KT Tools: Innovation to Implementation: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Translation in Health Care

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Knowledge Exchange Centre has just released the KT guide “Innovation to Implementation: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Translation in Health Care”.

The I2I is a how-to guide for driving change using knowledge translation (KT) activities. It is built around the concept of innovation: products, actions, services or relationships that have the potential to enhance health outcomes. The guide illustrates how to move from innovation to implementation in a thoughtful manner to achieve the desired outcomes of a project or initiative. The I2I was developed on the basis of research findings and practical experience, through which it became apparent that a wider range of practices, participants, and types of knowledge need to be incorporated into KT activities.

The I2I is not meant to replace KT frameworks such as the PARiHS framework, the Knowledge Exchange Model or the Knowledge-to-Action process, but rather to facilitate an increase in their application through the development of a practical, action-oriented guide.

The I2I is a practical, step-by-step guide to achieving successful KT. It highlights the importance of bringing a wide range of participants to the table, respecting both diversity and uniqueness, where knowledge is jointly identified, created or applied. It also stresses the importance of incorporating various knowledge perspectives.