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Research Matters Knowledge Translation Toolkit. On the site of the International Development Research Centre.

Knowledge exchange strategies for interventions and policy in public health. Kouri, D. (2009).  Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 5, Number 1, January 2009 , pp. 71-83(13). Abstract on the site of ingentaconnect.

Animer un processus de transfert des connaissances : bilan des connaissances et outil d'animation. Lemire, N., Souffez, K., and Laurendeau, M.-C. (2009). On the site of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Available in French only.

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Guiding our work, working together
"New approaches to knowledge transfer increasingly refer to knowledge transfer as an ongoing process involving more or less frequent interactions between different groups of actors involved in specific socio-political contexts and environments and alternately playing a role in production, relay, and use of knowledge "(Lemire, Souffez and Laurendeau, 2009, p. 15). In this context, the Centre is committed to integrating public health actors throughout the development of our projects. To do this, we have adopted various strategies. 

Image of trail marker on tree© Robert Dant      Our goal is to reach various public health actors interested in promoting healthy public policies.

This includes public health officers, population health planners, members of non-governmental organizations, think tanks and community groups, as well as other actors from the public sector interested in healthy public policies. 

Note that NCCHPP also works with researchers and others. Our knowledge exchange efforts will focus primarily these different individuals and groups.

Meetings with representatives of our target audiences
After the Centre's inception, we conducted consultations with representatives of our target audiences in order to establish and develop our activities. This was done to ensure that the resources and the tools we developed were useful and relevant to actors looking to promote healthy public policies.

Consultations took place in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Ontario. The idea was to conduct consultations by bringing key informants together by geographical area. The purpose of these consultations was to solicit opinions and ideas about our program, priorities and potential products. The general question we asked was how could the NCCHPP best support the public health community's efforts in promoting healthy public policy. Specific questions included to what extent we should focus on research syntheses of specific interventions, and to what extent on building understanding of public policy processes. We also inquired about any specific common themes or public policies on which we should focus. Finally, we addressed the question of how they might continue to interact with us and how we might support collaboration among the participants themselves. The data that we collected during these meetings helped to fuel the NCCHPP's strategic planning during its first five years of existence. For more information, click here.

We are planning to carry out new needs assessment consultations in 2011. These will help to guide our work over the next five years.

Knowledge Exchange Strategy
We also developed a knowledge exchange strategy that aims to involve various actors throughout the different phases of a project. Our strategy includes regular collaborations with some actors who are particularly interested in a project. These actors will be consulted at various times for their feedback with respect to a specific issue, their knowledge of the subject, the type of resources and tools they need, etc.. They will also be consulted in regards to dissemination and knowledge exchange strategies to use in order to effectively reach their peers. They will finally be involved in testing the different formats of resources that we develop. 

Evaluation by users, participants and collaborators
We also seek to answer the needs of those who use our work by collecting assessment data on the relevance and impact of our activities.

As a follow-up to our various workshops, we systematically evaluate the work. These evaluations aim to determine the level of satisfaction regarding the workshop from various angles in order to adjust the content or format if needed. The evaluations also help identify the needs of participants on various topics and issues in healthy public policy, and to tailor resource formats.

In addition, we are currently developing an evaluation grid based on the knowledge transfer framework developed by Lemire, Souffez and Laurendeau in 2009. During 2011, we will conduct an online assessment of some of our publications and of a health impact assessment training event held in November 2010. This evaluation will focus on whether the content of the evaluated resource was adequate, if readers appropriated the knowledge from this resource, and how that knowledge was used in practice. 

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