What is Knowledge Translation?

Our team of KT specialists works to give BC health researchers the tools they need to increase the impact of their research.

Knowledge translation (KT) activities aim to close the gap between research and implementation by improving the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.

Known by many names (e.g. knowledge mobilization, research to action, knowledge exchange), in health research, KT is ultimately about using health research to improve health.

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Why is KT important?

KT plays an important role in maximizing the impact of health research. The benefits include:

  • Health care decisions based on the best available evidence.
  • Cost-effective and accountable health care.
  • Identifying priorities and opportunities for further research.

To learn more about KT and what activities make sense — and are doable — within the context of your research project/program, check out these resources:

Knowledge Translation by Research Theme

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  • Biomedical

  • Clinical

  • Health Services

  • Population Health


KT is an important element of all our programs. Our team of KT specialists works to advance the science and practice of KT and give BC health researchers the tools they need to increase the impact of their research.

Our activities include offering online resources and events for researchers, and presenting at conferences and publishing peer-reviewed papers and book chapters towards advancing the field of KT.

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KT events & learning

KT is an important element of all MSFHR funding programs — our goal is to help BC health researchers develop the skills they need to increase the impact of their research.

We offer the following KT funding programs, designed to foster collaboration and support the dissemination and implementation of research evidence:

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program

    2021 Competition CLOSED

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  • Reach Program

    2021 Competition CLOSED

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View our full suite of funding programs

Exciting changes to KT Pathways

Knowledge translation learners now have more ways to support their learning, thanks to some new upgrades to KT Pathways, a KT digital assessment and learning tool.

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  • Responsiveness to government

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  • Research on research use

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  • KT Collaborative

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As part of MSFHR’s KT activities, a range of KT learning opportunities are offered through online and in-person events. Check our our events here:

KT Pathways: A digital assessment and learning tool

KT Pathways is for anyone who creates or uses research evidence. Developed through an MSFHR initiative, with support from academic and health system partners across BC, it is designed to help you assess your current KT strengths and areas for development, and provides tailored training materials and supports based on the results.

The goal is to help those who produce, apply, and broker knowledge to build their KT skills to increase the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.

For KT beginners, it is a way to learn about all the different skills involved in KT. The assessment results will direct you to tools and resources specifically tailored for you.

For KT pros, it will help further your growth in the field with tools and resources. This tool can help you identify areas for further professional development and increase your KT knowledge and skills.

In addition to assessing your KT skills, you can find a large library of KT resources on KT Pathways, including past KT Connects webinars, essential KT reads, KT tools and toolkits, resources for KT in grant writing, and more.

KT Pathways Resource Library instruction video

Created in partnership

Many partner organizations have contributed to KT Pathways through funding and/or in-kind support to further validate the competencies and to ensure that KT Pathways meets the diverse needs of KT stakeholders. Without the work of these partner organizations, including BC-based universities, health authorities, the BC Ministry of Health and the BC SUPPORT Unit, KT Pathways would not have been possible.

More information

  • Gen Creighton

    Manager, Knowledge Translation