Best Practice (N=10)


Definition 1: Is a task, function or behaviour which, when carried out, produces above average results
Source: Greenhalgh T, Robert G, Bate P, Macfarlane F, Kyriakidou O. Diffusion of innovations in health service organizations. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2005.
Focus: n/a



Definition 2: Best practices are generally-accepted, informally-standardized techniques, methods or processes that have proven themselves over time to accomplish given tasks.
Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_practice
Focus: General
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 3: Is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.
Source: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/best-practice.html
Focus: Business
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 4: A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result. A commitment to using the best practices in any field is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one's disposal to ensure success. The term is used frequently in the fields of health care, government administration, the education system, project management, hardware and software product development, and elsewhere.
Source: http://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/definition/best-practice
Focus: General
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 5: Is the best, most effective way to do something.
Source: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/best-practice
Focus: General
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 6: Best practice(s) refer(s) to interventions that are supposed to lead to desired outcomes.
Source: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/glossary#bestPractice
Focus: General
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 7: A recorded description of process that is recognized by experts as an effective, efficient and/or appropriate method for accomplishing a task. 2. A method or technique that is recognized by experts as superior to alternatives in its effectiveness and efficiency. 3. Methods and tools that lead to sustainable improvement in quality, productivity, time to market, and/or, communication. 4. Processes, practices, or systems identified in public and private organizations that performed exceptionally well and are widely recognized as improving an organization’s performance and efficiency in specific areas.
Source: http://www.usabilityfirst.com/glossary/best-practices/
Focus: General
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 8: Is an approach or procedure that has produced outstanding results in a previous situation or setting and could be adapted to improve effectiveness of clinical practice in a current situation or setting.
Source: http://www.med.umich.edu/nursing/research/EBPvocabulary.pdf
Focus: Nursing
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 9: Best practice refers to effective, ideal or paradigmatic practice within an organisation that others would benefit from adopting or adapting. 2. The UNESCO (2007) definition is a method or an innovative process involving a range of safe and reasonable practices resulting in the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme, usually recognized as “best” by other peer organizations. A best practice does not necessarily represent an absolute, ultimate example or pattern, its
application assures the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme; rather, it identifies the best approach to a specific situation, as institutions and programmes vary greatly in constituencies and scope.
Source: http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/bestpractice.htm
Focus: n/a
Date added: 06/06/2011



Definition 10: Best practice is a superior method or innovative practice that contributes to the improved performance of an organization, usually recognized as "best" by other peer organizations.
Source: http://www.visitask.com/best-practice-g.asp
Focus: Business
Date added: 06/06/2011

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