best/promising practices of multi-sectoral collaboratives

One component of Healthy Communities and the Built Environment project (led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition) was the description of good examples that illustrate best and promising practices and principles of multi-sectoral collaboratives. Specifically, the interest was to identify collaborative initiatives that are making efforts to create positive changes in public health through changes in the built environment and/or land use planning and to present the activities, processes and principles used by these initiatives so that others could learn from them in developing their own initiatives.

The CRC undertook case studies of several projects, working with participants to develop a report that contains descriptions of best/promising practices of multi-sectoral collaboratives.  You can download Part 1 and/or Part 2 of the final report "Healthy Communities and the Built Environment: Principles and practices of multi-sectoral collaboratives" from the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition website.

Healthy Communities and the Built Environment: Principles and practices of multi-sectoral collaboratives

This report is a set of seven case studies focused on the experiences, lessons and best, good, and promising practices and principles of multisectoral collaboratives working to create healthier communities through community design, land use planning and planning policy development in Ontario. The studies were developed through contributions from members of the collaboratives who where interested in sharing successes and insights, and advance best or promising practices or principles...
The case studies reported here cross the province, although the majority of them are in Southern Ontario. Also, each case study is of a collaborative that is unique – although there are also many similarities. For example many collaboratives involved leadership or strong participation from health units and departments. Dundas Street Bike Lanes and Communities In Action, Haliburton, which had stronger involvment of community groups/agencies and local residents, are notable exceptions. Other key players included community groups, planners and town councilors. The collaboratives range from those that are quite informal (Call to Action, Timiskaming) to those that are more formal (walkOn). Contexts also differed. For example, the Dundas Stree East Bike Lanes spoke of conflict and resistance, whereas the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit spoke of a readiness to cooperate on the part of others in their local context...
The strength of these case studies is that they offer suggestions, recommendations, and innovative ideas and insights around practices and principles of multisectoral collaboratives. (from the Report Summary, page iii)

Associates: Eric Tucs, Beth Dempster

Lead Agency: Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

Funder: Public Health Agency of Canada

Dates: Dec 2007 - Oct 2008