There is a ‘research to policy’ gap in much of health care management today in that the research evidence base is not consistently linked to decision making. This gap has been symbolized by the notion of “knowledge transfer/KT” that has been much discussed in the academic literature over the past ten years. KT is considered to be an integral part of the platform to sustain Fraser Health’s research capacity. Our long term view is that successful KT of the findings of research studies is key to improving the health and quality of life of Fraser Health patients and clients in addition to improving the quality of work life for Fraser Health personnel and job satisfaction for Fraser Health researchers.
Our department strives to encourage knowledge transfer of research and evaluation evidence throughout the course of its capacity-building activities. Organizations generate value from their intellectual and knowledge-based assets by sharing them within their own and with other organizations in order to produce tangible products, such as clinical best practices. KT is however a concept that has many synonyms, all of which have slightly differing definitions and applications. Jeremy Grimshaw, Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake, has defined KT as an exchange in that “stakeholders are aware of and use research evidence to inform their decision-making, and, research is informed by current available evidence and the experiences and information needs of stakeholders”. The key to successful KT is also the process of how knowledge transfer occurs.
Keeping the importance of designing effective KT ‘processes’ in mind, we have designed the Fraser Health KTE Toolkit.
Who should use these tools?