This Guide was prepared by Fabrizio D’Esposito, Emma Thomas, and Brian Oldenburg of The University of Melbourne, Australia, under the coordination of Ruitai Shao and Cherian Varghese with the assistance of Yuxi Zhang, and with guidance from Alison Harvey and Etienne Krug, Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO).

The following people provided helpful comments, expert technical review and case studies included in the guide: Professor Ross Brownson, Washington University in St. Louis, United States of America; Dr Nathan Grills, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Liming Li, Chair of Board and Executive Vice President, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China; Dr Elezebeth Mathews and Professor KR Thankappan, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India; Dr Mark Miller, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA; Professor Nihal Thomas and Dr Riddhi Dasgupta, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India and Dr Jacqui Webster, the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia.

Valuable guidance to the development of this document was provided by the following experts: Dr Sania Nishtar, Professor David Peters, Professor Pekka Puska, Professor Srinath Reddy and Dr Cuilin Zhang. As participants in a WHO Ad Hoc Technical Meeting to Support the Work of the WHO Secretariat in Implementing Action 54 (research) of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020, 7–8 May 2015, these experts discussed the structure of the guide and provided inputs and suggestions during the process of developing this guide.

Staff from WHO regional offices and headquarters reviewed the draft and provided technical support: Douglas Bettcher, Edouard Tursan D’espaignet, Albert Francis E. Domingo, Ophira Ginsburg, Andre Ilbawi, Belinda Loring, Bente Mikkelsen, Armando Peruga, Leanne Riley, Hai-Rim Shin, Nhan Tran, Menno Van Hilten and Temo Waqanivalu.

WHO also acknowledges Ms Naima Reza in UK for technical editing of this guide, and Mr Jean-Claude Fattier in Switzerland for the cover design and layout.

Other acknowledgements to come.