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.

Learn more about the framework including, the rational for the project, the foundation and methodology of the framework, how the framework is being operationalized and applied, future work, and the assessment rubric:

Ways tried and true: Aboriginal methodological framework for the Canadian Best Practices Initiative (PDF)

Cadre des méthodes autochtones éprouvées pour l’initiative canadienne des pratiques exemplaires (PDF)

The Guidebook provides additional detail on how the framework was developed and how it is used to assess initiatives:

WTT Guidebook_English (PDF)

WTT Guidebook_French (PDF)