Knowledge translation (KT) is an important element of all MSFHR programs. Our team of KT specialists work to advance the science and practice of KT, and give BC health researchers the tools they need to increase the impact of their research.

MSFHR provides:

Ongoing projects

Completed projects

KT strategy evaluation framework

Ongoing projects


The BC SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit) is a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. MSFHR is a major funding partner of the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Health xChange

Health xChange is an annual evening of storytelling and networking using a PechaKucha format, with speakers sharing their stories using 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds. In May 2017, MSFHR and the BC SUPPORT Unit hosted the first ever Health xChange, a sold-out evening focused on community engaged research and creative knowledge translation. In 2018, a second sold-out event organized with Edge Collective, saw speakers sharing their creative approaches for moving evidence into policy and practice to ensure health research has a real impact.

KT Collaborative

The KT collaborative is made up of key KT stakeholders (both scientists and practitioners) from around the province who meet every six weeks to advance and accelerate KT across BC.

KT Pathways

In 2017, MSFHR brought together a working group to conduct a scoping review to identify KT competencies for 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 KT Pathways – a digital learning and assessment tool which helps users to identify the competencies required for knowledge translation and provides them with resources for ongoing professional development.

Visit ktpathways.ca to assess your KT skills and find resources.

Patient-oriented research

MSFHR is actively supporting a number of provincial and national initiatives aimed at enhancing the way patient-oriented research is conducted and establishing supportive structures that foster connections between researchers and research users.

Completed projects

Fuse conference

The 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health was hosted by MSFHR alongside the BC Ministry of Health, the Public Health Association of BC, and the United Kingdom's Fuse Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. Over 180 speakers and attendees from across North America, Europe, Australia and beyond participating in plenary sessions, workshops, and networking events to share experiences and debate how to best produce, integrate and communicate research evidence for policy-making in a way that promotes and protects the health of citizens. 

Provincial needs assessment

In March 2012, MSFHR surveyed more than 1,200 BC health researchers and research users to identify KT resource and training needs across BC. The results are used by MSFHR and our partners to inform the development of KT training and resources.

A detailed provincial analysis is available here. Additional regional reports are available from the KT team.

Wall Solutions Initiative

The Wall Solutions Initiative (WSI) provides funds to support UBC researchers and community partners working together to develop practical solutions for societal problems.

From 2012 to 2016, MSFHR offered supplemental funding to hire a KT broker for health-related WSI projects whose teams were linking KT practice and KT science. These KT brokers were embedded in funded teams to develop, implement and evaluate the KT strategies and activities used in the WSI-funded project.

Evaluating our KT strategy

MSFHR is committed to evidence-informed practice in our own work. Our KT strategy and evaluation framework, supported by our logic model and an understanding of complex systems, are key to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of our work in KT, and help ensure we’re focusing our efforts in the right areas. Our evaluation framework is available here, and the results of our 2018 program evaluation are available here.