KT Theories & Frameworks

This area highlights relevant projects, models, frameworks, theories and other valuable resources in the area of knowledge translation. These resources vary from YouTube videos to journal articles and tools and may cover a wide variety of KT strategies and topics.

Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer
Working Papers
Vathsala Stone
Working papers I and II describe the rationale and development of the Level of Knowledge Use Survey (LOKUS) instrument at the KT4TT center. The LOKUS instrument seeks to capture knowledge use across diverse and diffuse stakeholder types, and track the progress of uptake through awareness, interest, and use.


  • Re-AIM: A Decade Old and Going…Somewhere The RE-AIM Story
    Russell E Glasgow, Ph.D (2011)
    This PowerPoint outlines the development, features, and application of the RE-AIM framework. RE-AIM (Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance) is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice.

Knowledge Translation Training and Tools

Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych
A well-developed knowledge translation (KT) plan is a proposal requirement for health research funding for many funders in North America and abroad, and there is greater attention to research utilization and research impact in many aspects of disability and rehabilitation research. Dr. Melanie Barwick will discuss developing a KT plan in order to increase the impact and reach of research findings to a variety of knowledge users. She will review the state of the scientific evidence for KT strategies and introduce the Knowledge Translation Planning Template© (Barwick 2008, 2013), a tool that can assist with the planning process.

Evaluation of CIHR's Knowledge Translation Funding Program
Robert McLean, BA, BCom, MSc
Ian Grahamm PhD, FCAHS
This report presents key findings and recommendations resulting from an evaluation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Translation (KT) Funding Program. Commercialization programming, although an important aspect of CIHR's KT strategy, is not a part of this study as it is being examined in a separate ongoing CIHR evaluation.

Knowledge Translation: Where Are We? and Where Do We Go From Here?
KT 101 (YouTube Video Part 1of 5)
Ian D Graham, PhD, FCAHS (2013)
This presentation and accompanying Powerpoint outline the importance of knowledge translation, explore different models, and suggest ways to integrate knowledge translation into research itself.

Knowledge Translation: Introduction to Models, Strategies, and Measures
Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD
This paper defines knowledge translation and discusses several models that, together, can be used to delineate components and understand mechanisms necessary for successful knowledge translation. It explores knowledge translation strategies and their effectiveness based on the literature drawn from other health-care fields in addition to rehabilitation. Finally, it presents several methods and approaches to measure the use of research knowledge in various dimensions.

The 'Payback Framework' explained
Claire Donovan and Stephen Hanney (2011)
The Payback Framework is a research tool used to facilitate data collection and cross-case analysis by providing a common structure and so ensuring cognate information is recorded. It consists of a logic model representation of the complete research process, and a series of categories to classify the individual paybacks from research. Its multi-dimensional categorization of benefits from research starts with more traditional academic benefits of knowledge production and research capacity-building and then extends to wider benefits to society.

Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2013
Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012
Peter Levesque
This report is from the first annual Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum. Forum attendees were knowledge mobilization pioneers, from academia, Federal and Provincial/Territorial Government Ministries, Municipalities, and non-governmental agencies. The report details how knowledge mobilization efforts came together through keynote speakers, presenters, and participant activities in sharing knowledge and inspiring the Canadian K* profession.

Paine Publishing
Paine Publishing offers consulting services in the field of communications measurement. It works with communications professionals to help them establish effective communications measurement programs in compliance with industry standards.