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

  • Youth Fit for Life

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Best Practices
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
    • Children (ages 6-12) icon
    • Before-After School Icon 1
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
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    • Healthy child development
    • Healthy Eating
    • Mental Health Icon 2
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Physical Activity
    • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities

    Youth Fit For Life is a 12-week after-school physical activity program for children aged 5-12 years who are already enrolled in some form of after-school care. The program is administered by trained after-school counselors with little or no prior experiment …

  • Baltimore Healthy Stores

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Organization
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    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • English
    • Food Security
    • Income and social status
    • Social environments

    Baltimore Stores was designed to increase the availability and sales of healthy foods in corner stores located in low-income, urban neighbourhoods. To accomplish this goal, researchers aimed to overcome resistance of storeowners to new products and to create demand for …

  • Walking the Path Together

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Health Equity
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    • Infancy (ages 0-2) icon
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
    • Children (ages 6-12) icon
    • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
    • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
    • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
    • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
    • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
    • Canada
    • English
    • Mental Health Icon 2
    • Preventing Violence Icon 1

    Eagle Feather Workers based in five on-reserve women’s shelters in Alberta provide one-on-one support to First Nations children who have lived within family violence. Walking the Path Together (WTPT) is a collaborative learning project initially comprised of eight organizations. By …