Knowledge Translation Planning Template©

Barwick, M. (2008, 2013, 2019). Knowledge Translation Planning Template. ON: The Hospital for Sick Children

Canadian Template available En français


This template can be used to plan and evaluate a knowledge translation (KT) strategy. It identifies and documents the steps needed to implement a KT strategy. Key take-aways from the article include:

  • Interventions to change practice should be evaluated using the most rigorous design possible, considering the need for local vs. generalizable knowledge.
  • Managers should routinely incorporate simple evaluation designs into program implementation to increase the impact of services.
  • Researchers should conduct rigorous evaluations with rich descriptions of context and implementation to explore reasons for success and failure.

In addition to the review article, a PowerPoint presentation with key points from the article is available from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The template guides users through KT sections to help identify:

  • Main messages
  • Audiences
  • Methods
  • Impacts and evaluation
  • Additional resources needed

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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