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Knowledge Translation Planning Primer

A summary of

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2012). Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

How to cite this NCCMT summary:

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (2013). Knowledge Translation Planning Primer. Hamilton, ON: McMaster University. (Updated 08 July, 2013) Retrieved from http://www.nccmt.ca/resources/search/186.

Categories: Tool, Synthesize, Implement, Evaluate, Communication, Knowledge dissemination, Knowledge exchange, KT plan, Organizational capacity and management, Program planning

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

Relevance for Public Health
This tool allows users to plan implementation and evaluation steps to tailor knowledge translation (KT) strategies to meet various stakeholder needs. With worksheets, tips, strategies and additional resources, this resource outlines a KT plan specific to each individual stakeholder group.

Developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer provides a user guide, worksheet and strategies to support knowledge sharing and exchange, as well as indicators to measure the impact of knowledge translation initiatives.

This KT tool builds on KT resources that help users to plan, implement and evaluate a KT strategy. The KT Planning Primer includes a worksheet to be used with each identified audience, available in a fillable MS Word format, to document planning, implementing and evaluating KT strategies.

Other related resources include:

Implementing the Method/Tool
Steps for Using Method/Tool

The KT Planning Primer consists of the following steps:

  • Who will you reach?
  • Why (KT objectives)?
  • What is the message?
  • How will you reach your audience (format and delivery)?
  • How (opportunities and barriers for knowledge exchange)?
  • How (your resources)?
  • Impact (measure and revise)?

Appendices provide additional information and strategies for:

Who is involved
Individuals or groups that are planning, implementing or evaluating knowledge translation interventions could use this tool.
Conditions for Use
Not specified
Evaluation and Measurement Characteristics
Information not available
Not applicable
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Methodological Rating
Not applicable
Method/Tool Development
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa ON
Method of Development
The KT Planning Primer was developed from other knowledge translation resources and is based on the work of regional knowledge development and exchange analysts at the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Release Date
Contact Person/Source
Munira Lalji
Public Health Agency of Canada
Western Region
815 Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4C3
Email: munira.lalji@phac-aspc.gc.ca
Tel: 780-495-7019


Title of Primary Resource
Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer
File Attachment
Public Health Agency of Canada. (2012). Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.
Type of Material
On-line Access
Cost to Access
English, French
Conditions for Use
Copyright © 2012 Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada

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