We develop a wide variety of practice-based KT tools to aid in the Synthesis, dissemination and implementation of research.
A given tool can take on a wide variety of formats, ranging from clinically-centered (e.g., decision aids, clinical practice guidelines) to more patient-oriented (e.g., mobile apps, videos). Tools to conduct implementation and engage in knowledge creation are also available.
A repository of tools created by the KT Program are listed below, in addition to tools we have found useful.
Knowledge Synthesis Tools
Systematic Review Process Map
This tool was developed by the St. Michael’s hospital KT program. We have a defined and rigorous process for all our systematic reviews. This process map tool takes you through the steps to conduct a systematic review.
Rank Heat Plot
Online Interactive Rank-Heat Plot Tool
Veroniki, A. A., Straus, S. E., Fyraridis, A., & Tricco, A. C. (2016). The rank-heat plot is a novel way to present the results from a network meta-analysis including multiple outcomes. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.02.016.
Please see the attached documentation if you are interested in creating a rank-heat plot:
WHO Rapid Review Guide
General implementation support tools
Barriers and facilitators tool (upcoming): This tool will aid in identifying and prioritizing specific barriers and facilitators that an individual or organization could come across while implementing a program, intervention, or behaviour change. As this tool is still in development, below is the link to a study in which this method of using a barriers and facilitators activity was used successfully.
- Moore, J. E., Mascarenhas, A., Marquez, C., Almaawiy, U., Chan, W. H., D’Souza, J., … & Straus, S. E. (2014). Mapping barriers and intervention activities to behaviour change theory for Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON), a multi-site implementation intervention in acute care hospitals. Implementation Science, 9(160). doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0160-6.
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health
Additionally, we create and design all of the tools for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care which includes: FAQ’s, clinician/patient algorithms, and decision aids.
Harms and benefits tool:
Clinician Recommendation Table:
Videos: We’ve created videos for both educational purposes and as public service announcements. Below are two educational videos created for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC)
Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders (MOVE)
The MOVE project uses the “STEP (Survey, Tailor, Engage, Plan) Tool” to help hospital staff identify barriers to mobilization on their units. The tool allows users to share a survey with hospital staff, then provides users with appropriate implementation strategies based on the identified barriers, which can be used when planning MOVEs on their units.
Videos: We’ve created videos for both educational purposes and as public service announcements. Below is a public service announcement for the Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders (MOVE) program.
Decision support tools: Help support the implementation and/or application of a given intervention by helping the user select a specific method or tool to utilize.
- Mobility assessment (MOVE Ax)– A tool to help clinicians select the most applicable mobility assessment measure.
Readiness for Change
Decision Support Tool
- Assessing organizational readiness for change (Ready, Set, Change!)– A tool to help implementers select the most applicable readiness for change assessment measure.
Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
We also create tools for the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. An example of a research summary, an infographic, and a research minute can be found below.
Additional KT tools we’ve developed
Knowledge to Action Cycle
Certain milestones have been identified as necessary in bridging the Knowledge to Action gap. For practical purposes, these milestones are described as a series of steps in a cycle. Stakeholders are different from one another in terms of the steps they have taken across the Knowledge to Action Cycle (see the diagram and description below).
Download: Knowledge to Action Cycle
Tools we’ve found useful
End of Grant Knowledge Translation Plan
At the Knowledge Translation Program, we get a lot of requests to consult on end of grant KT plans that are required for grant application. The link below provides all the necessary information required to help you get started on your end of grant KT plan.
Cochrane Collaboration: What are systematic reviews?
Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox
Systematic Review (SR) Toolbox is a searchable online catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews, which aims to help reviewers find appropriate tools based on their needs.
AHRQ Systematic Review Data Repository
The AHRQ Systematic Review Data Repository is a tool for the extraction and management of data for systematic review or meta-analysis.