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 MSFHR's 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.
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.
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 2018/19.
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.
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.
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.
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 we’ll be sharing the results of the evaluation itself this fall (2018).