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Over the course of 2015, the quint-essenz quality criteria have been extensively reworked to accommodate important new aspects and to refine the existing criteria to take account of experience gained.
In addition to the list of criteria for projects, there is now a comprehensive list of criteria for the assessment and development of programmes. An introductory guide to working with the quality criteria has been issued (only available in german, french and italian).
Health Promotion Switzerland uses an excerpt from the new list of criteria as a reference when assessing project plans for the Cantonal Action Programmes, which are submitted by the cantons in the form of an application for assistance. A separate list of these eight criteria is also available.
New instructions and criteria lists are only available in german, french and italian.
As very few users have taken the opportunity to exchange information about quint-essenz in an open group of professionals over recent years, Health Promotion Switzerland has decided to discontinue these public groups. The opportunities for exchanging information within the project management tool will remain, however.
The revised standard templates for project drafts, project plans and final reports will continue to serve as the basis for customized templates. Now, however, the elements of a template may be grouped as desired.
In the project management tool, the templates for project drafts, project plans, final reports and quality assessments have been adapted to take account of the revised quality criteria. The results of project and program assessments are displayed in interactive radar charts.
Health Promotion Switzerland has made the decision to cease the development of the English version of quint-essenz, only offering future updates in the Swiss national languages of German, French and Italian.
All existing English pages will continue to be accessible.
The standard templates for project drafts, project plans and final reports have been adapted to take account of the revised quality criteria. Now there are also corresponding templates for programs – only in german, french, italian. Older templates are still available.
The lists of criteria are available in both PDF and Excel format. In the latter, the assessments are graphically represented in a radar chart (comparing up to three assessments) – only in german, french, italian.
Instead of publishing news about quint-essenz separately, in future Health Promotion Switzerland will integrate this into the existing newsletters «Nutrition and physical activity» and «Health in Older People».
The aim of this integration is to create greater cohesion between the different services provided by Health Promotion Switzerland. The quint-essenz quality system will be realigned to take greater account of the conditions and requirements of the programmes of Health Promotion Switzerland and its partners. This applies in particular to the project management tool. Other parties that are not associated with Health Promotion Switzerland can continue to access the online service at no additional charge.
Health Promotion Switzerland has decided that, in future, quint-essenz introductory courses should also be refocused on the Cantonal Action Programmes
The frequency and timing of the training courses will be determined based on demand. The courses are open to other professionals, if places are available.
From next year, partner organizations will be offering courses to interested professionals outside the Cantonal Action Programmes in return for a fee. Training and consultations about the basic principles, the project management tool or how to use the community platform may also be purchased from external quint-essenz consultants authorized by Health Promotion Switzerland.