The RNAO Toolkit

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. (2012). Toolkit: Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.

Canadian Template available Example available En français


This toolkit helps organizations implement evidence to improve practice and health outcomes. The tool has been revised from the original to include new resources, templates and case examples at each step of the framework.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The toolkit guides users through six steps and provides multiple tools for each stage:

  • Step 1 – Identify the problem, review and select knowledge.
  • Step 2a – Adapt knowledge to the local context.
  • Step 2b – Conduct a stakeholder analysis.
  • Step 2c – Conduct a resource assessment.
  • Step 3 – Assess the facilitators and barriers to knowledge use.
  • Step 4 – Select, tailor and implement intervention and implementation strategies.
  • Step 5 – Monitor knowledge use and evaluate outcomes.
  • Step 6 – Sustain knowledge use.

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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