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
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    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
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    • 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 …

  • The Parent Child Home Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
    • Infancy (ages 0-2) icon
    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
    • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
    • English
    • Healthy child development
    • Home
    • Injury Prevention
    • Maternal and Infant Health
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
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    • Social environments

    The Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) uses the parent-child bond to facilitate verbal interactions between parents and children that focus on books and toys introduced into the home. The program aims to work with abusive, neglectful, and at-risk parents by …

  • Nimi Icinohabi Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
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    • Individual
    • Children (ages 6-12) icon
    • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
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    • Canada
    • Culture
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    • English
    • Income and social status
    • Mental Health Icon 2
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
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    This is an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program for Aboriginal children and youth (grades 3-9) reviewed and adapted by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to ensure that it incorporated their cultural beliefs, values, language, and visual images. The adapted program …