Knowledge Translation Challenge

Knowledge Translation is the art and science of moving evidence into health care policy and practice.

Have you identified a need for practice improvement? Your knowledge translation (KT) project will help you integrate evidence into best practices.

The PHC and VCH Knowledge Translation Challenge will:

  • Support staff who do not have knowledge translation experience
  • Help design your own KT project
  • Provide easy access to KT resources, mentorship and funding

GUIDELINES

How much award money is available for teams who are accepted into the KT Challenge?
Successful teams will receive up to $5,000 each in knowledge translation award funding.

Who can apply to participate in the KT Challenge?
The KT Challenge is designed to support teams of PHC and VCH clinicians who may not have much KT expertise, but are responsible for moving evidence into practice. There must be a minimum of two people per team. Teams can be inter-professional. All team leaders must be 0.5FTE or greater at PHC or VCH for a least 1 year (full-time, part-time or casual).

How do I find a mentor for my team?
Feel free to approach a potential mentor for your team. The best fit is to find a mentor who is familiar with your work/patient environment and has experience in knowledge translation. If you don't have someone, we will help you find a mentor!

I want to be involved, but don't know much about knowledge translation - can I still participate?
The KT Challenge is perfect for you! We've designed the KT Challenge to teach beginners the basics of knowledge translation.

When are the information sessions?  Register here

  • Vancouver General Hospital – October 17, 2016  11:30am-12:30pm
  • St. Paul’s Hospital – October 18, 2016  12:00pm – 1:00pm

When is the letter of intent due?
Monday, October 31, 2016

When are proposals due? 
Full Proposals - May 15th, 2017

When are the workshops?

  • January 12 and March 8, 2017 -  two mandatory full day workshops before the full application is due for all registered teams
  • September 2017  -  mandatory 1/2 day workshop for teams who are awarded a grant
  • Please contact kerri.abramson@vch.ca for more information.

What will be expected of participants?
Applicants will find team members and complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) form. If your LOI is accepted, you are expected to demonstrate the evidence base for your practice change, attend two in-person KT skills workshops, participate in an online community of learners, and write a five-page proposal for funding, with support from a KT mentor. Proposals are due May 15, 2017. Teams whose projects are selected will be supported with funds and a mentor to conduct their projects over a 2-year period. Team leaders and members will be required to complete the online KT Challenge evaluation surveys. Each funded team will be asked to write a brief report to the KT Challenge Advisory Committee on their learnings and achievements.

The KT Challenge is run in partnership with Providence Health Care, Providence Health Care Research Institute, VCH Professional Practice and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Deadlines

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 31, 2016
Full proposal Deadline: May 15th, 2017

2017 FORMS AND DOCUMENTS 

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Kerri Abramson, Manager, Research Education & Internal Awards at kerri.abramson@vch.ca or 604-875-4111 ext 67793.