What are some ideas for KT and D&U plans or activities?
To identify ideas for dissemination and utilization within your knowledge translation plans or activities, consider your target population and familiarize yourself with activities or strategies that have worked for other NIDRR grantees.
Listed below are some resources that can help you with this process.
Reports, Papers, Web sites and other Tools
Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL)
This NIDRR-funded project at the University of Kansas has developed a search engine that offers several useful resources.
SIGN 50: A Guideline Developers' Handbook - Section 9: Implementation (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2001)
This resource outlines strategies that can assist practitioners and health services bridge the gap between guideline development and implementation. It includes a couple of helpful matrices that assess the effectiveness of a variety of implementation strategies. It is part of a larger set of guidelines developed by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), which was established in 1993 by the Medical Royal Colleges to develop evidence-based national guidelines. SIGN uses an explicit methodology to develop its guidelines which involve multidisciplinary groups of researchers who conduct systematic reviews of available evidence and then base recommendations on the supporting evidence.
• Information about the copyright and further use of this resource is at http://www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/published/licence.html
Doing More with What You Know: A Tool Kit on Knowledge Exchange
"Doing More With What You Know" provides a set of user-friendly tools, which include a variety of ways to complement your work and go beyond traditional information dissemination. They offer a range of strategies including checklist, emerging concepts, scenarios, vehicles, a glossary, and suggested readings. It was published by the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Evidence-Based Practices: An Implementation Guide for Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies (Eliason, 2003)
This handbook suggests some concrete ways of bridging the gap between research findings and clinical practice by providing guidance on identifying, implementing, and maintaining evidence-based practices. It was published by the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation at the University of Iowa.
Peer-Reviewed Journals or Books
Evidence-Based Medicine in Managed Care: A Survey of Current and Emerging Strategies (Keckley, 2004).
The purpose of this study, published in Medscape General Medicine, was to assess the role of managed care in stimulating adherence to evidence-based practice by clinicians and their patients.
A Framework for the Dissemination and Utilization of Research for Health-Care Policy and Practice (Dobbins, Ciliska, Cockerill, Barnsley, & DiCenso, 2002).
The purpose of this paper, published in the Sigma Theta Tau International's Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, is to construct a comprehensive framework of research dissemination and utilization that is useful for both health policy and clinical decision-making.
NCDDR 2000 Survey Report
Report of NCDDR Survey 2000 results. The NCDDR survey data were gathered from more than 1,300 consumer, researcher, and other stakeholder respondents, in order to learn more about their interest in specific disability research areas, their success in finding disability research information, and from what sources. Other questions focused on preferred information formats, as well as computer and Internet availability and use. Basic individual demographic data were gathered to look for similarities or differences in responses across the groups.
NCDDR 2001 Survey Report: Highlights Of Findings
Major findings from the annual NCDDR survey are reported to provide D & U insights and suggestions that the NCDDR and other NIDRR grantees can employ when conducting D & U to consumers and targeted groups. Knowledge gained from the survey activity includes information about what kinds of disability-related research are important to consumers, how consumers prefer to receive disability research information, and how the use of computers are helping consumers' search for information. Survey participants included individuals with disabilities, representatives from organizations that focus on more direct consumer contact, and NIDRR-funded researchers.
Technical Brief Number 11: Communities of Practice: A Strategy for Sharing and Building Knowledge
This issue of FOCUS discusses the use of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a knowledge transfer (KT) strategy. CoPs are "groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis" (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002). By building on its members' shared knowledge, a CoP can be useful in developing new ideas and new strategies. The NCDDR's efforts to support a CoP for NIDRR grantees are also described.