The Wisconsin Promising Practices (WPP) program (PDF, 93 KB) is one component of the What Works: Reducing Health Disparities in Wisconsin Communities project.
The overall goal of the What Works project is to identify and disseminate public health interventions that will help reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in Wisconsin. The WPP program aims to:
- Develop a model for identifying local programs that show promise in improving health in racial and ethnic minority communities.
- Recognize and support these programs by providing technical assistance for program planning and evaluation.
- Assist these programs to document their efforts and outcomes so that others can learn from their examples.
Development of the WPP has taken place through a pilot process. Programs or interventions were selected to participate in the pilot based on criteria which mirrored the Wisconsin Promising Practice's definition of a promising practice. Each selected participant completed a Program Summary through an active technical assistance phase provided by What Works project staff. The summaries document each program's context, strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned. The summaries are published and disseminated to area minority health stakeholders.
A promising practice is defined as a practice or program that:
- Focuses on improving health in a racial or ethnic minority population.
- Produces at least one positive outcome that can be demonstrated with systematically collected quantitative and/or qualitative data.
- Is based to some degree on proven practices from the research literature and/or the experience of community practitioners and leaders.
- Is well-suited to its context in terms of language, belief systems and other cultural factors.