROYO, Professor, Health Promotion and Health Education Graduate
Program, School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico. Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Training
and Research in Health Promotion and Health Education. Coordinator, Interamerican Consortium of
Universities and Training Centers in Health Promotion and Health Education (CIUEPS).
Dr Brian HYNDMAN, Senior Planner, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion; Fellow, Centre
for Health Promotion, University of Toronto, Canada.
Professor David V. McQUEEN, Global Consultant, formerly Associate Director for Global Health Promotion,
US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) (Retired, 2011); President of the International Union
for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) from 2007 to 2010.
Professor Hans ONYA, Director of Health Promotion, University of Limpopo, South Africa.
Ms Helen RANCE, Senior Health Promotion Strategist, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand
Professor Mala RAO, Director, Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, India.
Professor Trevor SHILTON, Director of Cardiovascular Health, National Heart Foundation of Australia,
Western Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australian School of Population
Health; Life Member of the Australian Health Promotion Association
Professor Alyson TAUB, Professor Emerita of Health Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and
Human Development, New York University, USA. First Executive Director, National Commission for Health
Education Credentialing (NCHEC), USA.
CompHP Outputs
The CompHP Core Competencies for Health Promotion Handbook
(Dempsey, Battel-Kirk and Barry, 2011)
• The CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion Handbook
(Speller, Parish, Davison and Zilnyk, 2012)
• The CompHP Pan-European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion
Handbook (Van der Zanden, Battel-Kirk and Schipperen, 2012)
Short versions available in English, French and Spanish
• Series of reports on literature reviews, the development processes, and
mapping and testing in academic and practice settings
All available at
CompHP Project Handbooks
Launched at the IUHPE 9th European Conference in Tallinn, Sept 2012
CompHP Impact
Testing of the system in both academic and practice settings
- consultations and case studies completed at pan-European and country
Testing implementation of the system at IUHPE European level
Impact of the CompHP Model – workforce development, training and
education development
European wide and global interest in the CompHP products and processes
CompHP Project Outcomes
• Wide ranging consultation with practitioners, policymakers and education
providers across Europe
• Developed a shared understanding of, and consensus on, the core
competencies required for Health Promotion practice, education and
training in Europe
• Publication of Handbooks on the CompHP Core Competencies Framework
and Professional Standards for Health Promotion, which will inform
capacity building for professional practice across Europe
• Development of a pan-European Accreditation Framework for Health
Promotion practitioners, and education and training providers
CompHP Project Outcomes
Which will lead to:
• Enhanced education and training programmes in Health Promotion across
Europe based on a shared understanding of the core competencies and
standards that need to be incorporated into academic core curricula
• The promotion of workforce development and best practice in Health
Promotion through engaging practitioners and professional bodies in the
development of quality standards and accreditation systems
• Greater cooperation and coordination in Health Promotion practice,
education and training across Europe, promoted by an active project
consultation and wide ranging dissemination process
 improved quality of practice based on agreed competencies and
Mobilised interest and dialogue
Wide ranging consultation/engagement with 700+ stakeholders contacted and 300+ actively
contributing to development process
Positive impact within and beyond Europe in policy, practice and academic settings, e.g.
France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Norway, UK; Australia, Canada, Latin America, New
All deliverables (20) submitted on schedule
Publications – 3 Handbooks and 6 key reports published
Themed issue of Health Education & Behavior Dec, 2012
Presentations at key conferences and through networks in Europe and globally
Implementation and sustainability plan agreed
IUHPE Operating Grant – European Accreditation System
Global Working Group – Competencies and Workforce Development
CompHP Websites
English -
French -
Spanish -
For further information on CompHP development process and
Internal Factors impacting on Project’s success
Competencies were
developed on the basis of
consensus and were
available early in the
Policy and
Good work plan from
Tight management
Rapid responses from
management of
overall project
Great communication
Good involvement and
relationship between
work packages
Strategic vision
Tight management
for development
Perfect timing of the
Distributed work among
many European countries
High quality in
process &
Dedicated and
Have a project manager
solely dedicated to this role
Motivate partners
towards a sense of
commitment and
Build strong
relationships among
partners at early stages
through meetings
Ensure quality in
process and
Value the European
Plan to have tangible
results in early phases
Plan for Sustainability
• Plan for taking forward the work at a strategic level –
research, policy and practice
• Galvanize action and leadership
• Plan for translation and implementation
- structures
- resources
- seeking endorsement and commitment to

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