Below is a list of definitions of key terms that are used throughout the application process. Appendix B in the Submission Guide provides a comprehensive list of definitions and their sources.
Equity: Fairness in the distribution of health and the social determinants of health among people.
Equity-deserving Groups: Populations within a community that are marginalized or are constrained by existing structures and practices.
Practice: In this application, practice refers to, but is not limited to, a program, service, strategy, or framework that supports post-secondary student mental health. Other types of materials or resources will be considered (e.g., toolkits, curriculum, etc.).
Quality Improvement: A process that includes identifying a problem, developing a plan, carrying out the plan, reflecting on whether this action was effective, and determining a course of action based on outcomes. For the Best Practices Guide, quality improvement also includes ongoing management review and continuous improvement processes for policies, strategies, and health promotion programs.
Source: In the foundation criteria throughout the evaluation categories, source refers to theories, guidelines, standards, frameworks, research, practices, or models that informed the practice.