About the Registry of Methods and Tools

What are methods and tools?

A method is a process or series of steps to organize a knowledge translation activity (e.g., a framework to create a dissemination plan). A tool is a product or instrument to carry out the steps of a knowledge translation activity (e.g., a checklist for your dissemination plan).

What is Knowledge Translation?

At the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), we use the definition of knowledge translation developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):

Knowledge translation (KT) is defined as a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.

The Registry’s inventory of methods and tools supports the planning, doing and evaluating of public health policies and practices across all four types of knowledge translation activities.

The objectives of the Registry are to:

  1. Filter and highlight methods and tools relevant to public health from many knowledge translation resources
  2. Increase access to knowledge translation resources by providing brief and detailed summary statements of resources that can be easily searched and viewed
  3. Increase understanding and use of knowledge translation methods and tools

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