The Diabetes Literacy project has been implemented by a Consortium of nine partners and two collaborating partners. The project is structured in nine work packages (WPs), led by one of the partners. Six of the nine partners are based in EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom). The three other partners are based in the Middle-East (Israel), Asia (Taiwan) and North America (USA). Our collaborating partners are based in Europe (Denmark) and Africa (South Africa).
Two work packages deal with the overall management of the project and the evaluation. These WPs are led by UCL, the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Principal investigator and scientific coordinator of the project is Stephan Van den Broucke. UCL is also responsible for project management by Gerard Van der Zanden. The Technical University of Dresden is the German partner with Peter Schwarz as principal investigator. In particular, TUD mapped national diabetes strategies and DSME programs across the 28 EU Member States. The University College Dublin (UCD) with Gerardine Doyle as principal investigator, evaluated the costs of the diabetes care process at a national level and the costs of DSME programs The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research (Austria) with Jürgen Pelikan as principal investigator, lead the effectiveness study of diabetes self-management education, while all partners collected data for this study. Maastricht University (Netherlands) with principal investigator Kristine Sørensen studied the conditions for DSME program effectiveness in the organization of care. UCL was the leading partner, for studying the implementation fidelity of self-management programs. The University of Southampton (SOTON) with Lucy Yardley as principal investigator, was the lead organization for piloting literacy-appropriate web-based self-management materials. Clalit Health Services (Israel; principal investigator: Diane Levin-Zamir) Taipei Medical University from Taiwan (principal investigator: Peter Chang) and the University of California San Francisco from the USA (principal investigator: Dean Schillinger) were involved as project partners contributing to all of the above tasks. Two collaborating partners were involved in the project: Aarhus University (AU) from Denmark with the principal investigators Gillian Rowlands and Helle Maindal, and the University of Pretoria (UP), by researcher Loveness Dube.