Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science

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Knowledge Translation is one way to use health research to improve health. It refers to the various actions working to improve the use of research evidence in practice, including:

  • Synthesis: integrating study findings into the larger body of knowledge on a topic
  • Dissemination: identifying appropriate audiences and tailoring messages to the audience
  • Exchange: interaction between researchers and research users resulting in mutual learning
  • Application: the iterative process by which knowledge is put into practice

Implementation Science is the academic field devoted to understanding how to get research findings used in everyday healthcare settings.

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Cluster Themes 


Study innovative research methods
Develop and study new methods to ensure diversity in KT and implementation science
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Develop and study KT interventions based on the citizen science approach
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Study innovative methods for scaling up effective implementation interventions in the context





Projects in this Cluster

Projects are coded by colour to the themes listed above.

Studying Consensus Methods in Integrated KT to Promote Patient-Oriented Research

Project Lead: Nelly D. Oelke

Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) is an approach that involves including stakeholders, including patients, as equal partners in research teams so that results of the study are more relevant and useful. Unfortunately, there is little information about how consensus on decisions and priorities for ... read more


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A Hermeneutic Approach to Advancing Implementation Science

Project Lead: Martha MacLeod

Changing health care is difficult. Many changes suggested by research are only partially implemented or not implemented at all. Often, research about implementation looks at only one innovation at a time, typically in a top-down manner. This project will study a bottom-up approach that considers how ... read more


Systems-Thinking Tools for Evidence-Informed Planning

Project Lead: Allan Best

Systems thinking is an approach to addressing complex problems. The assumption is that in order to solve a complex problem, all parts of the system in which the problem exists must be considered, as well as the ways they interact and change over time. For example, to understand how to ... read more


Using Documentary as a Method of Knowledge Translation to Reach the "Sandwich Generation"

Project Lead: Sarah Munro

Documentaries are one way to learn about things that affect our health. However, it is important to make sure that they meet the needs of different types of audiences. For example, busy parents may not have time to watch a full-length documentary. They may prefer other ways to learn about how to keep ... read more

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Integrated KT 2.0 - Development of an Online Citizen Science Portal

Project Lead: Linda Li

"Nothing about us without us!" is a motto for patients as members of research teams. Recent advances in technology are creating new ways for the public to share their health data so that researchers can identify new and more relevant questions for research. This project, guided by the concepts of citizen ... read more

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Cluster Leads

Lead | Linda Li

Dr. Linda Li is Professor, Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, and Canada Research Chair in Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada. Linda earned a BSc in Physiotherapy at McGill University, a MSc at University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at University of Toronto.

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Advisor | Bev Holmes

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