Innovation to Implementation: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Translation in Healthcare

Knowledge Exchange Centre of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (2012). Innovation to implementation: A practical guide to knowledge translation in healthcare. Retrieved from Organization website:



This practical, action-oriented guide shows users how to drive change using knowledge translation (KT) activities. It outlines seven steps to move from innovation to implementation.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The I2I guide walks users through a series of seven steps designed to develop, implement and evaluate a KT plan by asking guided questions and providing tips on things to avoid. The seven steps are:

  1. State the purpose of your KT plan.
  2. Select the innovation around which your KT plan will be built.
  3. Specify the actors and actions: who needs to do what differently?
  4. Identify the best agents of change: who should be delivering knowledge about this innovation?
  5. Design your KT plan.
  6. Implement the plan.
  7. Evaluate.

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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