Knowledge Translation (KT) Basics

What is Knowledge Translation (KT)?

Knowledge translation (KT) is a bridge between research evidence and real-world practice in an effort to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. But how do you apply this evidence? At the KT Program, we believe that we can implement change in the health system better by thinking about change differently. Our approach to KT is rooted in theory and science, but our application of KT is uniquely pragmatic and focused on real-world impact. Our approach to training involves empowering individuals and organizations in the health system with knowledge and support on how to do KT.


What is Knowledge Translation (KT) Basics?

The KT Program’s KT Basics is a 2-day workshop on the fundamentals of implementing change using best practices in KT.
In KT Basics, participants learn how to do the following:

  • Identify key KT definitions
  • Assess and prioritize implementation needs
  • Use appropriate methods to assess the quality of available evidence
  • Define the scope of change and ideal practices to be implemented
  • Identify key processes that inform the selection of implementation strategies

    Workshop Dates & Location

    October 16 & 17, 2017
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada


    Workshop highlights:


  • A personalized learning environment to help you set and meet your individual KT learning goals.


  • Interactive activities and discussions to help you develop KT competencies and start effectively integrating evidence informed practices into your projects.


  • Connect with other professionals involved in KT and share your experiences, challenges, and successes.

    Who should participate?

  • Professionals in any health-related discipline (e.g., healthcare, public health, mental health) who are responsible for implementing change. Previous participants have come from a range of organizations (e.g., hospitals, funding organizations, and government agencies) with a variety of backgrounds (e.g., educators, managers, clinicians, knowledge brokers, researchers).
  • Students in a full-time health-related graduate program (e.g., public health sciences, social sciences, bioethics, clinical sciences). Please note that we have a limited number of available spots for students.

    Practicing KT course testimonial
    “An amazing workshop that actually discussed the concepts of implementation science (IS) and then allowed us to apply them to a situation that we wanted to impact. At the end of the day, colleagues at my table who were new to IS, were saying ‘now it is making sense.’ To have the ability to go from gaining knowledge to actually applying it was incredible. Truly, one of the best workshops I have attended!”

    —Sam MacFarlane, Public Health Ontario, (previous participant)



    Registration for the KT Basics workshop is $850.00 CAD per person. Registration for full-time graduate students is $425.00 CAD per person.

    The cost includes participation in the 2-day in-person workshop, food (coffee/tea, snacks, and lunch), and access to take-home resources. Travel to and from Toronto and accommodation during the workshop are not included.


    Application & Contact

    To apply for the October 2017 session, please fill out the KT Basics workshop application form in one of the following ways:

  • Complete the online application form; or
  • Complete the Word application form and email it to Melissa Courvoiser.
    The application deadline has been extended to October 6, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

    If you would like to discuss whether this workshop aligns with your learning goals and needs, please contact Melissa Courvoisier (


    Upcoming sessions

  • Developing an ETP: April 2018