KT in complex health systems profiled in Evidence & Policy journal

30 September 2016

The importance of knowledge translation (KT) —  the broad range of activities meant to improve the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research — is now well-recognized. Worldwide, researchers and knowledge users alike are "on the bandwagon" and incorporating KT into their work.

MSFHR's Vice-President, Research & Impact Bev Holmes and colleagues published a paper entitled Mobilising knowledge in complex health systems: a call to action in the peer-reviewed journal Evidence & Policy.

Holmes collaborated on the paper with six other researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom to address how research teams and others involved in the research enterprise can consider the complexity of the systems into which evidence is being translated. The paper aims to provide practical advice for a range of stakeholders, moving discussions away from the theoretical level by identifying integrated actions that can be taken to successfully implement evidence.

The paper references a number of implementation case studies from the United Kingdom and Canada, including the BC Ministry of Health’s initiative to improve Clinical Care Management — as outlined in the Ministry’s Innovation and Change Agenda.

“A key point is to recognize that the ongoing interaction between what is being implemented and its context determines the success of KT,” says Holmes, whose responsibilities with MSFHR include  KT, funding programs, and evaluation and impact analysis.

Funding KT is one of five functional areas identified by MSFHR through which funders can create the conditions for effective KT. MSFHR recently launched the Convening & Collaborating (C2) awards to help build capacity for the advancement of KT by providing health researchers the opportunity to collaborate with research users, a key aspect of the KT process. For more information about MSFHR's KT activities, visit our KT page.