5 Things to Know about Knowledge Translation (KT)

  1. Knowledge translation is the process of communicating scientific evidence with the purpose of sharing new knowledge in order to lead to improved health care services, products, and patient experiences.
     
  2. The purpose of KT is to reduce the on average 17-year gap between when research is conducted and when that research manifests in an improvement in patient care.
     
  3. Engaging knowledge users (KUs, also referred to as audiences or stakeholders) throughout a project leads to results that are more relevant and accessible to the groups who will use them. This is integrated KT (iKT).
     
  4. End-of-grant KT involves connecting KUs with the knowledge gained through research.
     
  5. There are a number of KT planning templates available, which generally involve identifying knowledge user groups, goals/objectives, key messages, KT strategies, barriers, facilitators, resources, and methods of evaluation.
 

We Support YOUR KT Efforts by:KT-(1).PNG

  • Consulting on the development of KT plans
  • Linking teams with resources and tools for KT
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of KT strategies
  • Delivering training in KT
  • Consulting on the creation of plain language materials
  • Connecting teams with the SPOR Evidence Alliance


Sample Knowledge Translation Resources

  1. Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches - Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  2. KT Pathways: A Digital Assessment And Learning Tool - Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  3. KnowlegeNudge - George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
  4. Seminar Series - Knowledge Translation Canada
  5. Knowledge Translation Planning Template© - SickKids
  6. Knowlege Translation (KT) Planning Primer - Public Health Agency of Canada


Knowledge Synthesis

If you have questions related to knowledge synthesis, we will be happy to connect you with our partners at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research and the SPOR Evidence Alliance. Both provide access to synthesized evidence in response to knowledge user-identified priorities related to health care research and decision-making.