Evaluating the Evidence on Knowledge Brokers: Comparing Strategies to Support Decision Maker's Translation of Evidence on Physical Activity and Healthy Body Weight Among Children
The knowledge broker activities implemented in this randomized controlled trial will build on previously existing networks and resources, so as to optimize current resources, avoid duplication of services, and provide a feasible and economic alternative for knowledge
translation strategies in public health. The knowledge broker will be part of a multidisciplinary research team evaluating the effectiveness of a knowledge transfer and exchange strategy and will report directly to the project coordinator and the primary investigator on a regular basis. The knowledge broker will be located at the City of Hamilton, Public Health & Community Services Department, Dundas office.
CIHR-Funded Study Oct 2003-Sept 2006
PI: Maureen Dobbins
Position: Knowledge Broker, September 2004-August 31, 2005
The knowledge broker will be responsible for implementing the following strategies with public health units across Canada:
* one-to-one interaction with public health decision-makers (primarily telephone, email and mailed contact). Over the one-year intervention period, the knowledge broker will initiate contact with decision makers on a monthly basis, with decision makers being encouraged to
contact the knowledge broker more frequently as required. At least one interaction between the knowledge broker and decision makers at each participating health unit will occur face to face, meaning the knowledge broker will be required to travel for short periods of time across the country throughout the intervention period.
* Send summaries of systematic reviews on physical activity and healthy body weight promotion in both hardcopy and electronically, as well as the full text document to policy and decision makers in the study.
* Organize and facilitate provincial interactive workshops with policy and decision makers to conduct the following:
* present the results of systematic reviews
* discuss implications for policy/practice
* discuss the implications of local contexts and needs
* assess other relevant and important sources of information
* brainstorm ways to integrate the results of the systematic reviews with other sources of information
* establish a network of policy and decision- makers that can support each other throughout the adoption and implementation process
A qualified knowledge broker for this study is a healthcare professional with an MSc focused on the healthcare system in Canada, who has practical experience in program planning in public health, and is well established within networks of public health programming and policy in Ontario/Canada. In addition the knowledge broker will have knowledge and experience in interpreting research results and be familiar with physical activity and healthy body weight programming in public health in Canada. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Role and Responsibilities
The knowledge broker's primary role will be to provide a link between the producers of systematic reviews (researchers) and potential users of systematic reviews (program managers in public health). The knowledge broker will work closely with those individuals and organizations over the course of one year. The broker's main tasks will be to ensure relevant research evidence related to physical activity and healthy body weight promotion is transferred to public health
decision makers in Canada, in ways that are most useful to them, and to assist them in translating that evidence into practice within their local context. Additional tasks will include developing networks among and between decision makers and in encouraging existing networks to function optimally. The knowledge broker will keep a diary throughout the intervention documenting all interaction with participants and providing commentary on how things are going, what could have been done differently, what appeared to work, and what impact was observed.
Please forward resumes to [email protected] by Friday, May 28, 2004.
Candidates will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the resume, but only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.