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Table 3 Generic frame of the policy game In2Action

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

The policy game In2Action
Kind of game Role play; Real-life network game
Game environment Simulated municipality (comparable to real-life)
Duration game One day event of about 6 h
Game facilitator - One facilitator leads the group of participants.
- Plays the role of City Council to approve developed HEPAa implementation plan, based on the intervention cards (ideas) handed in.
Participants Local and regional/county stakeholders who are or should be involved in the local HEPAa policymaking process in the country case.
Roles in the game - Each participant has a role close to their actual role/task in real-life.
- Nine roles are developed.
- Each role is played by a team of 2 to 3 participants.
- Additional roles, played by one of the members of the research teams: National Science Academy and City Council.
Starting point - A HEPAa policy of the simulated city is approved by the City Council
- Teams of participants (roles) are asked to work on a HEPAa implementation plan taking into account the objectives of the strategic public health policy
Game theme To develop a HEPAa implementation plan in collaboration, to achieve the objectives of the approved strategic local HEPAa policy.
Supporting material - Intervention cards; developed intervention cards, ideas are written down and form the implementation plan and documented collaboration and use of knowledge
- Units to support intervention cards
- Newspaper, for inspiration of ideas and indicating needs
- Map of simulated municipality
- Strategic local HEPAa policy
- Statistical health report
Course of the game 1. Introduction by facilitator
2. Familiarization with the material by participants
3. 2 cycles
4. Debriefing session
  1. a HEPA Health Enhancing Physical Activity