A well-developed knowledge translation (KT) plan is often a proposal requirement for health research in Canada and abroad, and there is greater attention to research utilization and research impact. The SKTT™ training course was developed on the premise that scientists are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilization, and ensuring their research findings reach the appropriate audiences. There is a skill set surrounding KT practice, and it is these competencies that the training course was designed to impart.
The SKTT™ course is intended for researchers in health, mental health, education, and social sciences who have an interest in sharing research knowledge with (multiple) audiences beyond the traditional academic community, as appropriate, and in increasing the impact potential of their research.
Initially developed to help SickKids' Scientists develop their KT skills, the course is equally suited to KT professionals, practitioners, educators, and decision makers in community based organizations and government. The material is universally applicable across sectors, job roles, and geographic location.
As of May 2016, SKTT has trained 2000 individuals across Canada, the United States, and internationally since the program was developed in 2004. Our clients have come as far as Malaysia and Europe! Corporate clients include:
- Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions/ Research Transfer Network of Alberta
- Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital
- Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health
- Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
- Centre for Disease Control, USA
- Glenrose Hospital
- Ontario HIV Treatment Network
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research USA
- The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
- United States Department of Education USA
- University of Edinburgh SCOT
- University of Guelph
- University of Saskatchewan
- University of Western Australia, Perth AUS
SKTT is offered privately by Melanie Barwick Consulting upon request and through the Hospital for Sick Children Learning Institute in Spring and Fall. Individuals wishing to take the course in Toronto can register via Cvent for SKTT courses offered by the Learning Institute, twice per year: Spring and Fall ($700); http://www.sickkids.ca/Learning/AbouttheInstitute/Programs/Knowledge-Translation/index.html
Organizations interested in bringing training to their own group and location can contact Melanie directly to arrange training to discuss your needs and receive a cost estimate firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile 416-899-3901 or office 416-813-1085
Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC)
The Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC)
is a 5 day professional development course, held by The Hospital
for Sick Children Learning Institute in Toronto, Canada, and
the only course of its kind in North America. The curriculum,
presented as a composite of didactic and interactive teaching,
exemplars, and exercises, focuses on the core competencies
of KT work in Canada, as identified by a survey of KT Practitioners
(Barwick et al., 2010). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity
for professional development and networking.
The KTPC course is aimed at developing the competencies of
KT practitioners working across all disciplines - not limited
to: health, education, prevention/promotion, and agriculture.
Whether you call yourself a knowledge broker, KT specialist
or work by some other name, this event is of great importance
to helping us close the research to practice gap. However
you identify yourself professionally, this course is for you
if you serve an intermediary role between science and practice.
We invite active participation of your employer to help build
organizational culture for KT.
Completion of this professional development opportunity awards a certificate of completion from the University of Toronto Office of Continuing Education for Professional Development.
Please visit http://www.sickkids.ca/Learning/AbouttheInstitute/Programs/Knowledge-Translation/Knowledge-Translation-Professional-Certificate/index.html