Event Date: Mar 15, 2010



Access to timely and relevant synthesized and practical evidence for the purposes of moving knowledge into action to improve care continues to be a challenge in the health sector. 
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Access to timely and relevant synthesized and practical evidence for the purposes of moving knowledge into action to improve care continues to be a challenge in the health sector.  There is an abundance of information that clinical practitioners do not have either the time, resources or skills to a) sift through and read; b) consider evidence applicability and transferability to a variety of circumstances; and c) translate and implement the breadth of sometimes conflicting evidence into real world applications (1). The application of knowledge brokering, both as a role and a skill set, may provide practical solutions to the challenges associated with moving knowledge into action in the health sector.  Knowledge Brokers link knowledge producers (research, tacit and experiential knowledge) with knowledge users (including researchers, policy makers, and caregivers) to support evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM), to facilitate a better understanding of each others’ environments and cultures (2).  
 
Through presentation and discussion, participants in this session will:
  • understand the origins of knowledge brokering and where the concept fits within various KT theories and frameworks;
  • explore the concept of knowledge brokering both as a role within the context of an organization or network, and as an individual skill that can be developed in those interested in EIDM;
  • consider a ‘day in the life of’ a knowledge broker; and
  • discuss practical strategies to apply knowledge brokering skills to advance practice at individual, organizational and system levels.
(1) Harris M and Lusk E. The road ahead: a knowledge bank progress report. Background paper shared at the Seniors’ Mental Health and Dementia Accelerating Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Think Tank. Ottawa: Canada; 2009.
(2) Lomas J. The in-between world of knowledge brokering. BMJ 2007, Jan 20;334(7585):129-32.
 
Demystifying Knowledge Brokering by Harris M, Lusk E, Clark S is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License
 


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Presenter(s):

Megan Harris, CDRAKE KT Planning & Development Lead; Elizabeth Lusk, CDRAKE KT Conceptual Design Lead; and Sarah Clark, CDRAKE KT Resource Mobilization Lead