KT Pathways: a free new tool for everyone wanting to close the gap between what we know and what we do


Why should you care?

A lot of time and money goes into research but much of the knowledge discovered by researchers is never used. That means missed opportunities for that knowledge to contribute to the health and well-being of our communities and society. KT Pathways was developed to help people to use that knowledge.

Who is KT Pathways for?

KT Pathways is for anyone who wants to learn how to close the gap between what we know and what we do. It’s for those who:

  • Want to use evidence to inform the decisions they make in work;
  • Want to produce knowledge that is used by others; or
  • Want to make knowledge more accessible to those who can use it.

 How does KT Pathways work?

Knowledge translation (KT) encompasses all the activities aimed at increasing the impact of research on policy, practice and even further research. KT Pathways is designed to help users assess their current KT skill level. Users rate themselves against the core skills required for successful KT to identify their strengths and areas for development.

If you are a  KT beginner, KT Pathways is a way to learn about all the different skills involved in KT (they may be different than you think). The assessment results will direct you to tools and resources specifically tailored for you.

If you are a KT pro, KT Pathways will help further your growth in the field with up-to-date tools and resources. This tool can help you identify areas for further professional development and increase your KT knowledge and skills.

 KT Pathways development partners

WHRI was one of many academic and health system partners across BC who contributed funding and/or in-kind support to help develop KT Pathways. Other partners in this Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research led initiative include BC-based health authorities, universities, research institutes, the BC SUPPORT Unit and BC Ministry of Health.

Check out KT Pathways and start your KT journey!

Have questions? Contact Nicole Prestley at nicole.prestley@cw.bc.ca.