Accessing the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry is even easier

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) website has a new look! The website features a redesigned homepage and new navigation tabs which make it even easier to locate NCCOR projects, resources, and tools including the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry. The Catalogue and Measures Registry project pages have been updated to make accessing the tools and relevant resources simple and straightforward. Additionally, the tools themselves have undergone extensive usability testing and have been revised and reformatted to make finding data easier and faster. Continue reading

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

NCCOR’s Measures Registry is a success

On April 29, The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) launched the Measures Registry, a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. Childhood obesity and public health researchers have commended the Registry for encouraging the use of common measures and accelerating childhood obesity research. The tool has also garnered a great deal of interest among users. Continue reading

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research launches Measures Registry

A searchable online registry of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has launched a free, searchable online registry of measures and resources to use in childhood obesity research.

Public health researchers need standard measures in order to describe and monitor obesity trends and related factors and evaluate interventions. Measures are defined broadly as tools and methodologies to assess diet, physical activity, and the environments in which these behaviors occur. NCCOR’s Measures Registry is an interactive web tool developed to facilitate access to available measures, help identify gaps in measures, and encourage the development of new measures. Details about each measure include validity, reliability, protocols for use, and settings, geographic areas, and populations in which the measure has been used.

The Measures Registry includes almost 750 measures in four domains: individual dietary behavior, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment. Types of measures in the Registry include questionnaires, instruments, diaries, logs, electronic devices, direct observation of people or environments, protocols, and analytic techniques. Users can search for measures and details about how to use them, find measures in development, link to other measures registries and related resources, and submit new measures for inclusion.

“Today, nearly one in five U.S. children is obese – a number that’s increased four-fold in the last 40 years. We need to use the power of research to find ways to address this serious public health problem,” said National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins. “This new registry will encourage researchers to share and use common measures, thereby accelerating efforts to curb our nation’s epidemic of childhood obesity.”

The Measures Registry is available at www.nccor.org/measures.

NCCOR is a collaboration among the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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.

NCCOR recently launched another resource for childhood obesity researchers, the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems: www.nccor.org/css. This interactive web tool provides one-stop access to a wide array of obesity-related data sources at multiple levels. Using the Catalogue, researchers can identify data resources, compare attributes across systems, and link to other resources of interest. A webinar on the features and uses of the Catalogue is scheduled for May 5. To register, visit www.nccor.org/registerCSS. The Catalogue and the Registry are complementary tools intended to increase obesity researchers’ productivity.

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