Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

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Use this quick start reference sheet to help you and your team consider where to enter the policy process, the type of influence or change you want to achieve and to provide examples of indicators for policy influence or change. Ideally, this quick reference guide is for individuals and/or organizations who are engaged in research, policy analysis or inquiry, and advocacy that work towards healthy public policies and healthy communities. 

HPP Quick Start Reference

Open Space (Technology) is a simple way to run productive meetings for five to 2000 people and a powerful approach to self-directed leadership and engagement in any organization or community setting.

- Open Space World 

Describes community-based strategies and initiatives to reduce poverty, including measures related to poverty and low income and strategies directed at early childhood development. Poverty reduction strategies from various communities are examined.
– Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement

Offers local authorities, health practitioners, and politicians an introduction to the asset model approach and principles and gives examples of how it is being used in England. It also outlines a set of coherent and structured tools that put asset model principles into practice.

– Improvement and Development Agency

This guide provides examples of capacity inventories developed and used by different communities across the United States, as well as practical reasons and valuable tips for conducting and using capacity inventories in your community. 

– John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, and Geralyn Sheehan

Contains information on the living wage, a living wage calculator, videos, and fact sheets about the living wage and public policy information.
– First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

Introduces asset inventories and their practical application to support municipalities in preparing, conducting and utilizing a community resource inventory.

Topics addressed include an overview of the community resource inventory, applications and relationship to community vision and goals, and how to prepare for community asset mapping. Resources, templates and worksheets are also included.

– Government of Saskatchewan

Children skateboarding to school; communities working together to remove barriers that keep members of some groups from being physically active; residents seamlessly transitioning between cycling, taking transit and walking; families strolling to local playgrounds and trails; new immigrants to the area being welcomed with free bike safety courses; bike repair stations scattered in handy spots along the regional trail network: all of these visions and more are part of People Power, an innovative new program from the Capital Regional District (CRD).

This guide provides examples from across the province of the many different ways local governments in BC are taking action to strengthen their local food systems. 

– Provincial Health Services Authority

Are you finding all the information available on public participation a little bit disorienting?

This journal article is an analytical tool that can be used when sorting through various public engagement methods. It develops a typology of public engagement mechanisms. It clarifies what public engagement entails and does not entail and how the various mechanisms are similar or dissimilar.

– Gene Rowe and Lynn J. Frewer, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 30 No. 2