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Knowledge translation

Principle investigator:            Marjorie MacDonald

Primary knowledge user:       Trevor Hancock

Knowledge users:                  Ted Bruce, Allison Cutler, Roger Wheeler

Funder:                                 Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Funding period:                      February 2011 – January 2012

The purpose of our program of research is to further the knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) activities of the Core Public Health Functions Research Initiative (CPHFRI) with respect to 2 CIHR funded research projects:

  1. Evidence-informed practice and practice-informed evidence: Knowledge exchange for core public health functions implementation in BC
  2. Evaluation of healthy living as a core public health function

Objectives

The objectives of the proposal are:

  1. To hold a set of three KTE workshops with involved BC Health Authorities to present and validate findings from the two projects and develop policy and practice recommendations.
  2. To develop materials to support the workshops, including lay summaries, interactive media presentations using Captivate software, and environmental scans of healthy living and injury prevention initiatives in each health authority.
  3. To hold an evidence symposium with all 6 BC health authorities to present the results of the studies and the previous workshops, as well as to explore the use of evidence in policy and practice.
  4. To hold a provincial workshop with the Ministry of Health Services and Core Public Health Functions Steering committee to present findings and recommendations from the previous KTE activities. In addition, in this final workshop, we will develop a set of new research priorities and a research agenda to guide future proposal development and to build on our current and nearly completed research agenda.

Deliverables

1)  CIHR Knowledge to Action (KTA) Project: Evidence-informed practice and practice-informed evidence: Knowledge exchange for core public health functions implementation in BC

This CIHR Knowledge to Action grant was led by Marjorie MacDonald (UVIC) and Trevor Hancock (BC Ministry of Health Services - MOHS) with researcher team members Bernie Pauly (UVIC), Allan Best, Craig Mitton, and Anne George (UBC), and knowledge user team members Roger Wheeler (Interior Health- IHA, replacing Paul Hasselback), Ted Bruce (Vancouver Coastal Health - VCH) and Mike Pennock (Vancouver Island Health - VIHA).

The purpose of the project was to explore and compare the context and process of program implementation as well as the KTA strategies supporting the use of evidence in program development and implementation in two core programs (Food Safety and Unintentional Injury Prevention) in three BC health authorities. The key findings from this project are clustered into three main areas: 1. The impact of organizational culture and context on the nature and extent of core program implementation; 2. The varied understandings of the term “evidence” and how it was used (or not); and 3. The various definitions of the meaning of the term equity (or the term “equity lens”), and how these are taken up and applied in program activities and implementation.

2)  CIHR Population Intervention Research Project: Implementation of healthy living as a core program in public health

This CIHR Population Invention grant was led by Joan Wharf Higgins and Karen Strange (UVIC), with Jennifer Terpstra (UBC) and knowledge users Jennifer Scarr (VCH), and Mike Pennock (VIHA).

The purpose of this project was to explore the implementation experience of the Healthy Living Core Program in two health authorities (VIHA and VCH), and how geographical and organizational context had an impact on implementation. The project also explored how the health authorities defined “evidence” and how evidence was used in making implementation decisions. Finally, the breadth and scope of existing Healthy Living partnerships within and between sectors was documented.

Timeline

This is a one year project with four phases:

  1. Complete the summary of findings for each health authority for both research projects in preparation of the health authority presentations.
  2. Hold three health authority workshops (at VIHA, VCH, and IHA) aimed to validate and share findings.
  3. Hold an evidence symposium for all three participating health authorities.
  4. Hold a final provincial workshop for all the participating health authorities.
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