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

  • Infant Health and Development Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
    • Best Practices
    • Individual
    • Organization
    • Infancy (ages 0-2) icon
    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
    • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
    • daycare
    • Health Care Setting
    • Home
    • Maternal and Infant Health
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    The Infant Health and Development Program (IHDP) was designed to reduce the developmental and health problems of low birth weight (2500 grams or less), premature infants (born after 37 or fewer weeks of gestation). Between birth of a premature child …

  • Relapse prevention for postpartum women

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
    • Individual
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    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
    • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
    • Health Care Setting
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    Objective: Postpartum relapse rates are high among women who spontaneously quit smoking during pregnancy. This randomized clinical trial tested a Motivation and Problem- Solving (MAPS) treatment for reducing postpartum relapse among diverse low-income women who quit smoking during pregnancy (N …

  • Maternal-Child Health Information System

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • wtt_ico
    • Infancy (ages 0-2) icon
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
    • Canada
    • English
    • Health Care Setting
    • Maternal and Infant Health

    A combined University of British Columbia/Nunavut Public Health Strategy to produce a comprehensive and culturally relevant maternal-child health surveillance system. The system was developed with extensive input from professional and lay stakeholders. Nunavut specific indicators have been included on the …