Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for children and young people and their families

Evidence and Performance Monitoring (including measurement, analysis, evaluation, policy and action research to inform planning and management, and enhance accountability)

Page last updated: 04 July 2011

Outcomes sought

  • Improved regular tracking of height and weight status in the community as well as monitoring of knowledge, attitudes, intentions, behaviours and other indicators relating to healthy eating and active living.
  • Increased understanding of the determinants and consequences of obesity and the effectiveness of potential interventions.
  • Improved understanding and regular monitoring of the environment regarding its influence and impact on active living and healthy eating related behaviours.

2004 Actions

Health sector leadership:

  • Scope and develop specifications for national nutrition and physical activity monitoring and surveillance systems, including culturally appropriate Indigenous components.
  • Design a comprehensive, regular, coordinated monitoring system for height and weight status (particularly of young people) and a series of validated indicators of key behaviours and environments related to healthy eating and active living.
  • Establish benchmarks and strategic tracking indicators for best practice and monitor performance across the strategies.
  • Begin to implement continuous progress reporting across all the Healthy Weight 2008 strategies through a performance management cycle.
  • Conduct strategic and policy research to inform decision-making, and fast track the sharing and application of new research evidence Australia-wide.
  • Consider the value and validity of setting measurable targets when baseline measures are available.

Collaboration across sectors: