What is it?
Have you identified a need for practice improvement? Your knowledge translation (KT) project will help you integrate evidence into best practices. Knowledge Translation (KT) is the art and science of moving evidence into health care policy and practice. The KT Challenge is designed to support teams of clinicians who may not have much KT expertise, but are responsible for moving evidence into practice. We are now accepting applications for the 2024 KT Challenge program!
BC Cancer is delighted to partner with Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health on the Knowledge Translation Challenge program.
The KT Challenge will:
- Support BC Cancer staff who do not have knowledge translation experience
- Help design your own KT project
- Provide easy access to KT resources, mentorship and funding
How can I participate?
The KT Challenge is designed to support teams of point-of-care staff and clinicians who may not have much KT expertise, but are responsible for moving evidence into practice. To participate:
- Review the KT Challenge guidelines and KT Challenge timeline.
- Form a team of 2 or more people. Teams can be inter-professional. At least one member has to be a point-of-care staff.
- Designate a team leader (must be 0.5 FTE or greater, employed at BC Cancer for a minimum of one year).
- Complete and submit the letter of intent by October 16, 2023.
I want to be involved, but don’t know much about Knowledge Translation – can I still participate?
The KT Challenge is perfect for you! We’ve designed the KT Challenge to teach beginners the basics of knowledge translation.
How much award money is available for teams who are selected to participate in the KT Challenge?
Successful teams will receive up to $5,000 each in funding to conduct their KT project.
When are the KT workshops?
To help you develop your KT plan, two workshops will be held with one in December 2022 and one in March 2023.
What will the KT Challenge funding cover and what will it not cover?
Funds are available for use after the ethics application has been approved (if required). Eligible expenses include: staff time to work on the project; salaries for research assistants, transcription costs; consultant fees for data analysis; purchase of small equipment (less than $100 usually); office supplies; software licenses, and survey licenses. Teams must include a detailed budget when they write their full proposal for funding. Details about budget development will be made available to teams.
What will be expected of participants?
Applicants will find team members and complete a short LOI form. If your application is accepted, you are expected to attend two virtual KT skills workshops, participate in an online community of learners, and write a five-page proposal for funding, with support from a KT mentor. Teams whose projects are selected will be supported with funds and a mentor to conduct their projects over a 2-year period. Team leaders and members will be required to complete the online KT Challenge evaluation surveys.
What is the expectation of funded teams with regard to sharing their findings?
Each funded team will be asked to write a brief report to the KT Challenge Advisory Committee on their learnings and achievements.
How do I know if my project is better suited for the KT Challenge vs the Practice-Based Research Challenge?
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