Resource Topics

HC Link maintains resource listings that offer a range of relevant information, research, strategies and tools on a variety of topics to support the development of healthy communities. For each of the topics listed in the left-hand menu, you will find resources developed by HC Link and other credible organizations.

Our Latest Resources


What Successful Partnerships Do: 6 Key Activities

HC Link | 2017

Today, more and more organizations are being called upon to work in partnership, and so having capacity for developing and maintaining effective partnerships has become necessary. This factsheet outlines 6 key activities of successful community partnerships.



Participatory Evaluation Toolkit

HC Link | 2017

The toolkit (also in French) defines evaluation, identifies what makes participatory evaluation unique, and reviews some important considerations for any evaluation. It describes key qualities to make sure your participatory evaluation activities are both empowering and effective, and outlines steps for coordinating evaluation activities. Following this, are descriptions of seven participatory evaluation techniques to help you(re)inform, (re)align, and (re)energize your collaborative efforts.




Facilitation for Healthy Communities Toolkit

HC Link | 2017

This toolkit provides a quick and easy reference guide to using seven different facilitation techniques: Ice Breakers, Visioning, 1-2-4-All, Wise Crowds, Appreciative Inquiry, Generating & Prioritizing Ideas, and Popular Theatre.




Civic Engagement: An essential ingredient of healthy communities

HC Link | 2016

This resource explores civic engagement and how it relates to the development of Healthy Communities. It also offers ideas for promoting engagement within the civic realm by looking at vehicles for collective action and examples from a number of Ontario communities.




Strategic Planning: From mundane to meaningful

HC Link | 2016

This resource (also available in French) provides an overview of strategic planning including why, when and how to do it, who to involve, the key elements and what to consider when developing a strategic plan. It offers a simple, clear guide to strategic planning for community groups, coalitions and small non-profit organizations.




The Power of Reflection: An introduction to participatory evaluation techniques

HC Link | 2016

This resource (also in French) presents a brief theoretical introduction to participatory evaluation, guidance on how to begin as well as three simple evaluation techniques that can be used by any community group or network. It offers practical and adaptable approaches to:

  • inform the development phase of a partnership,
  • reflect on group dynamics and processes, and/or
  • identify results after a project or community event.