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Knowledge Translation
Knowledge Translation

Scientist Knowledge Translation Training Workshop

Do your scientists, educators, policy and decision makers know how to translate knowledge?
Could your Knowledge Translation (KT) professionals benefit from practical KT training?
Do they understand why knowledge translation is important?
Can they develop a KT plan for grant proposals?

This course was developed and evaluated through funding provided by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and the SickKids Research Institute. We acknowledge the Knowledge Brokering for Paediatric Healthcare Research Team, the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of the SickKids Research Institute, the 77 scientists within SickKids on which this program was evaluated, and our research partners: Dr. Paula Goering and Ms. Dale Butterill from the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Ms. Elaine Orrbine from the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.


Initially developed to help SickKids Scientists build their KT skills, the course is equally suited to KT professionals, clinicians, clinician-scientists, educators and decision makers.  The material is universally applicable across sectors, job roles and geographic location.


This is a very practice-oriented course that covers:

1. The utility of KT, for researchers, educators, clinician-scientists and others
2. KT strategies and their evidence base
3. Developing a KT plan (practical, hands-on approach using tools)
4. Plain language communication
5. Communicating with different audiences

Course Learning Objectives

    • Define KT and related terms
    • Describe the role and importance of KT in our current social, political and research contexts
    • Use KT planning tools and resources to begin developing a KT plan
    • Identify communication strategies for reaching multiple audiences
    • Outline and apply strategies for working with the media and engaging policy and decision-makers


The Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT™) course typically runs for two days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive tools such as the Knowledge Translation Planning Template (Barwick 2008), and a SKTT Manual (Barwick et al, 2005).

Typically, the size of the group is 18-25 people who are scientists, clinicians, educators and KT professionals.

Groups who contract with the Learning Institute for training receive:

    • An advertisement to circulate in your organization
    • Cost details
    • Contract
    • Two reserved dates for your training
    • Baseline KT evaluation for your group
    • Post Training evaluation for your group
    • Certificate of completion for your participants

The Learning Institute offers the course in three formats:

    • Internally, for SickKids staff
    • For external organizations who contract on behalf of their group (Example - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research or University of Guelph)
    • For individuals outside of SickKids; typically held in Toronto

Upcoming Sessions

    • February 16-17, 2017
    • September 7-8, 2017

Reviews from Previous Participants

    • "Great manual - Thank you for these resources"
    • "Overall I found this very useful and creative"
    • "Instructors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful"
    • “Great modules-template is helpful and something I can share with colleagues. I learned so much more than just KT"
    • “Great, concrete suggestions, resources and tools. Nice to have examples and templates.  Feel more competent in further developing KT plans”
    • “Interactive hands-on approach in each module”

About the Trainers

Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych
Melanie is the Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) at the Hospital for Sick Children, a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program and a Registered Psychologist.  She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Melanie joined SickKids in 2001 and her program of research focuses on "implementation science" and "knowledge translation."

Kelly Warmington, BScH, BEd, MEd, PMP
Kelly is the Senior Manager in the Learning Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She joined SickKids in 2012, following five years in clinical research.  Kelly's background is in biomedical science, teaching, adult education and community development.


For more information, please contact:

Srdjana Filipovic
Program Manager, Knowledge Translation

Samantha Metler
Project Coordinator, Learning Institute

© Barwick M., Butterill D., Lockett D.M., Buckley L. & Goering P. (2005).  Scientist Knowledge Translation Training Manua. The Hospital for Sick Children/Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario.