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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Global Actions - February 20, 2013

Key Recent Milestones:

· Amsterdam: The International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) held an Alcohol Education Section Meeting on February 11 and 12, 2013.

Global Actions in Focus: Channel Research Evaluation Report

Independent research firm Channel Research completed a final global report evaluating the Global Actions on Harmful Drinking initiatives implemented from 2010 through 2012. The evaluation found high levels of efficiency and effectiveness in many areas of the Global Actions program, indicating some room for improvement.

Channel Research found that “Overall, the management-level executive of the Global Actions has been innovative and well implemented. ICAP has been able to fit into very diverse national contexts, playing to its core strengths – playing the role of honest broker, contributing a high level of credibility due to its research work, and working at all level of alcohol policy advice and best practices.”

Channel Research assessed the drink driving, self-regulation, and noncommercial alcohol initiatives cumulatively in terms of their relevance, the extent of influence, and the duration of this influence.

“There may be advantages for ICAP to more formally capture (map) and analyze salient critical conditions such as specific geographic issues, or specific drivers which influenced the initiatives,” Channel Research notes in the report summary. The evaluation recommends a mapping of stakeholders, whose influence and position could be tracked over time.

Read more of the Evaluation of the Global Actions on Harmful Drinking Initiatives: Summary of Final Global Report.

What’s Happening Next:

· South Africa: Beverage alcohol producers will participate in the Commitments Regional Meeting on February 26 and 27, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss the beer, wine, and spirits producers’ collective commitments to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.