Webinar: Moving Knowledge into Action through SHKN Communities of Practice

Publication/Event Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, a three-year research project looked at nine different knowledge translation initiatives carried out by Ontario Communities of Practice (CoPs). Several of the initiatives studied were led by CoPs within the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN).

This presentation will focus on the facilitators of and barriers to knowledge translation and exchange encountered by these CoPs, including contextual factors and the roles played by initiative participants.

The principle investigator of this project, James Conkin, will share the major findings, and will describe the two major ways in which these CoPs attempted to move knowledge into action. The presentation will also touch on the way that these CoPs functioned as a temporary social context in which problems could be framed and tested, and on the need for these CoPs to design and implement interventions aimed at different levels in the health system. The presentation will include a panel discussion of the results and a Q&A session.

Host: Lindsay Toth
Date: March 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour

For more information, please contact Lindsay Toth, Technology & Admin Manager, Seniors Health Knowledge Network.
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Speaker: James Conklin
James Conklin, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal, and an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa. His research focuses on planned change and innovation, and he explores this interest through research focusing on how knowledge moves within and between bounded groups in workplace settings in Canada’s health system.
From 2010 to 2014 he was the Nominated Principal Investigator for a CIHR-funded project entitled Knowledge-to-action processes in SHRTN collaborative communities of practice. From 2005 to 2010 he was co-lead of the SHRTN mixed-methods evaluation team that assessed the performance of the network. James's research relies on qualitative methods, and is informed by theories of action science and sensemaking. He won the 2012 Concordia University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication.