Best and Promising Practices

A Best Practice is defined as an intervention, program, service, or strategy that has, through multiple implementations, demonstrated:

  • High Impact - positive changes related to the desired goal(s).
  • High Adaptability - successful adaptation and transferability to different settings.
  • High Quality of Evidence - excellent quality of research/evaluation methodology, confirming the intervention's high impact and adaptability evidence.

A Best Practice is one that is most suitable given the available evidence and particular situation or context. In health promotion, such practices are used to demonstrate what works for enhancing health-related outcomes of individuals and communities, and how and why they work in different situations and contexts.

A Promising Practice is defined as an intervention, program, service, or strategy that shows potential (or “promise”) for developing into a best practice. Promising practices are often in the earlier stages of implementation, and as such, do not show the high level of impact, adaptability, and quality of evidence as best practices. However, their potential is based on a strong theoretical underpinning to the intervention. Promising Practices demonstrate:

  • Medium to High Impact - positive changes related to the desired goals(s).
  • High Potential for Adaptability - a high potential for producing similar positive results in other contexts and settings.
  • Moderate Quality of Evidence - the strength of the quality of evidence for promising practices is assessed with the understanding that they are often in the earlier stages of development, or in a pilot phase.

In addition to demonstrating the above qualities, promising practices are based on sound theoretical constructs and a rigorous evaluation that contribute to the intervention's potential to achieve a high level of impact, to be adaptable to various contexts and settings, and to demonstrate high level of quality evidence.

Featured Interventions

  • Rainbow Smile: Using Motivational Interviewing to Reduce the Rates of Early Childhood Caries

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
    • Best Practices
    • Individual
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    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
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    • English
    • Oral Health
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    Rainbow Smile is a behavioral oral health intervention designed to prevent early childhood caries (ECC) among 6-18 months old South Asian immigrant children in British Columbia. Motivational interviewing (MI) was used to positively influence good oral health behaviors among the …

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Yuma County

    Categories associated with best practice:

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    • Societal
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    • daycare
    • English
    • Healthy child development
    • Healthy Eating
    • Obesity Prevention
    • Physical Activity

    The NAP SACC program addressed the policies, practices and environmental characteristics of day care facilities, focusing on the nutritional quality of food provided, the strength of their physical activity programming, the staff-child interactions and the characteristics of the day care …

  • Drop the Pop

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    • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
    • Children (ages 6-12) icon
    • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
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    • Education and literacy
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    • Food Security
    • Healthy Eating
    • Obesity Prevention
    • Oral Health
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
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    Drop the Pop is part of a comprehensive, territorial health promotion strategy which aims to improve the health of school-aged children and their families through healthy eating and lifestyle choices including active living. It is an annual, month-long pan-territorial school-based …