Promising Practices

The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Filed under Local, Good Idea, Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations

Goal: The program's mission is to bring community members together to provide food for the hungry by promoting sustainable use of excess resources.

Filed under Effective Practice, Environment / Energy & Sustainability, Urban

Goal: Besides attempting to prevent rolling blackouts, the City of San Jose wanted to participate in the water conservation program to reduce the amount of treated wastewater that is released into San Francisco Bay.
Specific goals included:
-Continue to support SCVWD's mission of water supply and management in spite of external power interruptions,
- Provide 24-hour battery backup for SCADA instrumentation and communications,
-Provide indefinite power backup via backup generators for critical source pumping, water treatment and emergency operations, and
- Reduce HVAC and lighting use to prudent levels.

Filed under Effective Practice, Economy / Employment

Goal: The mission of CET, an economic and community development corporation, is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills, training and supportive services that contribute to self sufficiency.

Filed under Effective Practice, Education / Higher Education, Teens

Goal: Downtown Colled Prep's mission is to prepare underachieving students—who will be the first in their families to go to college—to thrive at four-year universities.

Filed under Good Idea, Transportation / Alternative Travel, Children, Teens, Adults, Families, Urban

Goal: The project's mission is to encourage car free, carefree travel to and around Santa Barbara for cleaner air and a healthier planet.

Filed under Effective Practice, Economy / Employment

Goal: The goal of this program is to help high-risk youth develop marketable skills and to instill in students the values of dignity, responsibility and community.

Filed under Good Idea, Art & Recreation / Music, Elderly

Goal: The Young at Heart Project aims to provide the therapeutic benefits of music and entertainment for senior citizens in convalescent and residential care facilities throughout Central and Northern California.

Note: This practice has been Archived.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Urban

Goal: The goal of this promising practice was to reduce television, videotape, and video game use.

Note: This practice has been Archived.

Filed under Effective Practice, Environment / Energy & Sustainability, Urban

Goal: The goals of the KPIs are to ensure optimal efficiency as well as cost control and functionality.

Note: This practice has been Archived.

Filed under Effective Practice, Environment / Energy & Sustainability, Urban

Goal: The goal of this program is to improve energy efficiency at Cypress Semiconductor.

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