Through a two-year grant from The JPB Foundation, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will strengthen its landmark Measures Registry by creating user guides for researchers. With more than 1,000 measures in the Measures Registry, the new guides will help users choose measures best suited for their research and evaluation work.
In April 2011, NCCOR launched the Measures Registry, a free, online, searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. Available at www.nccor.org/measures, the resource is widely recognized and was identified as a leading tool by the Institute of Medicine in Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress, as it encourages the use of common tools and research methods across childhood obesity research and prevention programs at the individual, community, and population levels.
“With the continued support of NCCOR partners and this new opportunity made possible by The JPB Foundation, the Measures Registry can enter a new, important phase,” said Dr. David Berrigan, a biologist in the Applied Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Over the next two years, funding from The JPB Foundation will support the development of domain-specific user guides that: describe the general principles of measurement selection; present case studies on selecting measures; describe challenges to measures harmonization; and highlight additional resources.
With more in-depth guidance, researchers will be better able to share, compare, and analyze their data, thus, maximizing the impact of cutting-edge research and producing a greater collaborative effort to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic.
The JPB Foundation is NCCOR’s first strategic funding alliance. NCCOR strategic alliances allow the Collaborative to engage with other funders in targeted efforts to advance the field of childhood obesity research. The JPB Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities by creating opportunities for those living in poverty, enabling pioneering medical research, and enriching and sustaining our environment.