Specialist Knowledge Translation Training Australia

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Specialist Knowledge Translation Training Workshop

Do your researchers, educators, policy and decision makers know how to translate knowledge?
Could your Knowledge Translation (KT) professionals benefit from practical KT training?
Do they understand why knowledge translation is important?
Can they develop a KT plan for grant proposals?

A knowledge translation (KT) or research translation plan is emerging as a research requirement. The SKTT™ workshop was developed on the premise that researchers are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilisation, and ensuring that research findings reach the appropriate knowledge user audiences. This workshop was designed to teach the unique skillset that surrounds KT practice.

The SKTT™ workshop was developed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. A world-leader in KT research and practice, SickKids is partnering with Knowledge Translation Australia™ to offer a tailored SKTT™ curriculum relevant to the Australian context.

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Your Trainer

Tamika is Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia™ and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. A graduate of SickKids’ Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (KTPC) and with a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager, Tamika is uniquely qualified to train researchers in KT methods. She is also one of a small number of individuals in Australia trained in KT through the KTPC, which facilitates the creation of relevant research and the delivery of findings through changes in practice, programs and policy.

Tamika Heiden, PhD

Tamika is Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia™ and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. A graduate of SickKids’ Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (KTPC) and with a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager, Tamika is uniquely qualified to train researchers in KT methods. She is also one of a small number of individuals in Australia trained in KT through the KTPC, which facilitates the creation of relevant research and the delivery of findings through changes in practice, programs and policy.

Are you a researcher, educator, policy maker, or knowledge translation (KT) professional?  
Do you want to know more about why KT is relevant?
Do you need or want to know how to develop and evaluate a KT plan?
Could you benefit from practical KT Training?

Who should attend?

The course is appropriate for scientists (basic, clinical, health services, population health) as well as educators, clinicians and KT professionals (e.g., KT Specialist, KT Manager, Knowledge Broker). While the focus is on health, the material is highly relevant to individuals working in other sectors. SKTT is intended to build practical knowledge and skills, and prominent KT theories and models are also introduced.

The SKTT course is intended for anyone who has an interest in:

  •  Sharing research knowledge with varied knowledge user audiences beyond the traditional academic community
  • Increasing the impact potential of their research  
  • Applying KT principles for sharing knowledge

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define KT and related terms (e.g., implementation science)
  • Describe the role and importance of KT in for their context and role
  • Identify strategies for sharing evidence and engaging multiple knowledge user audiences
  • Use KT planning tools and resources to develop a KT plan (e.g., KT Planning Template™)

 

Initially developed to help SickKids Scientists build their KT skills, the course is equally suited to KT professionals, clinicians, clinician-scientists, educators and decision makers.  The material is universally applicable across sectors, job roles and geographic location.


Focus

This is a very practice-oriented course that covers:

1. The utility of KT, for researchers, educators, clinician-scientists and others
2. KT strategies and their evidence base
3. Developing a KT plan (practical, hands-on approach using tools)
4. Plain language communication
5. Communicating with different audiences

Course Learning Objectives

  • Define KT and related terms
  • Describe the role and importance of KT in our current social, political and research contexts
  • Use KT planning tools and resources to begin developing a KT plan
  • Identify communication strategies for reaching multiple audiences
  • Outline and apply strategies for working with the media and engaging policy and decision-makers
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Logistics

The Specialist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTTAustralia™) course typically runs for two days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive tools such as the Knowledge Translation Planning Template (Barwick 2008), and a SKTT Manual (Barwick et al, 2005).

Typically, the size of the group is 18-25 people who are scientists, clinicians, educators and KT professionals.

Groups who contract with Knowledge Translation Australia for training receive:

  • An advertisement to circulate in your organisation
  • Cost details
  • Two reserved dates for your training
  • Baseline KT evaluation for your group
  • Post training evaluation for your group
  • Certificate of completion for your participants

Knowledge Translation Australia offers the course in two formats:

  • For external organisations in Australia and New Zealand who contract on behalf of their group (Example – A university or Medical Research Institute)
  • For individuals outside held in Australia and New Zealand

 

Participant Feedback

  • Thank you Tamika!

    I truly enjoyed this workshop and have made some relevant decisions for our research projects based on the content and ideas presented.

    Ana Mantilla, Research Associate and Project Manager

    Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University

  • 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

  • Grant success, thank you!

    “I appreciate the time Tamika took to understand my project so that she could give me relevant advice. She explained how to break down and communicate the translational steps clearly. “

    Dr Sarah Hilmer, University of Sydney

  • I Have Achieved One of My Goals

    I have achieved one of my goals from my 90 day action plan already as I was motivated to tick one of my boxes off early! (Took 2hrs)

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District, July 10, 2018

  • Highly Beneficial

    This was a highly beneficial workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District, July 10, 2018

  • We All Came Away with Greater Understanding

    Tamika delivered the two-day SKTT course to a group of 25 researchers at Melbourne Children’s. We all came away with greater understanding and ability to apply KT theories, frameworks and approaches in our work. Tamika is an engaging and knowledgeable presenter whose training will help individuals and organisations realise their research impact goals.

    Ken Knight, Senior Project Lead, Knowledge Translation, Centre for Community Child Health, Policy, Equity & Translation Research Group