How to use this website


The site is intended to support health promotion service providers in addressing the social determinants of health. The concepts and tools offered assist providers in planning their work and in assessing and improving the quality of interventions in collaboration with the target group.

In this document you will find three main sections: Key Concepts, the Participatory Quality Development (PQD) Toolkit of methods, and Case Studies from health promotion and prevention practice. You will find the theory underpinning Participatory Quality Development in the Key Concepts section, and the practical methods in the PQD Toolkit. The Case Studies show how these have been applied to concrete health promotion activities.

We suggest that you read the Key Concepts section first. It will describe the participatory approach and assist you in choosing the right methods for your needs from the toolkit.

Each of the three sections of this document has a number of headings. Depending on your needs and interests, you can access them individually by using the navigation tree within this PDF file. There are also links throughout the text. They are marked by underlined words and take you directly to related sections.
For easy distribution to your collaborators and stakeholders, you can also download the eleven methods in the toolkit as individual PDF documents from the IQhiv website

Key Concepts
PQD stands for Participatory Quality Development. In this model, quality is developed cyclically. The process includes four phases (adapted from the Public Health Action Cycle): Needs Assessment, Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Participation and Collaboration are cross-cutting themes or principles that apply to all phases.

PQD Toolkit
In principle, there is an unlimited repertoire of participatory methods for quality development. Selected methods, which haven undergone extensive field trials internationally, are presented in the PQD Toolkit. These selected methods enable practitioners to better target their activities, design them with stronger participation from the target group and to check the results based on their own data collection and against their own objectives. The various methods have been organised according to the phase of the PQD cycle (Needs Assessment, Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation) to which they correspond.

Case Studies from Health Promotion Practice
The Case Studies are generally taken from health promotion services supported by WZB (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Social Science Research Centre Berlin) staff through local consultancy and technical assistance (capacity building). Collaboration focussed on the (further) development of an evaluation or quality improvement instrument or procedure for a local primary prevention activity. Each case study provides an individual window into the process of assisting the development and implementation of service organisation-focussed quality assurance and evaluation measures.