Scoping review of practice-focused resources to support the implementation of place-based approaches

Klepac Pogrmilovic, Bojana ORCID: 0000-0002-9141-1862, Branch, Sara ORCID: 0000-0003-3193-7237, McVey, Laura, Mowle, Amy ORCID: 0000-0002-0272-9044, Riley, Therese ORCID: 0000-0003-1444-6890 and Craike, Melinda ORCID: 0000-0002-7374-1286 (2023) Scoping review of practice-focused resources to support the implementation of place-based approaches. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. ISSN 1036-1073


Issue Addressed There is increasing interest across public health research, policy, and practice in place‐based approaches to improve health outcomes. Practice‐focused resources, such as grey literature, courses and websites, are utilised by practitioners to support the implementation of place‐based approaches. Methods A detailed search of two search engines: Google and DuckDuckGo to identify free practice‐focused resources was conducted. Results Forty‐one resources met inclusion criteria, including 26 publications, 13 web‐based resources and two courses. They were mainly focused on collaboration, developed by not‐for‐profit organisations, focused on a broad target audience, and supported people living with disadvantage. The publications we reviewed generally: clearly stated important information, such as the author of the publication; used their own evaluations, professional experience and other grey literature as supporting evidence; included specific, practical implementation strategies; and were easy to read. Conclusions Based on findings, we recommend that: (1) the development of resources to support evidence‐informed practice and governance be prioritised; (2) resources clearly state their target audience and tailor communication to this audience; (3) resources draw on evidence from a range of sources; (4) resources continue to include practical implementation strategies supported by examples and (5) resource content be adaptable to different contexts (e.g., different settings and/or target populations). So What? This is the first review of practice‐focused resources to support the implementation of place‐based approaches and the findings can be used to reduce duplication of efforts and inform future research, policy, and practice, particularly the refinement of existing resources and the development of future resources.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1002/hpja.809
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4206 Public health
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Current > Division/Research > Mitchell Institute
Keywords public health, free resources, evidence-informed practice, grey literature
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