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Table 1 Overview of knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) activities and evaluation strategies

From: Talk, trust and time: a longitudinal study evaluating knowledge translation and exchange processes for research on violence against women

KTE Activity Description and Participants Evaluation Approach
Phase 1 (2006 and 2007)
Key message development (VAW Research Phase 1 Studies and Testing Trial) (Spring and Summer 2006) Core research team and policy partner/funder drafted key messages; the wider VAW research team reviewed them, and they were formatted for stakeholder audiences. Observation and journaling by core research team re: process
Stakeholder workshops
(October 2006)
82 stakeholders attended one of three half-day workshops in Toronto, Ottawa, or London Ontario. Workshop evaluation survey (Fall 2006) (n = 75)
In-depth telephone interviews (Winter 2006/7) (n = 20)
Follow-up online survey (Winter 2007) (n = 33)
Online community of interest (launched Spring 2007) In response to request from stakeholders, created an online wiki-based site to continue interaction. Usage data
Phase 2 (2008 and 2009)
Key message development (Screening Trial)
(late 2008 to early 2009)
Core research team and policy partners/funders drafted key messages; wider VAW research team reviewed them, and they were formatted for stakeholder audiences, including media talking points. Observation and journaling by core research team re: process
Family Violence Knowledge Exchange Forum (January 2009) Day-long meeting, in Toronto, of 76 stakeholders and 111 researchers from the McMaster VAW Research Program. Focus on high-level key messages and discussion of policy and practice implications. Forum evaluation survey (n = 38)
Analysis of Forum small group transcripts (n = 10 groups)
Participant follow-up survey (Summer 2009) (n = 21)
Follow-up interviews (Fall 2009 to Winter 2010) (n = 12)
Media (Summer 2009) Publication of screening trial in JAMA in August 2009 led to significant media interest Included questions about media exposure in follow-up interviews
  1. 1Three members of the research team who attended were knowledge user partners with clinical leadership roles; VAW: violence against women; JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association