Evidence informed practice is used to design health promoting initiatives using information about what works. It is also a way to evaluate our own practice and programs in an ongoing way to demonstrate if anyone is better off.

Evidence informed practice joins research with patient values and knowledge.  It connects local practitioner experience with other expertise. This way, we support health promotion practice with theory while remaining flexible, innovative, and responsive.

We need evidence about:

When using evidence in health promotion practice, we would:

Where to go for evidence:

Evidence used in health promotion could come from service data or evaluations, or from the broad research base. Research evidence can be found in population health statistics, scientific journals and other publications. For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, local government reports or national policies or discussion papers may have the evidence needed to support your activity.