Best of KnowledgeNudge 2018
Our top stories from the past year
Another year seems to have flown by — what can we say? We’ve been busy. Here at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)’s Knowledge Translation platform, we welcomed some new team members, celebrated our 100th post, presented our work at KT Canada 2018 in Vancouver, BC, launched the second year of our Patient & Public Engagement Lunchtime Learning Series, and supported a number of CHI projects at the 2018 SPOR Summit in Ottawa, ON.
At this time of year, we all get a little nostalgic looking back on the months gone by. For KnowledgeNudge, that means sharing our top stories of the year. Here are the most popular posts from 2018:
1. The Theoretical Domains Framework — 826 views
Published in August 2018, this post breaks down the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) for behaviour change and some examples of how its been used in the field of knowledge translation and implementation science. Like our post on the Knowledge-to-Action Framework (our all-time most popular post with over 5,000 views), this summary post of the TDF has seen a lot of Google traffic. Check out the article here and let us know in the comments (or on Twitter) about other theories, models, and frameworks that you’d like to see us cover in 2019!
2. The Function of Knowledge Brokers — 488 views
We took a unique approach to this post, which is actually part article review and part thought experiment. Essentially, it’s a ‘mash-up’ of two articles — a systematic review by Bornbaum et al. that sorts the day-to-day activities of knowledge brokers into 3 categories (knowledge management, linkage and exchange, and capacity-building) and a subsequent special interest article by Glegg & Hoens, who added 2 additional domains (facilitation and evaluation). We take the table from the first article and its list of knowledge broker activities, and envision an expanded table to see how these activities fit into the extra domains. Read the article here.
3. Getting Your Message Out — 342 views
The second of a three-part series on infographics, this post is a quick guide to transforming your research story from academic-ese to lay language, in a way that is interesting and relevant to your intended audience. Trish provides 7 essential steps for researchers looking to share their work outside of the traditional dissemination outputs (i.e. posters, publications, and presentations) and transform their results into an engaging story, either on their own or with the help of a graphic designer. Read the article here.
4. Tools for KT: Knowledge Translation Planning Guides and Templates — 235 views
This more recent post (published in October 2018), is highly practical. In it, Carly Leggett shares and summarizes seven resources for researchers to use when developing (or assessing) knowledge translation and implementation plans. The list includes guides and templates from major players in the field — both researchers and funders — no wonder it’s so popular! Check it out here.
5. Practical Tools for Ethical Engagement in Research, Part I: Ethical Considerations — 225 views
Rounding out our top five of 2018 is Ogai’s post on community engagement (the first of a 3-part series) that focuses on the ethics of engaging at the community (rather than the individual) level in health research. Ogai discusses the practical aspects of informed consent at the community level, assessing risks and benefits from a community perspective, key ethical considerations for communities, and sharing the findings. Read the post here.
Our editorial team sends out a huge thanks and warm wishes for the New Year to our readers, collaborators, and contributors. We look forward to hitting the ground running in January 2019 and providing the theoretical and practical content our readers need to achieve meaningful and rigorous knowledge translation and patient engagement goals in their work.
The KnowledgeNudge Team