KT at MSFHR
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.
- KT training and events including KT training workshops and beginner-level KT Connects webinars.
- KT-focused funding opportunities.
- KT resources including academic publications and a KT Encounters blog and video series.
BC SUPPORT Unit
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 and provides in-kind support and expertise on KT and research funding.
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.
In 2017, MSFHR completed a scoping review of published and grey literature to determine the KT competencies required for knowledge users (policy makers, clinicians), knowledge brokers (knowledge translation specialists) and knowledge producers (researchers).
The result of this three-year, MSFHR-led project is ‘Knowledge Translation Pathways, a tool for competency evaluation and professional development’, which identifies the competencies required and interventions and strategies needed to reinforce these. A KT Pathways web tool is coming in 2018.
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.
In May 2017, MSFHR and the BC SUPPORT Unit hosted the first ever Health xChange, a sold-out evening of PechaKucha and networking around community engaged research and creative knowledge translation.
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.
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.