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Table 1 Context of the three country cases

From: Developing a policy game intervention to enhance collaboration in public health policymaking in three European countries

Case The Netherlands Denmark Romania
Size of the city Average size municipality Average size municipality Highly populated municipality with a high student population
Stage policy New developed health policy, working towards an HEPA implementation plan. New developed health policy, and needed an implementation plan, including HEPA HEPA policy plan was in the development phase
Focus policy Mainly on physical activity promotion for youth Mainly on physical activity promotion for youth and citizens with special needs and chronic diseases The development of the local HEPA Strategy for 2014–2020, “Sport and Community”
Responsible for the local policy - Local administrative level of the municipality for the HEPA policy;
- Regional Sport Service was assigned the development and implementation of the HEPA plan
- Local administrative level in the sector Health and Care for the health policy
- The implementation of the policy was a common responsibility (across sectors in the municipality)
- Centralized administrative system -National ministries responsible for the policy development
- None of the local/county stakeholders take responsibility for the lead in the implementation of the HEPA policy
Entry point important for case to be represented in the game - Representation of a specific neighborhood
- Representation that makes involvement of new stakeholder possible
- Representation of the municipality
- Representation of specific deprived community areas
- Representation was open, i.e. local participants from different stakeholder groups.
- Representation of some members of the physical activity working group
Group of key figures Five representatives of the Dutch case:
- One policy maker of the municipality, sector health and welfare
- One policy advisor of the regional public health service
- One policy advisor of the regional sport service
- Two researchers of the Tilburg University
Five representatives of the Danish case:
- Two policy makers from the Health sector, represented by a team coordinator and an administrative civil servant,
- One policy maker from the Culture and Leisure sector
- Two researcher of the Research Centre for Prevention and Health
Two representatives of the Romanian case
- Two researchers of the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
- Interviewed several individual stakeholders along the waya
  1. aA different approach was used in Romania, because of the different knowledge base of the network