Knowledge Translation –

Workshop: Getting evidence into practice: steps to success

Have you ever tried to get a new guideline or piece of evidence into your everyday practice and been surprised by how long it took and how complex it was? Did you struggle to measure the project’s success? As you reflect, you can likely identify what would have been helpful to know beforehand, and what support you would have liked on the way?

Getting evidence into practice: steps to success is a three-day, highly interactive and outcome focused workshop that covers the essential skills and knowledge needed to facilitate the implementation of evidence and innovation into everyday practice.

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Course outline

Led by an internationally renowned team of knowledge translation researchers, facilitators and practicing clinicians form Queensland and South Australia, you will learn how to set up an implementation project, how to facilitate the process and how to evaluate its impact.

This is a participatory course, with interactive group discussions, roleplay and group activities. Course content will cover the following topics:

  • What is Knowledge Translation and why is it important?
  • Introducing the i-PARIHS framework
  • Manage complex change: The central role of facilitation
  • Identifying and preparing individuals to become facilitators
  • Identifying, engaging and communicating with stakeholders
  • Methods for evaluating an implementation project
  • Evaluating in practice
  • ‘Shark Tank’ Presentation

Target audience

Clinician researchers, healthcare professionals, PhD, Post-Doctoral, health service and implementation science researchers working with health systems to introduce new models of care and service improvements.

Thank you to the following people who made the 2017 Knowledge Translation course a success:

Adrienne Young, Research Coordinator, Department of Nutrition, RBWH Alison Kitson, Co-author of the i-PARIHS framework; Dean and Head of Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide; Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford Alison Mudge, Physician, Internal Medicine and Aged Care; Health & Medical Research Fellow, RBWH Gill Harvey, Co-author of the i-PARIHS framework; Professorial Research Fellow, School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide Megan Campbell, Centre Manager, AusHSI Prue McRae, Project Manager, Health Services Research, RBWH Sonya Osborne, Senior Research Fellow and Implementation Scientist, AusHSI 

Special Guests: John Wakefield, Deputy Director-General, Department of Health – Queensland Amanda Dines, Executive Director, RBWH David Rosengren, Deputy Executive Director – Operations, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Testimonials: May 2017

AusHSI’s recent Knowledge Translation course was both informative and practical. The course covered the importance of KT, the i-PARIHS Framework, facilitation as a KT strategy, stakeholder engagement and evaluation of implementation projects, with relevant, practical activities following each theory session. Presenters clearly demonstrated real-world experience and provided a broad range of examples.

The generosity of both participants and presenters in sharing their experiences was particularly appreciated, including their so-called ‘failures’, as reflecting on these can be just as beneficial as reflecting on the ‘successes’ to continue to build evidence for effective knowledge translation.

Personally, I attended the course to build my skills as a facilitator and the group work format of the practical activities provided opportunities for this. I wonder if preparing and group-pitching an entire project on the final day of the course reduced the opportunities for a more detailed look at implementation and evaluation plan development. However it certainly offered opportunities for development of negotiation skills, given groups each selected only one project to progress.

This course would be useful for clinicians and/or managers planning to implement an evidence-based innovation in their area or those wanting an overview of some key knowledge translation processes.

Sally Eames, Clinical Evidence Development Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

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As an academic in health services research and a recipient of a 2017 AusHSI grant Evaluation of the implementation of a nursing assessment system for acute care, I was pleased to be able to attend the AusHSI workshop as an attendee, and bursary recipient.

The 3 day program was very well organised, with each day divided into sessions allowing for presentations from experts, group discussions relating to the daily topic, and group sessions working on selected projects. The balanced program and atmosphere engendered ensured that participants were fully engaged and interactive. The daily topics included knowledge translation frameworks guiding implementation of evidence into practice, the central role of facilitators, and methods for evaluating an implementation project—in short all you wanted to know about the “what, why, how” of knowledge translation.

The experience gained in working with a mixed group of clinicians and research academics from various organisations was invaluable, as was the opportunity to refine the implementation and evaluation model of my current project, in collaboration with others, who bought new insights and perspectives to the table discussions.

Dr Nancye Peel, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland