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Online Resources Related to Feature Article 652

1. Dotmocracy Handbook
Online, available at: http://www.dotmocracy.org/download/cooptools_dotmocracy_handbook_1-00.pdf

This document is a handbook of instructions and worksheets for various methods of applying dotmocracy with groups. The handbook also contains great facilitation tips and advanced dotmocracy techniques.

2. Evidence-Informed Practice Resources
Online, available at: http://www.mdfilestorage.com/thcu/pubs/782702534.doc

This is a list of hotlinked, annotated resources organized according to the National Collaborating Centres for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) seven stages in evidence-informed public health. It includes resources to increase understanding, show examples and build capacity, related to using evidence-informed decision making, decision-making frameworks and other questions and answers related to evidence-informed practices.

3. Generating New Ideas – Think Differently and Spark Creativity
Online, available at http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCT_88.htm

This is an article that provides some strategies for idea generation and methods for encouraging groups to break their existing thought patterns and shift their perspective.

4. Online Health Promotion Planner (OHPP): 

4.a. OHPP – Step 3, Set Goals, Audiences and Outcome Objectives
Online, available at: http://www.thcu.ca/ohpp/learning_centre.cfm?view=tmm_how_to_do

This page/section within the online health promotion planner provides tips and tools to help with prioritization for goal setting, selecting audiences and defining outcome objectives.

4.b. OHPP – Worksheet 4.2, Assess and Choose Activities
Online, available at: http://www.thcu.ca/ohpp/view.cfm?stepID=8&worksheetID=14

This worksheet includes five questions that will help users create an activity assessment table, work through the table and generate a final list of activities to be included in a program plan.

4.c. OHPP – Step 5, Develop Indicators
Online, available at: http://www.thcu.ca/ohpp/learning_centre.cfm?view=tmm_how_to_do

Within the information to support this step of the online health promotion planner are tips and considerations regarding prioritization criteria.

5. Setting Priorities – Strategic Techniques for Groups - Slideshow and link to audio
Online, available at: http://www.thcu.ca/infoandresources/resource_display.cfm?resourceID=1237

This page provides the audio file and accompanying slide deck for THCU’s webinar on priority setting, as well as links to other THCU planning tools. The webinar reviews the four tools referred to in the article, providing additional examples and tips regarding their use.

6. The Health Communication Unit (THCU) Consultation Services--Requests for Consultation Support
Online at: http://www.thcu.ca/consultation/request_form.htm

THCU offers free consultations to those working on Ontario-focused projects. Consultation type and scope can vary depending upon need and include: short training sessions; brief, one-time advice; review work or product; hands-on assistance working through THCU step models; and links to other sources of information and resources.

7. Useful Tools for Program Planning
Online, available at: http://www.thcu.ca/infoandresources/resource_display.cfm?resourceID=1081

This THCU toolkit suggests tools that can be used for each step in THCU's 6-step program planning process. Methods to involve stakeholders, develop and manage timelines, collect and manage data, and prioritize and make decisions and included. Links to online tools and/or example are provided.