Background: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are mandated to ensure the results of the research it funds lead to improved health and health systems. However, current knowledge translation (KT) efforts may be insufficient to promote the uptake of these CIHR funded reviews into policy and practice in Canada. The Cochrane Collaboration, review groups and systematic review authors face similar challenges in facilitating the uptake of reviews into health policy and practice.
Objectives: The purpose of this project is to identify high quality CIHR funded syntheses relevant to public health practice, and to promote the uptake of this evidence into policy and practice.
Methods: Eleven methodologically rigorously completed CIHR funded reviews were identified with another 12 reviews expected to be completed during 2011. Short summaries highlighting what the evidence is and corresponding implications for policy and practice will be written for each review. The multi-pronged KT strategy to promote uptake of the evidence includes tailored, electronic messages, webcasts, and topic specific online discussion groups moderated by a knowledge broker.
Results: We will evaluate these KT strategies by tracking how often the summaries and full text reviews are accessed at www.health-evidence.ca.
Conclusions: At the time of the Cochrane Colloquium in October 2011, we will be nearing the completion of the KT strategy for this project and will be able to report on the extent to which we have been able to reach and engage the public health community in these CIHR funded syntheses. Lessons learned from this project will provide useful insight to those intent on promoting the uptake of Cochrane reviews.