Draft conceptual framework for evaluating KT terms


Join us in choosing a proposed definition for KT terms based on a draft conceptual framework. We invite your comments on the process, framework and chosen definitions.

  • Need (Identify) Problem. Must be a need and stated specifically. Eg needs assessment, can also be noted as a specific issue such as smoking, sexual problems, fitness. (NOUN)
  • Purpose is usually general and can be terms like guide practice, change habits, improve knowledge, increase awareness, etc. This can also be specific ie what you are going to do with the problem, action to take. (VERB) What you are planning on happening. What you are going to do to make this happen is Intevention. This is NOT something like “a series of activities”.
  • Change agent/tool/medium
  • Intervention: What is done SPECIFICALLY (HOW EXACTLY) to people to get evidence into practice. Can be an educational lecture, a computer program, workshop, CDSS tools, printed materials, television ads, Much more granular and specific.
  • User/ target
  • Linkage/how mediation is done – eg informatics, education, training. This is GENERAL like computerization. This generally HOW you are going to do this, eg education for patients, changes in formularies
  • Context or setting Statement or phrase that refers to the setting: Can be as general as healthcare setting or as specific as a ward in a pediatric hospital or family practice clinic.
  • Evidence To given this designation the definition must include something about “research”, “research findings”, “scientifically sound”, “strongest possible”, RCTs, etc.
  • Outcome/target population/patient condition
  • Skills
  • Evaluation: is there a component for evaluation? (one time assessment)
  • Monitoring: Is there a component for monitoring (ongoing, continuing evaluation)


List of KT terms already evaluated

Innovation adoption,Research utilization, Knowledge mobilization, Dissemination, Diffusion of innovation,
Capacity building, Implementation science, Knowledge dissemination, Knowledge cycle, Innovation adaptation, Diffusion, Knowledge transformation, Knowledge communication.