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

  • Nurse-Family Partnership

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
    • Best Practices
    • Individual
    • Organization
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    • Healthy Eating
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    • Maternal and Infant Health
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    Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a prenatal and infancy nurse home visitation program that aims to improve the health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. NFP was founded on concepts of human ecology, self-efficacy, and human attachment. …

  • Commit to Quit

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Individual
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    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Education and literacy
    • English
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Social environments

    Commit to Quit was designed to test the efficacy of vigorous-intensity physical activity as an aid to smoking cessation for women. The rationale is that participation in regular physical activity among female smokers may aid in cessation efforts both by …

  • Nunavik Childcare Centre Nutrition Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
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    • Individual
    • Societal
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    • Culture
    • daycare
    • English
    • Healthy child development
    • Healthy Eating

    This nutrition program developed by community-based registered dieticians is based in 14 child care centres in Nunavik. The program was developed to address high rates of anemia and improve nutrition among children in daycare. Daycare meal plans are developed based …