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The Canadian Best Practices Portal includes three types of interventions: Best Practices, Promising Practices and Aboriginal ‘Ways Tried and True’.

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Promising Practices

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.

Aboriginal Ways Tried and True

Aboriginal ‘Ways Tried and True’ (WTT) refers to successful practices implemented in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis contexts to address local challenges. Success is measured not only by effectiveness, but also by how the intervention was designed and carried out. Interventions are intended to inspire and support public health practitioners, program developers, evaluators, and others by sharing information on programs and processes that have worked in Aboriginal contexts.

Best Practices

A Best Practice is defined as an intervention, program, or initiative that has, through multiple implementations, demonstrated: high impact (positive changes related to the desired goals), high adaptability (successful adaptation and transferability to different settings), and high quality of evidence (excellent quality of research/evaluation methodology, confirming the intervention’s high impact and adaptability evidence).

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Intervention Focus

Behaviour-Related Risk

Prevention of Diseases

Promoting Health


Community Settings

Educational Settings

Determinants of Health

Health Promotion Strategy