Tools and Publications


What\'s in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

What's in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

Dec. 14, 2018 in Articles
Two members of our evaluation team visited Vancouver in November to attend the Canadian Evaluation Society BC Chapter’s 2018 Provincial Conference. With the theme What’s in Your Evaluation Toolbox?, the conference ...
Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In September, our Community Engagement Coordinator Celeste Zimmer, alongside almost 400 other participants from around the world, attended the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference in Victoria, B...
Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In the last half-century, the planner’s role and responsibilities have changed remarkably. Traditionally, planners worked to build and maintain the infrastructure of the public realm. In contrast, the issues that planners now grapple ...
Introducing Shannon Clarke, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Introducing Shannon Clarke, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Oct. 16, 2018 in Articles
Meet Shannon Clarke, MPH — one of our Community Well-being Specialists. Though Shannon’s degree is in public health, her graduate degree included a focus on social policy as well as work in planning. As a result, she’s ab...
A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

Oct. 16, 2018 in Articles
Place affects our health in multiple, powerful ways. In fact, it’s now known that the majority of individual health outcomes actually depend on the environment that we live in, rather than our genetic makeup (Raphael, 2009). However, ...
Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Jul. 5, 2018 in Articles
Cassidy Paxton, BA is one of BC Healthy Communities' Researchers. Cassidy joined our team in early 2018 when she came to do her practicum during her final semester at UVic, graduating this June with a Major in Health and Community Services ...
Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Assessment process

Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Assessment process

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
By Sarah Ravlic, MPlan   Healthy Housing in British ColumbiaThe province recently introduced legislation to make housing needs assessments mandatory for local governments. These assessments, intended to better support planning fo...
Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
Characteristics of the built environment in which community members live, work, play, and learn have an impact on mental health. Community design decisions made today can have lasting impacts on your community, creating elements that will i...
Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

May. 17, 2018 in Articles
Jennifer Butcher, MPH is one of BC Healthy Communities' Community Well-being Specialists. Jen spent the last several years applying her population health savvy and asset-based approach to roles in learning facilitation and sustainabili...
Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Mar. 1, 2018 in Articles
Meet Sarah, a wonderful member of our interdisciplinary team and one of two Healthy Communities Planners we have on staff. Sarah is a sustainability-minded community planner who believes that through innovative and authentic comm...
The Foundations for Effective Public Participation

The Foundations for Effective Public Participation

Nov. 20, 2017 in Articles
At BC Healthy Communities (BCHC), we identify community engagement as one of our seven guiding principles in supporting communities towards better health. As BC’s Healthy-Community leaders, we know that meaningful engagement strategie...
Resilient Streets Toolkit

Resilient Streets Toolkit

Dec. 28, 2016 in Articles
This toolkit is designed to help you (and your neighbours!) start making your building, street or block more resilient with some fun, hands-on projects. We’re deliberately suggesting projects that can be done by small groups of people...
Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Sep. 16, 2016 in Articles
How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities?” Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and l...
Laughing Allowed: A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience

Laughing Allowed: A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience

Jun. 8, 2016 in Articles
In the fall of 2014, a group of people in Victoria, Canada who shared both an interest in their neighbourhood and a quirky sense of humour were brought together to explore a question: Could they turn their experiences of the ups and...
Increasing Our Ability to Evaluate Complexity

Increasing Our Ability to Evaluate Complexity

Dec. 8, 2015 in Articles
The following article was reprinted with permission from fsg.org. Find the original article from Oct. 22 here. Evaluation can be a powerful force for change within organizations. As a result of how we assess our efforts, we pay attention t...
Getting to Impact: Beyond Population Level Indicators

Getting to Impact: Beyond Population Level Indicators

Oct. 6, 2015 in Articles
The following has been reprinted from the September issue of Engage! magazine. Collective Impact has increased our focus on moving the needle on population level changes. John Kania, Managing Partner of FSG Social Impact Consultants a...