Interventions for the Canadian Best Practices Portal undergo a rigorous assessment. The inclusion and exclusion criteria used in this process are identified below.
Process for Review:
- The intervention must satisfy the five required criteria to be considered a Best Practice.
- If the intervention meets all five required criteria, further assessment by PHAC will be conducted for the quality and rigor of the evaluation report.
Type of intervention is appropriate:
- Focuses on a population health or community-based approach.
- Addresses health determinants.
- Designed for primary or secondary prevention, or reducing risk factors, or promoting protective factors.
** Clinical program/service provided for individual treatment or individual behaviour change is to be excluded **
Evaluation of intervention:
- Described in the form of a report or peer-reviewed journal article.
- Meets quality and rigour criteria appropriate to study design.
** Pilot studies and studies with small sample sizes are to be excluded **
- Evidence of effectiveness in eliciting desired changes i.e. positive effect on health related outcomes.
Replicability and Adaptability:
- Available evidence demonstrates that the intervention is beyond the pilot stage and has been replicated at least once. Longitudinal studies are not considered as being replicated.
- Authoritative/credible source of the intervention with contact information readily available.
- Interventions must have been developed free of commercial interests that may compromise integrity.