The evidence for policy

We use an evidence-informed approach to our policy messages

We work to influence governments around the world to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-informed policies to help people and communities adopt healthy eating and drinking behaviours, maintain a healthy weight and take regular physical activity.

We do this by encouraging and supporting national and international policymakers to take comprehensive action to create environments that are conducive for people and communities to follow our Cancer Prevention Recommendations. We research, analyse and communicate the evidence for policy in a way that enables governments to adopt and implement effective policy actions.

Our evidence-informed policy framework – NOURISHING – provides a comprehensive policy approach by outlining 10 areas where governments need to take action to promote healthy diets and reduce diet-related non-communicable diseases, including cancer. The framework is accompanied by an extensive, regularly updated database that holds examples of implemented government policy actions from around the world.

The role and importance of public policy in preventing cancer is discussed in our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, in the Recommendations and Public Health and Policy Implications chapter. This chapter presents a new policy framework developed by World Cancer Research Fund International (adapted from NOURISHING) that addresses diet, physical activity, breastfeeding and alcohol consumption. The new policy framework complements, but does not replace the NOURISHING framework.

Our policy brief, Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases: a new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption, outlines how the new policy framework can help governments take a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption. It also includes examples of implemented policy actions across the new policy framework, from which countries can learn and tailor to their specific contexts.