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What is knowledge translation?

Known by many names (e.g. knowledge mobilization, research to action, knowledge exchange), in health research, knowledge translation (KT) is ultimately about using health research to improve health. KT activities aim to close the gap between research and implementation by improving the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.

We work to give BC health researchers the tools they need to increase the impact of their research.

Why is knowledge translation important?

Knowledge translation 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 the resources in knowledge translation by research theme.

Click on one of the research themes to learn more

  • Biomedical

  • Clinical

  • Health services

  • Population health

Knowledge translation at Michael Smith Health Research BC

Knowledge translation is an important element of all our programs. We 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.

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

See our publications

KT events & learning

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

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

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program


    The 2023 competition is closed.

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  • Reach Program


    The 2023 competition is closed.

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View our full suite of funding programs

Competitions open: 2023 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach Programs

These team-funded programs mobilize communities for research impact — supporting co-development of research questions and disseminating research evidence to audiences who can directly use it.

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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 Health Research BC’s KT activities, a range of KT learning opportunities are offered through online and in-person events. Check out our events:

KT Pathways: A digital assessment and learning tool

KT Pathways is for anyone who creates or uses research evidence. KT Pathways aims to help those who produce, apply and broker knowledge to build their knowledge translation skills to increase the use of evidence in practice, policy and further research.

Developed through a Health Research BC initiative, with support from academic and health system partners across BC, KT Pathways is designed to help you assess your current knowledge translation strengths and areas for development. It then provides tailored training materials and supports based on your results.

For beginners, KT Pathways can help you learn about all the different skills involved in knowledge translation. The assessment results will direct you to tools and resources specifically tailored for you.

For KT pros, KT Pathways will help further your growth in the field with tools and resources. It 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 resources on KT Pathways, including past KT Connects webinars, essential reads, tools and toolkits, and resources for using KT in grant writing.

KT Pathways resource library instruction video

Created in partnership

Many partner organizations have contributed to KT Pathways through funding and/or in-kind support, for example, to further validate the competencies and ensure that KT Pathways meets the diverse needs of 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

  • Gayle Scarrow

    Director, Knowledge Translation

    gscarrow@healthresearchbc.ca