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Researcher Competition: Integrated Knowledge Translation Cases

October 20, 2016

Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships Thematic Group (CHIPS)
Researcher Competition: Integrated Knowledge Translation Cases
Due Date: January 30, 2017

It is widely recognized that interaction and collaboration between researchers, patients/public,
point of care practitioners, managers and policy-makers is needed to enhance the relevance and
use of research, and improve health care planning, delivery and outcomes. Such interactions are
often referred to as integrated knowledge translation (IKT). We invite researchers to tell us about their experiences using an integrated knowledge translation approach in their work. The most interesting and well-told examples will compiled into a CHIPS (CAHSPR) IKT Casebook that will be published for wider distribution. We also intend to host a session at the 2017 CAHSPR meeting and invite the authors of the chosen cases to present them (if they plan to attend).

Submitting a case:

The case should be in a Word document with 12 point font and include:

  • A title (max. 12 words)
  • Authors (in order) and affiliations. Preference will be given to articles co-authored with policy/practice partners
  • Key words (4 max)
  • 800-1200 words written in narrative style and plain language
  • Eligibility: submitting author must be a member of CAHSPR

The following format should be used to frame the case study to facilitate drawing linkages across cases in the KT casebook. The specific questions below are intended as a guide:

1. Introduction/Background to the case:

  • What is the knowledge or innovation that needed to be transferred/implemented or put into practice/policy?
  • What is the evidence to justify transferring this knowledge into practice/policy? (i.e. what is the quality and strength of the evidence supporting the knowledge/innovation)
  • Who was the target audience(s) for the knowledge/innovation? 
  • What were the sources of funding that supported the creation of the knowledge/innovation and its implementation?
  • What was the context in which the knowledge translation took place? (e.g. setting, stakeholders, etc.)

2. Description of the Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT) Activities:

  • What integrated knowledge translation strategies, techniques or methods were used to support the partnership?
  • What IKT strategies, techniques or methods were used to support the research process?
  • What, if any, conceptual or theoretical framework guided the selection of the IKT strategies used to partner or transfer/implement the knowledge/innovation?
  • What was the rationale for selecting these transfer/implementation strategies?
  • How effective were IKT strategies in facilitating the application/uptake of the knowledge/innovation? How do you know? (i.e. how was application/uptake of the knowledge/innovation measured?)

3. Impact and Implications:

  • What was the effect/impact of the application/uptake of the knowledge/innovation? (e.g. the effect on health or health systems- how was the impact of applying/using the knowledge measured?)
  • What was the role of the researchers and stakeholders in facilitating the transfer/implementation of the knowledge/innovation?
  • What was learned (the good, the bad, and the ugly) from the IKT experience? (e.g. what were the barriers and facilitators to knowledge transfer/implementation and how were they measured/assessed? What are the implication for IKT research, practice/policy? What would you do the same or differently next time?)
  • How generalizable/transferrable are the findings from this case to other situations?

This initiative is sponsored by the Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships Thematic Group (CHIPS) of The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR).
Timelines: Please submit by 5 pm on January 2017 to Chris McCutcheon ( with “CHIPS Researcher Competition” in the Subject Line. Contact Anita Kothari ( if you have any questions


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