From Research to Practice: A Knowledge Transfer Planning Guide and Worksheets

Reardon, R., Lavis, J., & Gibson, J. (2006). From research to practice: A knowledge transfer planning guide. Retrieved from Institute for Work & Health website:

Canadian Template available


In this knowledge transfer tool, users work through four worksheets to answer five fundamental questions:

  1. What should be transferred?
  2. To whom should the message be transferred?
  3. By whom should be the message be transferred?
  4. How should the message be transferred?
  5. With what effect/impact should the message be transferred?

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The toolkit guides users to identify:

  • The intended audience(s)
  • The intended message
  • Barriers and facilitators
  • Key spokesperson
  • The most effective way to convey the message(s)

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