Organisational structure

org structure

Figure 1: Proposed structure for INFORMAS


The structure of the network consists of an over-arching secretariat, council and an advisory group, as well as data collection, data management and knowledge exchange components (see Figure 1).

The INFORMAS Council

Consists of module leaders, participating country representatives, food policy experts and Secretariat representatives will make the policy, budget and strategic decisions.

World Obesity Federation (WOF) - Policy and Prevention (formerly The International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF) Scientific Advisory Council) will serve as an advisory board to INFORMAS, providing peer review, linkages, support, and strategic advice.

The INFORMAS Secretariat

Provides overall coordination, including central collation and management of data from the various modules. The Secretariat, in conjunction with collaborative groups in INFORMAS, is conducting data analyses and publication of reports, league tables, and journal articles. The Secretariat is hosted by the University of Auckland.

INFORMAS Country Teams

Consists of NGOs and research groups within a country, will collate existing country-level data (if available) and collect new country-level data related to each module. These data will be used within that country as well as being submitted and stored in a central, global database.


Module Leaders will be responsible for the coordination of monitoring activities for each of the modules of INFORMAS. The research group managing each module will develop standardised protocols for data collection, coordinate the data collection processes, and oversee data management related to that module.

The INFORMAS Knowledge Exchange Team

Led by WOF and consists of several large, global public-interest NGOs (including Consumers International, World Cancer Research Fund, and National Heart Forum). It will be responsible for external communication and advocacy support for INFORMAS. This will include communications of findings, raising the awareness of publications, individual country feedback and stimulating advocacy groups.


Logic Model

The logic model presenting the problem statement, inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and data sources to document the accomplishments of INFORMAS. Click the file below to view the logic model.

INFORMAS logic model
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