CIHR's Knowledge Translation Framework by rt3463df


									  Knowledge Translation:
A View from a National Policy Perspective

          KU-02 Conference
           Oxford, England
            July 2, 2002
CIHR Mandate
CIHR is Canada's major federal funding agency
  for health research. Its objective is to excel,
  according to internationally accepted standards
  of scientific excellence, in the creation of new
  knowledge and its translation into improved
  health for Canadians, more effective health
  services and products and a strengthened
  Canadian health care system.
CIHR Mandate

    Priority Research

 Foundation of Research

  Improved     More effective   Strengthened
  health for   health services Canadian health
  Canadians     and products     care system
Foundation Research

Priority Research


Draft Definition

Knowledge Translation is defined
as the exchange, synthesis and
ethically-sound application of
knowledge within a complex system
of relationships among researchers
and users.
Decisions That Affect Health
                        of Individual

                        Health of

                   Health           Health
                    Care          Services &
                   System          Products

       Public                                   Private
       Policy                                    Sector
       Decisions                               Decisions
   Research Cycle

Researchers KT1 Questions KT2    Research        Global
+Knowledge         &
  Users         Methods                         Knowledge

KT6                                                      KT3

                                             of Knowledge
                      of Knowledge           KT5
KT in the Research Cycle
KT1: Defining research questions and methodologies

KT2: Conducting research

KT3: Situating research findings within the context of
other knowledge and socio-cultural norms

KT4: Publishing research findings in plain language and
accessible formats

KT5: Applying knowledge

KT6: Influencing subsequent rounds of research based
on the impact of knowledge use
Knowledge Uses
1. Research
   within and across all research disciplines contributing to knowledge about
2. Policy Making, Planning and Administration
   across all portfolios of public policy and throughout the health care system
3. Health Care Provision
   in both the formal and informal systems of care
4. Maintenance and improvement of personal health
   including actions intended to influence or represent the views of individual
   Canadians through, for example: Voluntarism, Education,
   Communications, Advocacy
5. Commercialization
   by, for example, venture capital firms, pharmaceutical and medical device
   manufacturers, biotech companies, medical service sector, retailers and
                           CIHR KT Cube

Uses of Health Knowledge

                              Policy making,
                               Planning and
                                Health Care
                                   Provision                                            KT6
                            Maintenance and                                           KT5
                             Improvement of                                       KT4
                             Personal Health
                           Commercialization                                KT2
                                               1      2       3       4
                                                   Research Pillars
                                               Sources of Knowledge
KT Activities to Date
• Scholarships to support science writer training
• Support for training programs:
        National training centre in Edmonton
        Training Program grants

• Support for research through the RFA:
  “Strategies for Knowledge Translation in Health”
• Support for a traveling museum exhibit on
KT Activities at CIHR
 1. Strengthening the KT Community

 2. Building KT Capacity

 3. Advancing KT in Research

 4. Providing CIHR Leadership in KT
KT Activities at CIHR
1. Strengthening the KT Community:
  •   Promoting knowledge exchange, networking and
      partnerships on health-related KT
  •   Creating and sharing electronic resources of value
      to the health KT community in Canada and abroad
  •   Assessing needs and gaps and developing
      partnerships and programs to meet them
  •   Raising awareness of KT and promoting a shared
      language and understanding across all aspects of
      health-related KT
KT Activities at CIHR
2. Building KT Capacity:
  •   Reasoned advocacy encouraging Canadian
      institutions to create environments and
      infrastructure conducive to health-related KT
  •   Support for KT Training Centres and individual
      trainees in KT Research
  •   Offer incentives to encourage integration of KT
      training into training programs for health
      researchers and health practitioners
KT Activities at CIHR
2. Building KT Capacity (continued):
  •   Support for professional exchanges among different
      types of participants in health-related KT
  •   Offer incentives to build capacity in plain language
      communication of health-related knowledge (e.g.
      Scholarships for science writers)
KT Activities at CIHR

3. Advancing KT in Research:
  •   Support research into KT itself
  •   Support KT as an integral part of all CIHR-funded
  •   Contribute to the development of innovative KT
      approaches by working with partners to support
      rigorous evaluation of selected pilot KT projects
  •   Support emerging research needs (e.g. possible KT
      Centres of Excellence)
KT Activities at CIHR
3. Advancing KT in Research (continued):
  •   Introduce new programs to
      (a) encourage knowledge exchange at the stage of
      definition of research questions and methodology
      (b) catalyse partnerships to support the
      contextualization of health knowledge
      (c) stimulate partnerships to develop and evaluate
      strategies for accelerating uptake and application of
      health-related knowledge.
KT Activities at CIHR
4. Providing CIHR leadership in KT:
  •   Developing expertise in health-related KT
  •   Leading in the development of a KT Framework and
      strategic plan in collaboration with CIHR Institutes
      and Branches
  •   Facilitating synergy and integration across CIHR
      Institute KT strategies
  •   Evaluating the effectiveness of CIHR’s initiatives in
      health-related KT as a basis for ongoing

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