Tools and Publications


Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Jun. 17, 2019 in Articles
Image: BC Healthy Communities' Research and Evaluation Specialist Diana Gresku (L) poses with Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People and the facilitator of Bridges to Empathy, one of the sessions at this year's Canadian Evaluation Society C...
Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Feb. 7, 2019 in Articles
Evaluation matters. Our team at BC Healthy Communities integrates evaluation into all aspects of our work– from start to finish. Evaluation is the process of critically examining what we do and how we do it, so we can understand the ...
Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Feb. 5, 2019 in Articles
Youth leadership evolves leaps and bounds in the City of Victoria. In the spring of 2004, then-youth coordinator Chelsea Peddle had an idea. She saw a gap between city politics and young peoples’ needs in the City of Victoria, and wan...
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 ...
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, ...
Focus on equity and health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Report process

Focus on equity and health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Report process

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
By Sarah Ravlic, MPlan   Healthy Housing in British ColumbiaThe province recently introduced legislation to make housing needs reports (HNRs) mandatory for local governments. These reports, intended to better support planning for...
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...