Exploring organizational-level factors that facilitate knowledge translation

The Toronto chapter of the KTE CoP met to learn about organizational-level factors that facilitate knowledge translation, presented by Stacie Carey and Christine Carthew.
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Event Details

Toronto, ON M5G 2P1, Canada

DATE: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
TIME: 4 – 6 PM (EST)
Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9


About the Presentation

Capacity building is a concept that is frequently talked about in public health, but lacks a consistent definition; it’s meaning and associated activities depend on the context and the organization using the term. It has been described as a dynamic process of organizational change, involving individual level factors (e.g., knowledge, skills) and organizational level factors (e.g., policies, resources, and infrastructure).1 There is some existing information related to individual knowledge and skills that are important attributes for a knowledge translation professional,2,3 but less information about key organizational factors that facilitate knowledge translation.

At Public Health Ontario, part of the Knowledge Exchange Specialist portfolio is to build and strengthen organizational capacity for knowledge exchange. The Knowledge Exchange team is currently developing a strategy that will define objectives and identify approaches for capacity building at the individual and organizational levels.

To better understand the factors that facilitate knowledge translation, the KE team interviewed representatives of organizations in Ontario with a mandate for knowledge translation. The interviews explored perceptions of organizational facilitators, attempting to identify the factors, policies, and resources that were important for success. This presentation will discuss key themes and ideas that emerged from the interviews, and engage participants in a discussion to further explore these organizational influences.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Describe capacity building in the context of strengthening organizational capacity for knowledge translation.
  • Discuss organizational factors that contribute to successful knowledge translation.

About the Presenters

Stacie Carey is a Knowledge Exchange Specialist at Public Health Ontario. In her role, she is responsible for building capacity across the organization and providing advice and support to various knowledge exchange initiatives.

Christine Carthew is a recent graduate of the MPH program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and completed her practicum placement with the Knowledge Mobilization Team at PHO.


  1. Nu’Man, Jeanette, Winifred King, Amee Bhalakia, and Shaniece Criss. “A framework for building organizational capacity integrating planning, monitoring, and evaluation.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 13 (2007): S24-S32.
  2. Barwick, M., Bovaird, S., McMillen, K.  (2010). Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate. The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Ontario.
  3. Straus, Sharon E., Melissa Brouwers, David Johnson, John N. Lavis, France Légaré, Sumit R. Majumdar, K. Ann McKibbon et al. “Core competencies in the science and practice of knowledge translation: description of a Canadian strategic training initiative.” Implementation Science 6, no. 1 (2011): 127.