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Knowledge Translation
Knowledge Translation

Specialist Knowledge Translation Training Workshop

Are you a scientist, educator, policy maker or knowledge translation (KT) professional?
Do you want to know more about why KT is relevant?
Do you need to know how to develop and evaluate a KT plan?
Could you benefit from practical KT training?

SKTT™ Course Overview

A well-developed knowledge translation (KT) plan is often a proposal requirement for health research funding agencies in Canada and abroad. In addition, various sectors are demonstrating greater attention to the utilization and impact of research. This training course was developed on the premise that scientists, practitioners and educators, are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilization and ensuring that research findings reach the appropriate audiences. This course was designed to teach the unique skill set that surrounds KT practice.


“Great, concrete suggestions, resources and tools. Nice to have examples and templates. Feel more competent in further developing KT plans." - SKTT participant 


Who Should Take SKTT™?

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.

SKTT™ Focus

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

SKTT™ Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • 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

History of SKTT™

The SKTT™ 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.

The Knowledge Translation Program at SickKids has partnered with Research Impact Academy to offer a tailored SKTT™ curriculum relevant to the Australian context. In Fall 2016, the three inaugural SKTT™ Australia workshops were held in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. Interested in SKTT™ Australia? Contact info@researchimpactacademy.com for more information.

Upcoming SKTT™ Sessions

September 24-25, 2020 (online)

January 21-22, 2021

For more information about SKTT™ and how to register, please refer to the SKTT Brochure.

Contact Us

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

© 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.