Knowledge Translation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach Course 3rd to 5th May, 2022

Course description:

This workshop attaches particular importance to translation and application of knowledge. Knowledge translation (KT) is concerned not only with the dissemination of research results, but especially with their use and application.

The concept of KT is defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as “a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system”. KT strategies that encourage interactions among the actors (e.g. seminars, training sessions, workshops, and dissemination sessions) are preferable to KT strategies that are only informative (e.g. written reports, websites). With interactive approaches, participants are able to acquire new knowledge, share their experiences and develop new practices together.

KT generally, refers to all of the activities involved in moving research from the laboratory/field, the research journal, and the scientific conference into the hands of people and organizations that can put it to practical use. Depending on the type of research being translated, the “practical user” might be a health provider, manager, a legislator, a community health worker, or a normal citizen. Knowledge translation is a spectrum of activities which will change according to the type of research, the time-frame, and the audience being targeted.

KT as a process, includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve health. It aims at ensuring that stakeholders are aware of and use research evidence to inform decision-making, and that research is informed by available evidence and the experience and information needs of stakeholders.

A policy brief presents a concise summary of information that can help readers understand and likely make decisions about program management or government policies. Policy briefs give objective summaries of relevant research, suggest possible policy options, or go even further and argue for particular courses of action.

The focus of this write-shop course will be communicating technical expertise on evidence- based research findings to the general audience. We will cover key elements such knowledge translation, communication, policy brief writing and policy dialogues.

Course learning outcomes:

After the course the participants will be able to:

*   Translate and communicate their research findings into a language consistent with the audience.

*   Develop and evaluate policy briefs.

Facilitators:

  1. Prof. Elton Kisanga (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania)
  2. Prof. Dr. Pascal Magnussen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  3. Dr. Leonard Mboera (SACIDS Foundation for One Health, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania)