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Peer Engagement & Evaluation

Peers are people with lived experience of substance use who are often engaged as experts, and use their lived experience to inform effective health service programming and delivery.
Peer engagement can be mutually beneficial in promoting health equity in programs and policies while building capacity for peers and health authority representatives.

Together with peers, the BC Centre for Disease Control and partners have completed the three-year Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP), developed several useful resources, and published and presented evidence that informs peer engagement across B.C.


Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP) is an innovative new initiative to ensure everyone across the province has equal access to harm reduction services.

Over the past decade, peer engagement has been an evolving, iterative process. Although peer engagement has improved, there remains an overall lack of understanding of peer engagement principles and practices among health authorities and other providers.

This identified gap led to the development of the PEEP – a research project that builds upon BC Harm Reduction Strategies and Services Committee's experiences and existing relationships with peers. This participatory project aims to enhance peer engagement and listen to voices that have been missing from decision-making tables across the province.

For complete list of PEEP recommendations and documents, click on the "Resources" tab.


These guidelines, infographics and summaries were created in partnership with and critical input from people with lived experience. For additional information and resources, visit Toward the Heart.

Peer engagement best practices and recommendations
A brief overview of the peer engagement principles and practice (6 pages)
January 2018
Full version

Peer engagement principles and best practices: A guide for BC health authorities and other providers (Version 2)
December 2017
Full version
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How to involve people who use drugs
December 2017
Full version

Peer Payment 
Paying peers in community based work: An overview of considerations for equitable compensation
February 2018
Full version
Peer payment standards for short-term engagements (BCCDC)
February 2018
Full version
Respectful language
Language Matters (4 guidelines to using non-stigmatizing language (infographic) 
Decemeber 2017 
Respectful language and stigma regarding people who use drugs 
March 2017 
Full version
Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP)
Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (Overview) 
 Full version
The Peer Engagement & Evaluation Project (PEEP) (Infographic) 
May 2017
Full version

Empowering people, reducing harms (News article; Peter Wall Institute)
January 27, 2017 

Peer Engagement in harm reduction strategies and services: Findings from a BC case study, 2010-2014 (Lay summary) 
May 2016
Full version (Published in BMC Public Health)
The role of peers (A primer) 
June 2016 (Prepared for the BC Overdose Action exchange Meeting)
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