KT Pathways: A digital assessment and learning tool
KT Pathways is a digital assessment and learning tool for anyone that creates or uses research evidence.
Developed through a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) initiative with support from academic and health system partners across BC, it is designed to help you assess your current knowledge translation (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.
How does KT Pathways work?
KT Pathways is designed to help you assess your current KT skill level and to provide a framework for learning to support the use of research 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. Visit ktpathways.ca to assess your KT skills and find resources.
Developing KT Pathways
In 2017, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) brought together a working group to conduct a scoping review to identify KT competencies of those who gather knowledge (researchers), those who broker knowledge, and those who use evidence in their work. This working group produced a protocol paper, a manuscript and a compilation of KT competencies which became the core of three KT competency pathways – one for each of the target groups.
There was a need to increase accessibility and usability of the scoping review findings. In collaboration with BC-based health authorities, universities, research institutes, the BC Ministry of Health and the BC SUPPORT Unit, MSFHR initiated the development of a digital version of KT Pathways.
Partner organizations have contributed to KT Pathways through funding and/or in-kind support to further validate the competencies and ensure that KT Pathways meets the diverse needs of KT stakeholders.**
Want to learn more? Contact Gen Creighton, Manager, Knowledge Translation.
*Knowledge producers are primarily researchers; knowledge users might be policy makers, health practioners or journalists; and knowledge brokers bridge the gap between the two, helping others use evidence in their practice/policy-making. They may or may not have KT as part of their title or job description.