New IOM report highlights NCCOR Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems

In August 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, “Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress,” which outlined an actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts. In developing the report, the IOM relied heavily on two tools developed by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) — the Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems.

The authors highlighted the fact that the Registry is the only existing resource developed with a focus on measuring diet and physical activity and related environments programs and systems. They found the Measures Registry to be particularly valuable for the assessment of gaps in the capacity to evaluate interventions related to diet, physical activity, and weight, and their potential environmental determinants.

This recognition by the IOM of the usefulness and applicability to obesity research of the Measures Registry and the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems shows the importance and impact of NCCOR’s work, and demonstrates recognition of the value of these tools by prominent obesity researchers and practitioners. Continue reading

Webpages now feature easy-to-share fact sheets

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is making it easier to disseminate information about its online tools. The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry now have fact sheets available for download.

The fact sheets can be found on the particular project webpages (http://www.nccor.org/projects/cataloguehttp://www.nccor.org/projects/measures). Each features key information about the tools’ features and capabilities.

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New infographics to help users search NCCOR’s Catalogue and Registry

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) recently unveiled new infographics that provide users with a visual reference of the various options to sort or “filter” items in the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry online tools. Continue reading

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research launches surveillance resource

A compilation of 75+ U.S. surveillance systems provides researchers with a one-stop resource on childhood obesity data

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) announced today the launch of a new, free online resource to help researchers and practitioners more easily investigate childhood obesity in America.

NCCOR’s Catalogue of Surveillance Systems describes in detail existing surveillance systems that collect data related to childhood obesity. It provides one-stop access to more than 75 surveys and other data sets, allowing users to search and select surveys that provide a wealth of data at the national, state, and local levels on a range of variables, including school policies and health outcomes, as well as eating and exercise behaviors. Health officials at the city and state level also can find data related to their programs.

Using the Catalogue, researchers can:

  • Identify surveillance systems to meet their research and program needs
  • Compare attributes across systems
  • Find information about the systems
  • Link directly to the systems to download data or other information

“NCCOR’s Catalogue of Surveillance Systems is a valuable tool for any researcher focused on childhood obesity,” said NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins. “Searching for information on data in these systems now takes a matter of minutes rather than hours, or even days. It is also now possible to see which data systems can be linked in order to study these health behaviors at the individual and environmental levels.”

The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems is available at www.nccor.org/css.

NCCOR is a collaboration among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Through the collective efforts of these organizations, NCCOR aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of research on childhood obesity. The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems is one product to help U.S. researchers and practitioners studying childhood obesity. NCCOR plans to launch a second online tool soon, which will allow researchers to search for available survey instruments and questionnaires they can use in their own studies.

Please visit www.nccor.org for more information about the Catalogue, a full list of NCCOR-led projects, upcoming events, and childhood obesity research highlights.