The Knowledge Translation Planning Template© Companion Tool for Disability Employment Researchers

Melanie Barwick

Success in research funding, and research more generally, is often realized through the effective dissemination of research findings to the appropriate audiences so they may benefit in some way. Dr. Melanie Barwick developed the Knowledge Translation Planning Template© (KTPT) to support the planning process, but users may struggle with articulating their knowledge translation plan within a research proposal. To address this challenge, Dr. Barwick also developed the KTPT Companion Tool to support the use of the KTPT. The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER Center, NIDILRR award 90DP0077, 2015-2020) developed a Guide for disability employment researchers, and hosted a June 2020 webcast on how to use these resources.

Guide: The Knowledge Translation Planning Template Companion Tool for Disability Employment Researchers is a guide that introduces grantees in the employment portfolio of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and supports their use of the KTPT © Companion Tool.


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About the presenter:
Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych, is a Registered Psychologist and Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program of the SickKids’ Research Institute. She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute, where she sits on the AboutKidsHealth Advisory Board, provides leadership on the Education Council, and leads professional and resource development in knowledge translation within the KT Program. She is also affiliated with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health as a scientist and member of the leadership. At the University of Toronto, she is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a Governing Board Director for Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO), Associate Editor for the journal, Evidence & Policy, and on the Editorial Board of the new journal, Implementation Research and Practice (SIRC).

Her focus is on implementation science, studying innovative dissemination and implementation strategies associated with knowledge translation processes that facilitate how research evidence is used in practice across various contexts, including health, mental health, global health, and education. Her program of research explores empirically supported approaches, measures, and tools to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practices across these multiple contexts. Her work in education and professional development includes the development of the Specialist Knowledge Translation Training program (SKTT), the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC), and Planning for Implementation in Practice (PIP) workshop, as well as several dissemination and implementation tools, including the The KT Game; The Implementation Game; The Knowledge Translation Planning Template and associated Knowledge Translation Plan Companion Tool; and The Knowledge Translation Plan Appraisal Tool. Her work outside of research and teaching includes consulting to the health and child and youth mental health sectors and organizations working to build knowledge translation capacity (