By Nicole Prestley
This past November, the WHRI released its 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, and within it, four strategic frameworks to guide our work: partners, patients, trainees, and knowledge translation. As the WHRI’s Manager of Knowledge Translation (KT), I am elated that KT has been named as one of these key pillars, which we will use to inform and measure our work. In addition, the creation and realization of this framework speaks to the WHRI’s commitment to supporting a culture that considers KT part of the research process.
The prospect of practicing KT can be overwhelming or for some, irrelevant. This is why we have aligned our KT framework with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, but also the definition of KT:
KT activities aim to close the gap between research and implementation by improving the use of research evidence in practice, policy, and further research
The importance of this definition is the acknowledgement of KT practice accelerating future research, in addition to the policy and practice changes more frequently mentioned.
The WHRI has a variety of KT supports available to members and today; including but not limited to:
- Monthly BC Women’s Hospital Research Rounds
- Annual WHRI Symposium
- Bi-Annual Public Event
- Social Media + KT Workshops
- Monthly member eBlast
- WHRI Website
- Social Media [Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn]
Today, we are elated to announce the launch of yet another KT support, the @WomensResearch podcast. The @WomensResearch podcast will be a vehicle to increase use and impact of member’s research AND provide an accessible medium for sharing success of KT practice.
In our inaugural episode, I interview our Executive Director, Dr. Lori Brotto about the importance of KT, and why we are starting a podcast.
If you are interested in sharing your research findings or KT practice story, please connect. In addition, I am here to support members and their teams triage their KT needs and help tailor strategies to their knowledge users, and resource settings.