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Click on the following topics for an introduction to the IDM Framework. (This information is excerpted from the IDM Manual for Best Practices in Health Promotion by Barbara Kahan and Michael Goodstadt, April 2002.)
The IDM Best Practices Framework, the practical application of the IDM, is a multi-purpose "change" tool for practitioners and organizations in any situation who want to pursue a best practices approach to health promotion. Using a health promotion filter to ensure that practice is consistent with health promotion underpinnings and understanding of the environment, the IDM Framework can help to:
The application of the IDM to practice involves ongoing questioning and reflection:
Down the side of the Framework are the domains and subdomains from the IDM, that is, underpinnings (values, goals and ethics, theories and beliefs, evidence), understanding of the environment (vision and analysis), and practice (responding to issues, and research and evaluation). These act as a health promotion filter for the Framework's steps.Back to top
The steps listed at the top of the IDM Best Practices Framework are meant to be used "organically" rather than linearly, that is, according to the demands of our particular situation and how we work best rather than in a set order. (Click here to see what the Framework looks like.)
In other words, the Framework leads us through a process where we answer the following questions about our activities and programs:
The IDM Evidence Framework for best practices is the "offspring" of the general IDM Best Practices Framework and is to be used in conjunction with it. Its steps are:
To effectively use the IDM Framework requires:
The alphabetical list that follows defines key terms as they are used in the IDM approach to best practices in health promotion.
action and evaluation plan
best practices in health promotion
determinants of health
health promotion criteria and guiding principles
healthy public policy
picture of ideal situation
underlying beliefs and assumptions
understanding of the environment
With all those boxes in a table format, isn't the Framework too rigid for health promotion work, which is all about people and not about straight lines?
Do we have to do the whole Framework?
What does the underlying premise of the Model actually mean, that the quality and value of practice depend on the degrees of awareness, articulation, clarity, and reflection associated with each of its categories?
How does the IDM fit with an evidence-based approach?
Who can use the Framework?
Why do we need the IDM Framework - aren't there other planning tools out there already that we can use?
Other planning tools have some of the features of the IDM Framework, but none have all of them. The IDM Framework combines features from other health promotion frameworks in a unique way to make it:
In addition, it unexpectedly turns out that the IDM is more than a planning and evaluation tool. Sites have found it helpful in a number of other ways as well, for example as a communication tool and a team-building tool.
How do you know we wouldn't come up with the same results without using the IDM Framework?
We have too much to do already - why would we want to spend time on the Framework?
Even if we want to use the Framework, where will we find the time in our overwhelmingly busy workdays?
The IDM looks really complex and overwhelming - is it possible for most of us to get a real grip on it and use the IDM Framework effectively?
How can we use the IDM when working with community - aren't the language and the concepts too complicated?
Everyone is at such different levels regarding experience and understanding, how is it possible to work together on the Framework?
Taking account of diversity is so central to health promotion work; in what ways does the IDM reflect diversity, or is it suitable only for mainstream groups?
Why do we need to bother with the first column of the Framework, that is, developing a set of general health promotion criteria and guiding principles?
Having a set of general health promotion criteria and guiding principles serves a number of purposes. We can use it as:
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