Promoting Action on Equity Issues: A Knowledge-to-Action Handbook

Bowen, S., Botting, I., & Roy, J. (2011). Promoting action on equity issues: a knowledge-to-action handbook. Retrieved from Organization website:

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This toolkit provides guidance on evidence-informed decision making to address health equity issues. Drawing on the results of the Knowledge-to-Action Research Project, this resource provides a framework and worksheets that can be used to develop an equity-focused knowledge translation strategy. The toolkit contains four major sections:

  • Section 1: Knowledge translation 101
  • Section 2: Getting ready to frame a strategy
  • Section 3: Starting in the right place
  • Section 4: Developing a comprehensive strategy

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The toolkit guides users through an iterative decision-making process:

  • Build a coalition of partners – Use practical considerations for building a team to support your knowledge translation strategy.
  • Determine the current challenge – Use worksheets to tease out contextual factors to give a comprehensive understanding of the issue.
  • Inform a response – Develop a policy/program response to your issue.
  • Inform implementation – Assess evidence to inform how your proposed solution will address the issue through an implementation strategy.
  • Change practice – Implement new practice.
  • Maintain support – Keep the policy/program agenda, ensure stakeholder and staff engagement

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.

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