Healthy cities. Promoting health and equity – evidence for local policy and practice. Summary evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network



Edited by: Evelyne de Leeuw, Agis D. Tsouros, Mariana Dyakova and Geoff Green
2014, vi + 23 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 5069 2

This publication summarizes the evaluation of Phase V (2009–2013) of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The evaluation process was designed in collaboration with city representatives, academic institutions and public health experts. It adopted a realist synthesis approach, being responsive to the unique social, cultural, political, health and epidemiological circumstances in the 99 cities in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and 20 accredited national networks.

The evaluation findings are rooted in the enduring values such as equity, governance, partnership, participation and sustainability. Also considering the core Phase V themes, this publication focuses on policy and governance, healthy urban environments and design, caring and supportive environments, health and active living, national networks’ performance and effects on health and equity. The evaluation finds good progress among cities and networks that differs in scale and quality. The healthy cities movement adds value and allows local governments to invest in health and well-being and address inequities through novel approaches to developing health.