The evolution of KT

KT Encounters is a blog and video series designed to deepen our understanding of knowledge translation (KT), the broad range of activities meant to improve the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research. We’ve invited KT experts, including researchers, practitioners and patient representatives, to share their KT experiences and expertise to help others who do KT, do it better.

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KT 2.0 takes knowledge translation to the next level, to deepen our understanding and broaden our perspectives as to what might be possible in the field. As researchers and research users engage in meaningful partnerships, the challenge will be to embrace complexity in the health system and think differently about addressing problems in health care.

Produced by Michael Smith Health Research BC. Filming and post-production by the Knowledge Mobilization Studio.
Speaker titles and affiliations subject to change.


Bev Holmes | President & CEO, Health Research BC (host)

Allan Best | Managing Director, InSource Research Group

Diane Finegood | former President & CEO, MSFHR

Peter Levesque | President, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization

Learning questions: Rethinking context

How have multiple contexts (practice, policy, research) impacted your work?

Are research, theory and practice knowledge equally legitimate?

When is one more important than the other?

Do you use context-specific KT strategies?

Learning questions: A funder’s role

How can funders go beyond monitoring for accountability?

Do funders’ programs align with the needs of research users?

How can funders best evaluate system change?

Learning questions: Research culture

Do we need new approaches for patient and public engagement? How do we get more problem-driven research? What are the pros and cons of engaging with patients and the public on research?

Learning questions: Embracing complexity

Can you map the complex systems in which you work? How have you addressed simple, complicated and complex problems in your work? Do we need a KT 2.0 conceptual model in order to address complexity?

Learning questions: Tips and tools

Do we have the right tools for addressing complex health-care problems?

Is there a need for more applied research on specific problems that may or may not be generalizable but could result in health system organizational changes?

Can social media bring about culture change related to health system improvement?

Learning questions: Are we there yet? Hope for the future.

Are you hopeful about health system change?

Is KT 2.0 one of the ways to get there?

What timeframe do you use when thinking about health and health system improvement?