Publications and Reports

Propagating Change: Using RE-FRAME to Scale and Sustain A Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Mar 1;16(5):736.
Kennedy L, Pinkney S, Suleman S, Mâsse LC, Naylor PJ, Amed S.

Our latest paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) in March 2019, describes how RE-FRAME, a newly developed knowledge exchange model, enabled the effective and sustainable scale-up of Live 5-2-1-0 to new communities and facilitated community capacity building in both new and existing Live 5-2-1-0 communities. This paper is a follow-up to our initial wayfinding paper published in the IJERPH in 2016.

Evaluation of complex community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions

Obesity Reviews. 2018 May 16;19(8):1080-92
Karacabeyli D, Allender S, Pinkney S, Amed S. 

In this paper, published in Obesity Reviews in May 2018, we address the gap in existing information on multi-setting, community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions by closely examining how various interventions implemented around the world have evaluated their impact. This paper systematically reviews the methodological approaches to outcome evaluation used in 33 different studies, discusses persistent challenges in evaluation, and suggests a set of pragmatic recommendations for future community childhood obesity interventions and studies.

British Columbia’s Live 5-2-1-0 Initiative: Communities Working Together to Raise Healthy Kids – Report on Achievements 2009-2016


SCOPE was first launched in 2009, and over the last seven years we have made significant progress in supporting BC communities to create healthier environments for children through Live 5-2-1-0. This summary report (our first ever), released August 2016, describes SCOPE’s collective impact approach, our progress in partnership with communities, the impact we have achieved so far, and the lessons, successes and experiences which will inform our future work. Read and download the report (PDF format) here.

Wayfinding the Live 5-2-1-0 Initiative – At the Intersection between Systems Thinking and Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Jun 21;13(6). pii: E614.
Amed S, Shea S, Pinkney S, Wharf Higgins J, Naylor PJ.

In this paper, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in June 2016, we describe the protocol for implementing and evaluating an innovative knowledge translation model (RE-FRAME) in two existing and two new Live 5-2-1-0 communities to understand how to facilitate and sustain systems/community-level change.

Creating a collective impact on childhood obesity: Lessons from the SCOPE initiative

Can J Public Health. 2015 Oct 3;106(6):e426-33.
Amed S, Naylor PJ, Pinkney S, Shea S, Mâsse LC, Berg S, Collet JP, Wharf Higgins J.

Based on our experiences growing the Live 5-2-1-0 initiative, we published a paper in the Canadian Journal of Public Health’s September/October 2015 issue that describes how we support communities to drive change and help local children eat well and be active every day. We also describe the best practice processes that emerged from our experiences and how they align with the Collective Impact model. Taken together, we demonstrate a path forward for similar community-led initiatives in the future.

Sustainable childhood obesity prevention through community engagement (SCOPE) program: evaluation of the implementation phase

Biochem Cell Biol. 2015 Oct;93(5):472-8.
McIntosh B, Daly A, Mâsse LC, Collet JP, Higgins JW, Naylor PJ, Amed S.

In this study published in a special edition of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, we describe community perspectives on, and elicit feedback about, SCOPE’s first phase of implementation in two pilot cities in BC. Using interviews and questionnaires to obtain feedback about SCOPE from two groups: SCOPE coordinators and stakeholders (i.e., individuals and organizations that were a member of the community and engaged with SCOPE coordinators) we share their perspectives on factors that facilitated and acted as barriers to SCOPE’s first phase of implementation.