Knowledge Translation: Research into ActionAt the core of IGH's mission is a commitment knowledge translation (KT), which CIHR defines as, "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." As a health research funder, IGH's focus on KT is concerned with: (1) increasing the capacity of IGH-funded researchers to successfully undertake KT; and (2) and acting as a knowledge broker to facilitate the uptake of gender, sex and health research evidence into policy, practice and the public domain.
IGH's KT Strategy (2010-2012) lays out the following objectives in relation to this dual role:
- Building KT Capacity
- To strengthen the capacity of gender, sex, and health researchers to undertake KT.
- To enhance the capacity of gender, sex, and health researchers to demonstrate KT leadership and innovation within the broader health research community.
- Facilitating Translation
- To foster wider sensitivity to gender and sex considerations among health research related institutions and individuals, including CIHR institutes, partners, societies, and other organizations.
- To facilitate the uptake of gender, sex, and health research evidence into practice, policy, commercialization, and other arenas of impact.
To address these objectives, the Institute adopts a variety of strategies, ranging from enriching the training environment for gender, sex, and health KT to focusing on citizen engagement. For a complete copy of IGH's 2010-2012 Knowledge Translation Strategy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of IGH KT activities include:
- incorporating KT as an integral component of all IGH strategic initiatives
- supporting researchers and trainees to undertake KT activities through Dissemination Events Grants and our Institute Community Support Program
- highlighting KT successes in the IGH biannual newsletter Intersections
- funding the Cochrane Collaboration and developing the IGH Cochrane Corner
- hosting and funding Café Scientifiques
- offering webinars and producing videos on gender, sex and health research
- publishing a gender, sex and health research casebook