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  • Background

    BP-Net adopted the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Portal Aboriginal Ways Tried and True (WTT) Framework¹ (2016) to identify Canadian post-secondary student mental health and well-being practices that have been developed with or by Indigenous communities and have demonstrated a positive effect on target groups. Based on their assessment approach and methodology in the WTT Guidebook, a companion submission form and a reviewer tool were created to operationalize the application process. Minor adaptions were made to reflect the post-secondary student mental health context (e.g., adding examples). See the WTT Guidebook to learn about the development of their framework.

    Please contact info@bp-net.ca if you have any questions during the review process.

    ¹ BP-Net adopted the Aboriginal Ways Tried and True Framework (2016) by PHAC with permission from Freda Burkholder, Manager, Public Health Capacity and Knowledge Management Unit, PHAC, Ontario Region. Minor adaptations were made for the post-secondary mental health context and application process. See Appendix A in the Submission Guide for information about permission and use of materials.

     

  • Definitions

    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.

    Indigenous: The terms “Indigenous” and “Aboriginal” are used interchangeably to refer to the original inhabitants of Canada and their descendants including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as defined in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982. The term “Indigenous” is used in this application process.

    Practice: In this application, practice refers to, but is not limited to, a program, service, strategy, framework, or policy that supports post-secondary student mental health. Other types of materials or resources will be considered (e.g., toolkits, curriculum, etc.).

    Ways Tried and True: 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.

  • Instructions

    Use the guiding statements and checkboxes below to rate the practice.  Give the practice a score (1 to 4) on each Ways Tried and True assessment criteria as well a total score out of a possible of 24. Provide a brief rationale prepared for each rating assigned for each criteria category. Practices must have a total score of 16 or higher to be designated the ‘Ways Tried and True’ best practice category.

    Final practice designation of the ‘Ways Tried and True category’ will be based on:

    1) Practices meeting the screening criteria,

    2) An independent rating process from each reviewer, and

    3) Consensus from all reviewers based on a facilitated group meeting.