Knowledge Translation Products
Knowledge Translation (KT) products fall into two main categories: the first, mechanisms that convey findings of research; the second focuses on development of skills and capacity for doing KT.
Each of our channels listed below includes a mixture of these two categories.
On our YouTube channel, we’ve posted instructional webinars as well as videos that explain our research projects and how our findings address the needs and priorities of children and families, as well as people and organizations working at the front lines.
On our slideshare channel, we showcase information and tools, as guides and tools for doing effective KT.
Our clear language summaries of individual research papers are called Research Snapshots. Designed for quick and accessible insight into the main messages of a research paper, our snapshots are popular with parents and individuals living with a neurodisability, as well as policy makers and front line workers and organizations.
KBHN’s KT Blog focuses on tips for doing knowledge translation and the activities of our KT Team.
Our KT Team has compiled a list of the best guides to evaluation, event planning, metrics and other essentials of KT to help researchers, trainees and knowledge brokers save time. They have also developed a suite of customized tools to facilitate collaboration between our KT experts and KBHN research teams, in areas such as:
planning a KT strategy
planning and doing stakeholder engagement and
creating KT products to promote the use of research findings
For KT Planning
Research to Impact Canvas (empty, editable version): this one page tool assists in planning research, knowledge translation and commercialization activities.
Research to Impact Canvas (editable version): this one page tool assists in planning research, knowledge translation and commercialization activities.
Research to Impact Canvas: Instructions – REFERENCE ONLY
Hybrid KT & Project Planning Template: this innovative tool is intended for researchers and knowledge translation professionals to use for detailed KT planning that incorporates project management concepts.
Linking indicators to goals, and the drivers of outcomes: this worksheet is one of two that were that can be used to help outline goals of your organization, and link them with outputs and outcomes.
Anatomy of an indicator – example: use this worksheet to help define the indicators you will use to evaluate your project or program that link to your organization’s goals, and desired outputs and outcomes.
Event Planning Project Management Tool: An excel sheet created by Krista Jensen at York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit. Events, activities and timelines can be customized according to your event.
Hybrid KT & Project Planning Template Guide: instructions for using Hybrid KT & Project Planning Template Tool.
Dissemination Guide of Guides: a curated guide to the best resources on planning dissemination strategies that reach beyond an academic audience.
Infographic Guide of Guides: a curated guide to using infographics as KT products, aimed at researchers, trainees, practitioners and KT professionals.
Stakeholder Engagement Guide of Guides: this compilation of existing guides on stakeholder engagement (SE) outlines the three main approaches to SE, and lists resources that provide more detail on how to conduct and evaluate different types of stakeholder engagement activities.
Evaluation Guide of Guides: an annotated bibliography of the most useful evaluation guides and tools, for researchers and knowledge translation professionals.
KT Planning Guide of Guides: an annotated bibliography of guides to KT planning for researchers and trainees.
Guide des guides pour la planification du transfert des connaissances: KT Planning Guide of Guides in French
Social Media Guide of Guides: whether you are a novice, or an advanced user of social media, this compendium of existing guides has something for you, focusing on the use of social media platforms for dissemination and engaging with end users who can benefit from your research.
Qu’est-ce que les médias sociaux et par où commencer? Social Media Guide of Guides in French.
Checklist for writing clear language summaries: This clear language writing checklist was developed by the Ontario Education Research Exchange to increase efficiency and quality of developing research summaries.
Setting up a partnership
The partnership handbook: created by the Labour Market Learning and Development Unit at Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), the handbook is intended to support understanding and development of partnerships, in recognition that partnerships are an important vehicle for building community capacity and undertaking community development activities.
Guide du Partenariat: the HRDC partnership handbook in French.
Healthier Together – the CIHR Partnerships Handbook: This 2008 casebook provides summaries of CIHR practices, and examples of CIHR partnerships, including winners of the CIHR Partnerships Award from 2003 to 2008.
