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Knowledge Translation
Knowledge Translation

Knowledge Translation

About the Program 

Knowledge translation, knowledge exchange, diffusion and mobilization are all terms that have been used to describe the complex set of activities involved in advancing knowledge generated from research into effective changes in health policy or practice.

The Knowledge Translation (KT) Program at SickKids supports the knowledge transfer and dissemination activities at SickKids and the surrounding knowledge communities through program offerings including KT training and consultation services.

In 2013 the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate was recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada. The certificate training course is the only course in North America dedicated to building competencies among Knowledge Translation practitioners through a practical and applied approach.


Our Role in Learning

The Knowledge Translation Program partners with other Learning Institute programs, the Research Institute, Communications & Public Affairs, health care providers, SickKids International, external collaborators and many others to improve child health based on research and experiential evidence.

Formal KT training and other educational opportunities help staff share research findings, learn from one another, foster communication and improve collaboration skills.  The program hosts two training workshops for internal and external participants, the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC™).  The Program also provides KT tools and resources for staff including a Knowledge Translation Planning Template and training manuals.

A KT consulting service was launched in 2013 to assist staff with the use and implementation of best available evidence in patient care, health policy and decision making.

+140 Knowledge Translation practitioners & specialists have graduated from the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate to date.


Courses Offered

Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT)
The SKTT workshop is a two-day training course intended for health science researchers across all four scientific pillars (basic, clinical, health services, population health), who have an interest in sharing research knowledge with audiences beyond the traditional academic community, as appropriate and in increasing the impact potential of their research.  The course is also appropriate for KT professionals, policy and decision-makers, and educators.

Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPCTM)
The Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC™) is a five-day professional development course and the only course of its kind in North America. The curriculum, presented as a composite of didactic and interactive teaching, exemplars, and exercises, focuses on the core competencies of KT work in Canada, as identified by a survey of KT Practitioners (Barwick et al., 2010). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professional development and networking.


Knowledge Translation Planning Template

Key Contacts

Srdjana Filipovic
Program Manager, Knowledge Translation
Education Resource Group
Learning Institute
Phone:  (416) 813-7654 ext. 228189
Email:  srdjana.filipovic@sickkids.ca

Samantha Metler
Project Coordinator
Education Resource Group
Learning Institute
Phone:  (416) 813-7654 ext. 203129
Email:  samantha.metler@sickkids.ca

©Barwick M., Butterill D., Lockett D.M., Buckley L. & Goering P. (2005).
Scientist knowledge translation training manual.
The Hospital for Sick Children/Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario.