IDM Best Practices Resources

Note: Click here to go to French language resources about the IDM, in French the MDI (Modèle des domaines interactifs).

1-2-3 IDM Best Practices Quick Start

to using the Interactive Domain Model (IDM) for better health

One: get acquainted with the IDM

IDM in a nutshell

Two: if the IDM looks like a good fit

People happy to talk about the IDM

Three: apply the IDM

Resources to guide the IDM process

To view or download IDM resources visit IDM Best Practices at

IDM Best Practices Manual to Achieve Better Health

The IDM Manual: a guide to the IDM (Interactive Domain Model) Best Practices Approach to Better Health. Kahan, B., & Goodstadt, M. (May, 2005, 3rd edition). Toronto: Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto.

To download a pdf version of the IDM Manual for Best Practices in Health Promotion, click on the sections listed below. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher is required to view the document on the screen. Downloading may take a few moments. For Word versions go to

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IDM Best Practices Road Map for Coaches

IDM Best Practices Road Map for Coaches. Kahan, B., & Goodstadt, M. (May, 2005).

The IDM Best Practices Road Map for Coaches, a guide to using the Interactive Domain Model for better health, contains 11 modules with 34 exercises, based on several years of workshop results. The modules are designed to familiarize participants with IDM concepts and to produce a first draft of the Framework.

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IDM best practices follow-up

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best practices article

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IDM Best Practices Computer Program

The Interactive Domain Model Computer Program for Best Practices in Health Promotion, 2.12a. Kahan, B., & Goodstadt, M. (October, 2001).

To download
click here. WinZip is required to unzip the files when they are downloaded. When they are unzipped, click on the file Setup.exe for installation onto your computer. Read the file computer instructions 2.12.doc for more information about using the program.

The computer program assists individuals and groups to work through the IDM Framework. Each "button" represents the application of one Framework step to a specific subdomain. Click a button to open a window where text can be entered. Any number of windows can be open on the screen at any one time, arranged either so all show on the screen at the same time (tiled) or stacked one on top of another (cascade). The program includes a number of "help" features: (a) Right click on headings for an explanation of the heading. (b) Click on Help on top of screen, then Contents, for background information about the Interactive Domain Model, the IDM Framework, and how to use the Framework. (c) Right click on a button for: definitions of terms, description of what the particular window is about, application possibilities for this section of the Framework, guiding questions, and a checklist of points to remember.

This is what the computer screen looks like when the program is loaded:

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IDM Best Practices Framework example

The tables below illustrate what Steps 1 and 2 of the Framework for values and evidence might look like if applied to the imaginary group ABC.

re. values and evidence: Against Breast Cancer, a hypothetical application of the IDM Framework
ABC (Against Breast Cancer) was formed a couple of months ago, when over 50 people - women with breast cancer, family members, health professionals, and other concerned citizens ¾ met to address the issue of breast cancer in their community. It was decided the main goals would be prevention of breast cancer and improving quality of life for breast cancer survivors. ABC currently receives no funding from government, corporations, or other organizations; it is dependent on memberships, donations, and volunteer time. There is an elected executive, and no paid staff. At the last meeting of the executive, the executive decided to use the IDM Operational Framework as a planning tool in the identification and implementation of a best practices approach to health promotion in addressing the issue of breast cancer. They set aside one day last month to begin applying the Framework to their initiative. What they accomplished at that time concerning the application of the Framework to "values" and "evidence" is found in the tables below.

IDM Framework example for values
IDM Framework example for evidence

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example for evidence:

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Building Consistency Between Practice and Other Domains

The major focus of the IDM approach to best practices is to build consistency between practice and underpinnings and between practice and understanding of the environment. The explanation, diagram, worksheet, example, and check-in forms below are an attempt to identify a process for achieving consistency.

explanation of diagram

The diagram below, an IDM Logic Model, shows how practice can be linked to underpinnings and understanding of the environment through sets of practice-focused objectives for values, theories and other sub-domains. The diagram illustrates how to build a logical relationship between practice and the other domains by outlining key steps designed to plan and evaluate for consistency between the domains. A brief description of these steps follows.

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the diagram

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planning and evaluation worksheet to build consistency between practice and other domains

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example of filled out IDM Logic Model for consistency between values and practice

This example was prepared by Barbara Kahan for use by Kael Consulting in its own practice.

objectives checklist for guidelines to implement values in practice

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values criteria: list of values

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practice sub-domain: address organizational issues

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practice sub-domain: address health/social issues

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practice sub-domain: conduct research/evaluation

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check-in forms

Click here to download a pdf version of the Best Practices Check-In Forms. These forms are designed for brief informal check-ins requiring little preparation. They focus on how underpinnings and understanding of the environment sub-domains are reflected in practice, and how to increase consistency between practice and the other domains. Click here if you would prefer a version in MS Word to allow groups to type directly into the forms on the computer.

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Description of IDM Website and Other IDM Resources

This two-page flyer describes the contents of the IDM website and lists the IDM resources available on the website. It is useful for posting or sending to individuals and groups interested in best practices in health promotion, public health and population health.

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Values-Based Evaluation

Values-Based Evaluation. Kahan, B., & Bang, D. (June 2005).
set of slides was presented in Stockholm at the 6th IUPHE European Conference on the Effectiveness and Quality on Health Promotion - Best Practice for Better Health. It focuses on values shaping how we conduct our evaluations, and using evaluation to judge whether values are integrated into practice.

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pilot testing reports

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workshop design/delivery

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practitioners scan

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Interactive Domain Model (IDM)/Modèle des domaines interactifs (MDI)

Interactive Domain Model (IDM)/Modèle des domaines interactifs (MDI) PowerPoint Presentation. Kahan, B., Fontaine, C., Schultz, P., & Goodstadt, M., 2005.

This set of informational slides includes a detailed time line of the IDM/MDI's development.

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IDM Trainers

The following people (arranged in alphabetical order by last name) are available to provide training in IDM concepts and practice. Note that there might be a range of training approaches and understanding of the IDM amongst them. Contact each of them for these details and others such as availability, cost, language, ability to travel, and whether they prefer to facilitate individually or in a pair.

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