Finding Tools to Measure the Impact of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) Activities

Van Eerd, D., Cole, D., Keown, K., Irvin, E., Kramer, D., Brenneman Gibson, J., et al. (2011). A systematic review of the quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation and impact. Retrieved from Institute for Work & Health website:



This review outlines a systematic method for identifying instruments to evaluate knowledge translation (KT) initiatives and their impact. The review synthesizes 16 peer-reviewed articles with specific recommendations for practitioners and researchers.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The review provides the following recommendations:

  • Consider evaluation instruments found in this review when planning an evaluation of a knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE). initiative.
  • When choosing an instrument, look for a clear presentation of the measurement properties.
  • Select or construct well-developed instruments for evaluation.
  • Consider developing instruments that can be used in various contexts.
  • Systematically develop and use evaluation instruments with known measurement properties to advance KTE evaluation.

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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