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

  • Al’s Pals

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    Al’s Pals is a resilience-based early childhood curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. The program is designed to: Help young children regulate their own feelings …

  • Families First Manitoba

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    • Healthy child development
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    • Maternal and Infant Health
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    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Social Relationships That Respect Diversity

    The Families First home visiting program provides services to families with children (from prenatal to five years old) who are living in what are considered at-risk conditions. These can include children with congenital health problems, teenage parents, parents in financial …

  • Kahnawake School Diabetes Prevention Project (QB)

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    • Healthy child development
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    • Personal health practices and coping skills
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    Community university partnership- school-based diabetes prevention program for 6-11 year olds; running since 1994; curriculum based health programming (10 -45 minute lessons per grade) for grades 1-6 along with supplementary community-wide activities.