Is This Evidence Useful to Me? Assessing the Applicability and Transferability of Evidence

Murphy, K. (2011). Is this Evidence Useful to Me? Assessing the Applicability and Transferability of Evidence in CRICH Knowledge Translation Toolkit. Toronto: Centre for Research on Inner City Health.



This tool establishes a process with corresponding criteria for assessing the appropriateness of research evidence to be effectively adapted to the local setting. The tool assesses the applicability of the research with a specific focus on equity considerations, the cost-benefits of an intervention and the availability of resources to support the implementation of an intervention. It also considers the transferability of the research, specifically if the intervention aligns with the values of the local setting and existing policies.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The tool guides users through a 12-item checklist organized under five usability criteria:

  1. Applicability
  2. Acceptability
  3. Feasibility
  4. Generalizability
  5. Transferability & adaptability

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