Aboriginal Ways Tried and True: good public health practices in Aboriginal communities

Ways Tried and True (WTT) refers to successful practices implemented in First Nations, Inuit and Métis contexts to address local challenges. Success is measured by effectiveness and how the intervention was designed and carried out. WTT includes public health interventions that have been developed with or by Aboriginal communities and have demonstrated a positive effect on target groups. These interventions have undergone a rigorous, culturally-relevant assessment process based on the following six criteria: basis in the community, wholistic approach, integration of Indigenous cultural knowledge, building on community strengths and needs, partnership/collaboration and demonstrated effectiveness. Accepted standards of evidence include both Aboriginal and academic research approaches.

Interventions posted on the WTT website are based on best available evidence of successful public health interventions occurring in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities (urban and rural). All interventions have been assessed using a culturally-relevant, inclusive, and validated framework.

WTT Guidebook_English (PDF)

WTT Guidebook_French (PDF)


Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

AMCHP Best Practices Program collects, reviews and disseminates cutting-edge, emerging, promising, and best practices from public health programs across the U.S. so that effective models can be shared and replicated among the Maternal and Child Health community.


Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program provides the scientific evidence behind 8 effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can be implemented in health care systems. The guide is a resource for health departments, decision-makers, public health professionals, and other stakeholders interested in using evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health.


Health Standards Organization (HSO)

The HSO Leading Practices Library is a knowledge sharing resource of innovative practices that have been identified through a rigorous evaluation process and shared with the public, policymakers and organizations who are seeking ways to improve the quality of health services for all.


Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

The PHAC Canadian Best Practices Portal is a consolidated one-stop shop for health professionals and public health decision-makers that provides access to a compilation of credible resources and solutions to plan programs for promoting health and preventing diseases for populations and communities.


University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

The University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s Strategy Design and Evaluation Initiative aims to understand what are the principles of good strategy design and testing these principles empirically to understand what works in what context. The Initiative provides support to governments and NGOs in designing and evaluating complex strategies and provides a platform for knowledge translation and community building.