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View Susan Truppe Profile
CPC (ON)
I'd like to welcome everyone. Thank you for coming today.
It's the beginning of our new study. We're really looking for promising practices, as we said, or best practices, so we really appreciate some of the information you've given us.
I'd like to start with Kimberly. You had a wealth of information that you were giving. One thing you touched on was, I think you said, a best practices portal. I think you said there were 80 best practices there.
Could you tell us a bit more about that? This might be something we'd like to include if you have best practices there already.
Kimberly Elmslie
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Kimberly Elmslie
2014-11-20 9:27
Yes, absolutely. The Canadian Best Practices Portal is a mechanism we use at the Public Health Agency of Canada to fulfill our mandate in sharing what we know about the evidence on best practices. We receive submissions from organizations both nationally and internationally to have their programs reviewed as a best practice. They're put through a rigorous methodology, and at the end of that process we determine whether or not they can be designated as a best practice.
One of the key criteria is that a fulsome evaluation be done of the intervention, because as you will well know, oftentimes organizations are finding it difficult to determine which programs are most likely to be effective. Once they start to implement programs, even if they're not effective, it's sometimes hard for them to stop.
What we're trying to do is, up front, give organizations evidence-based practices that they can look at, adapt, and go to the research community to talk about further as to how they apply in their context. Through that process, we have programs that cover a wide range of violence prevention practices that have been determined through a rigorous process to be effective.
View Susan Truppe Profile
CPC (ON)
How does one know about this portal in order to give you the information to evaluate and make it number 81 on there?
Kimberly Elmslie
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Kimberly Elmslie
2014-11-20 9:29
Through the public health community, we make the portal well known through that network. We rely on our public health colleagues to spread the word beyond to others. We also interact with academic institutions. They're almost always involved in some way in the evaluation of these programs. They also are aware of the Canadian Best Practices Portal.
We're always looking for new ways to bring greater visibility to this work. We are right now in the process of evaluating the portal and we will, through that process, find better and more effective ways, hopefully using social media, to reach out further and ensure that those who need to know about these interventions know.
View Susan Truppe Profile
CPC (ON)
That's a great idea. Thank you.
You probably don't remember everything that's on there, but is there anything that stands out as a best practice, something that you think was just a great idea?
Kimberly Elmslie
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Kimberly Elmslie
2014-11-20 9:30
Let me tell you about one of our children's programs that is offered in Toronto. It is called Connections. The program in Toronto that runs this is called Breaking the Cycle. Under that program they have put in place opportunity for women experiencing violence to receive services and counselling and to come to a safe place to discuss their issues and get the support they need, and also to get the referrals in the community to sustain support that will help them break the cycle of violence and hopefully not be re-victimized.
That's one example. There are many. I know that as you do the study you're going to be very impressed as you look across the country by the number of dedicated community organizations that are leveraging funding and expertise to make a difference in violence against women and children.
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