Bringing research to life
Communication, collaboration, and influence for research impact.
What is Knowledge Translation?
Knowledge translation is known by many terms including research translation, knowledge transfer and exchange, and engaged scholarship.
In a nutshell, knowledge translation is about getting the right information, to the right people, at the right time, and in a format they can use, so as to influence decision making.
Knowledge translation should be thought of as a system of processes that enable the development, dissemination, implementation, evaluation and impact of research evidence for those who need it. It requires collaboration, innovation, and the development of sustainable solutions.
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Dr Tamika Heiden – Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia.
Hi, I’m Tamika Heiden, Principal and Founder.
I don’t know about you, but I became a researcher so that I could change the world! I guess I was a bit optimistic, but I really wanted to discover new things, I wanted to help people, and I wanted to make a difference somehow. These are values that have stayed with me, but I have realised that research alone, and the discovery of new evidence alone, will not make the difference that I was aiming for. I have realised the need to work in new ways to ensure that the findings of research get to the people who need to know about it, or who need to use it. Importantly, I have found and learnt proven methods, models and frameworks that can help.
Words from our raving fans!
Your ability to understand my project and apply KT principals helped me to unlock, then articulate the best way to plan and describe the successful translation and implementation of my proposed project. I will hopefully contact you with news of my successful Fellowship and definitely look to engaging your talents to increase my skills and then improve outcomes for trauma patients across New South Wales!
Dr Lisa Sharwood, Research Manager & Post Doctoral.
Fellow John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research. The University of Sydney
“I would highly recommend Tamika’s Knowledge Translation Workshop. It was great for brainstorming, interactive learning, and problem-solving. The creative exercises got everyone relaxed and involved and the take-away handouts are an excellent resource moving forward.”
Dr Amina Khambalia, Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research, Kolling Institute, The University of Sydney
The KT roadmap workshop June 2016
Excellent WorkshopI attended the knowledge translation roadmap workshop yesterday in preparation for a research fellowship application. This was a fantastic experience – Tamika was very knowledgeable and engaging, the content was relevant and interesting, and I have left the workshop feeling transformed. This will change the way I plan my research and no doubt will lead to better translation of my research. Thank you!Dr Liz ClarkeSub-Dean (Early Career Researchers), Northern Clinical School, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
Great practical value!Tamika’s approach to teaching the value and power of social media was both practical and excellent. She stimulated interest in the course material in an engaging and well organised way. The overall feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. The true value of this workshop was revealed over the following 3 days at our scientific retreat where participants sent and responded to multiple tweets and LinkedIn stories of the latest advances being presented at the retreat. I would highly recommend this workshop.Professor Maria KavallarisDirector, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, University of New South WalesChair, Education Committee, ARC Centre of Excellence in Bio-Nano Science
Passionate and knowledgeable
Tamika is passionate and knowledgeable about strategies to turn research into positive outcomes for society. Drawing on her extensive experience working with researchers and research organisations, particularly in North America, Tamika is an engaging and thought provoking speaker and educator. She will definitely challenge you and your team to think outside the square about how to increase awareness about your research, and maximise its impact.
Tim Payne, Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects, The University of Sydney
Engaging, helpful and a good use of time
This workshop was great. Tamika was fantastic. She understood the constraints and realities of academic workloads and provided effective and efficient strategies for using social media. I would highly recommend this workshop to colleagues. Thanks for the opportunity and the new social media skills – I have already put them to use! I am looking forward to the follow-up.
Melissa Graham, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Deakin University VIC, November 2015
Interesting and enlightening
As an experienced teacher and a novice researcher I found the Mastering Knowledge Translation Workshop to be both interesting and enlightening. There is a vast amount of literature on the value of research in education and equally as much literature on the value of good teaching practice. The conceptual framework presented in the workshop illustrated for me a way that research could be communicated more effectively to inform and change practice.
Dr Christina Lee, School of Education, Edith Cowan University
Join the Network
Link with people, both nationally in Australia, and internationally, who are doing or have experience in KT. This is a community for people working in, or interested in, Knowledge Translation. A place to share experiences and resources on what works and what doesn’t.