PHSI Knowledge Translation

Knowledge translation is a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.

This process of knowledge translation takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users that may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user. Knowledge translation activities in the context of Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI), therefore, can take place before, during, and/or after completion of a research study and can vary greatly depending on the type of research.

As stated in the PHSI funding opportunity, knowledge translation is an integrative aspect of this initiative. PHSI brings researchers and decision makers together as co-applicants to improve health systems. Partnerships, collaborations and end-user research involvement are fundamental components of integrated knowledge translation and are employed here in conducting applied health services research useful to health system managers and/or policy-makers.

The nature of PHSI's integrated knowledge translation is collaborative and action-oriented, resulting in the co-production of knowledge as a direct consequence of integrating stakeholders into diverse activities throughout the research process.

In the PHSI initiative, the research process is guided by the information needs of research users, making new knowledge more likely to be translated into action. Effective knowledge translation then requires continuous long-term interaction between researchers and users of research like that encouraged by PHSI.

These interactions can take many forms, for example (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Synthesis, dissemination and exchange activities: collaborative networks, multi-sectoral informed and partnered research, shared decision-making, consensus-building activities, etc.
  • Communication and outreach activities: stakeholder engagement and education; tools development; involving stakeholders in the definition of knowledge translation activities; communities of practice; evidence-based community outreach programs, etc.
  • Policy and practice improvement activities: development of interventions that contribute to evidence-informed policies and management practices; engaging stakeholders/end-users in defining and/or participation and/or contribution to research; stakeholder partnerships; stakeholder-informed guideline development; stakeholder engagement in uptake initiatives, etc.

For more information on knowledge translation please visit the Knowledge Translation & Commercialization website.