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Best and Promising Practices

Commissioned Corps Officer

What are best (evidence-based) practices, promising practices, and local efforts?

  • Best Practice (i.e., Evidence-Based Practice)
    A program formally evaluated to be effective and able to be replicated and implemented with appropriate modifications in other settings.
  • Promising Practice
    A program not yet formally evaluated but identified by experts as a program with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.
  • Local Effort
    A program or activity that has not been evaluated but is identified by local programs as producing positive results.
  • Resource
    Information or material that might help develop a program or project in a community but cannot be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

IHS supports using Best and Promisting Practices to:

  • Assist our AI/AN communities with getting the information and health services they need;
  • Improve informed consultation with Tribal and Urban programs by facilitating transparency in Indian Health Service (IHS) and IHS supported activities; and,
  • Highlight the great work that occurs in the field.

Best and Promising Practices Resources: