Knowledge Development and Exchange

Our work in knowledge development and exchange (KDE) provides the most extensive example of our focus to bridge between researchers and decision makers in policy or practice. Over the last three years, InSource team members have published extensively, presented at some 50 conferences and workshops in 10 countries, and have received significant university grant funding to study effective KDE models and methods.

InSource uses KDE models that ensure sound scientific foundations, and most importantly provide the strategies and tools that work best for planners, policy makers, and practitioners (see our Resource section – Graham et al, 2006 for the CIHR model, the 2010 Public Health Agency of Canada model, and Best & Holmes, 2010 for our own work).

We see KDE as “an ever-turning cycle of policy-informed research leading to evidence-informed policy” (CIHR, 2011), and work with clients through the stages of needs assessment, knowledge synthesis, planning, implementation and evaluation, using a range of powerful tools: e.g. training and capacity building, rapid reviews, concept mapping, network analysis, and outcome mapping. Ask us for examples of the work we do at each stage.