Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Study 12

Successful Knowledge Translation from the Perspective of Diverse Knowledge Users: An Exploratory Study


How do our knowledge users want to be involved in the research process and knowledge exchange, and what are the best ways to keep them engaged? This is what researchers aimed to determine from this mixed methods study that identified the most effective ways to partner with knowledge users to achieve the common goal of improving health services for adults with multiple chronic conditions. Knowledge users including patients and their families, health professionals, health system decision-makers, researchers and students, were asked these five questions.

What do knowledge users perceive as “optimal engagement” as part of a research team?

What are the perceptions of knowledge users about how to best facilitate sustained engagement?

What are the perceptions of knowledge users about ways to facilitate exchange of knowledge and expertise?

What does successful knowledge uptake (use) look like in relation to knowledge users’ work with ACHRU?

What are knowledge users’ experiences in engagement in the ACHRU research team?

Funder: McMaster University, Neumeier Fund


Research Summary

  • Ruta Valaitis
    McMaster University
    School of Nursing
  • Rebecca Ganann
    Assistant Professor
    McMaster University School of Nursing
    MIRA Collaborative for Health and Aging
  • Maureen Markle-Reid
  • Jenny Ploeg
  • Laurie Kennedy
  • Anita Kothari
  • Jennifer Yost
  • Kathy Fisher
  • Kristina Chang

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

Successful Integrated Knowledge Translation: What Do Our Knowledge Users Think?

In this study ACHRU researchers are exploring knowledge users’ perceptions of factors influencing engagement, knowledge exchange, uptake and impact.

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Rebecca Ganann Receives Respected Postdoctoral Fellow Leadership Award

We are very proud to announce Rebecca Ganann, is a recipient of the 2017 FHS Research Plenary Postdoctoral Fellow Leadership Award.

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