S’unir pour la santé – Recueil de cas de partenariat des IRSC: The CIHR Partnerships Handbook in French.
A Guide to Knowledge Synthesis: a chapter by Jeremy Grimshaw MBChB, PhD, FCAHS.
Leading edge of KT Planning
How to use the Research-to-Impact Canvas KT Planning Tool: a three-minute video explaining KBHN’s Canvas tool, used by the Network to guide KT strategy for our projects and programs.
How to do great presentations: what they don’t teach you in grad school
Learn how to do great presentations through Toastmasters: Toastmasters is an international organization that helps all people – including academics – stand out from their peers with engaging presentations.
You’ve got some explaining to do: advice from the Dana Foundation for neuroscientists writing for lay readers.
Writing for the web: a free online course.
KT Curriculum: free online courses in three modules.
Skill building Blog Posts from KBHN’s KT Team
How to tell a story (of your research) to anyone – you are Batman
Almost two years ago I took a creative writing course. I didn’t expect at that time that it would be so relevant to Knowledge Translation, but I have come to realize that it really is.
The “Guide of Guides” Series for Knowledge Translation
A couple of years ago, one of our researchers asked us for guidance for using social media for KT. We realized while searching for what was ‘already out there’ that there are a lot of guides for social media, but not all of them are targeted towards use by researchers.
How do you do stakeholder engagement to inform research? SE Guide developed by KT Core
The Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet) has focused efforts on stakeholder engagement for informing its future directions. To aid in the process, the KT Core at York University has developed a Stakeholder Engagement Guide of Guides, which is the third in the series (the first was the Social Media Guide of Guides, second was the KT Planning Guide of Guides).
Stakeholder Engagement for Research Uptake
We all know (or we all should know) it is important to engage end users (especially lived experience) upstream in the research program. How else do you know your research is going to help meet the needs of people who can benefit from the policies, products and services that are enabled by your research?
Who’s got the power? A critical consideration of citizen participation in research
The two main approaches to Knowledge Translation are end-of-grant (dissemination) and integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT, such as stakeholder engagement/consultation). The evidence on successful KT has demonstrated that iKT approaches are more successful at creating impact.
Webinar on social media for knowledge mobilization/knowledge translation
In January, 2016 KBHN’s KT Group hosted an hour-long interactive webinar entitled “Social Media for Knowledge Mobilization” featuring KT Lead, Dr. David Phipps. Blogging with avid readership in 149 countries Mobilize This! blog www.researchimpact.ca/blog since 2008, and active on Twitter (@researchimpact) and LinkedIn (ResearchImpact), David drew from his successful engagement via multiple channels to illustrate the benefits of using social media to an audience of Kids Brain Health trainees and researchers.
Five tips for writing the KT section of your grant application
Write your research proposal first – Some researchers try to write their KT plan in parallel with their research proposal. However, your KT plan depends on what you are going to do for your research. The audiences you choose and the strategies you use to reach them depend on what your project is about, and what you hope will happen with those findings.
Videos as knowledge translation products
Videos are becoming a popular way to communicate information, especially research findings. But, not all videos can be considered “KT”. What does it take to make a video as a KT product?
Critical considerations for doing stakeholder engagement for research
Over the past decade, involving end-users including policy- and decision-makers has evolved from being an exceptional activity to become a requirement for federal research funding from agencies such as CIHR.
What you need to know to organize a TEDx event
A TEDx event is not an easy thing to coordinate or one that can be developed in only a few months time. You will need dedicated personnel. When Dr. Jonathan Weiss and Post-Doctoral Trainee Jonathan Lai collaborated to produce a TEDx event at York University, preparation required devoting one person to coordinating all aspects of the day over a 12 month period, for about one day a week.
How to plan and conduct an effective stakeholder consultation, seven top tips
Stakeholder consultation can be such an effective way to ensure research is relevant, it’s important to do it right. The people in attendance are willing to give you the greatest gifts you could receive: their time and their wisdom. You want to maximize the returns on your time and financial investment.