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.
Our team of KT specialists works to give BC health researchers the tools they need to increase the impact of their research.
Why is KT important?
KT 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
KT at Michael Smith Health Research BC
KT is an important element of all our programs. Our team of KT specialists works 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 for researchers, and presenting at conferences and publishing peer-reviewed papers and book chapters towards advancing the field of KT.
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 the following 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.
The 2023 competition is closed.
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.Read moreRead more Knowledge Translation news
KT Pathways: A digital assessment and learning tool
KT Pathways is for anyone who creates or uses research evidence. Developed through a Health Research BC initiative, with support from academic and health system partners across BC, it is designed to help you assess your current 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.
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.
In addition to assessing your KT skills, you can find a large library of KT resources on KT Pathways, including past KT Connects webinars, essential KT reads, KT tools and toolkits, resources for KT in grant writing, and more.
Director, Knowledge Translation