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Newsletter quint-essenz | September 2016
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Revised quality criteria – new for programs too
Over the course of the last year, 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).

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Newsletter
Last newsletter providing information solely in relation to the quint-essenz quality system
This is the very last newsletter providing information solely in relation to the quint-essenz quality system. 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».
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News items will also be published on the quint-essenz homepage and documented chronologically on a News page, so you will never miss out on important developments.
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News
Fundamentals
  • English version to be discontinued: 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.
  • Excel versions with diagrams: 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.
  • Revised templates: 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.
Project management tool
  • Adaptations to take account of new quality criteria: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 .
  • Customized templates: 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.
Community
Community
  • Open groups of professionals: 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. 
  • Update prompt: In the near future, all individuals responsible for public profiles within the community will receive an e-mail inviting them to check the relevance of the profiles and either confirm or update them. 

Training courses
Training
Changes to the range of training courses
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.

New profiles on quint-essenz
Iradis
Iradis – a division of IV Solothurn
Iradis is active in the field of workplace health promotion, with a particular focus on mental health. Iradis offers professional advice, coaching and workshops for managers and vocational trainers.
Moser
Michelle Moser
After studying geography and undertaking training in environmental management, I started work in the area of waste management, both in Geneva and in Costa Rica. Upon my return to Switzerland, I worked as a «Cité de l'énergie» (energy city) consultant and ...
Du bis du
du-bist-du
du-bist-du (you-are-you) is an advice and information platform for young people as well as a comprehensive program that provides a range of advice and information across a variety of specialist areas on the topics of homosexuality, bisexuality and trans* issues.

Usage statistics
Stats
Assessments
Since the introduction of the project management tool, 820 project assessments have been performed in the project management tool on the basis of the quint-essenz quality criteria. Additional 34 assessments have been carried out based on the European quality criteria.