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Sharing tacit knowledge to build capacity for knowledge translation: Lessons learned from pan-Canadian public health webinars

Date and Location




Monday 23 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

Sunita Chera

Contact person

Sunita Chera
Abstract text
Background: The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) recently launched a webinar series, “Spotlight on KT Methods & Tools” which features popular knowledge translation (KT) resources to support public health professionals in moving research evidence into practice. Webinars bring together the KT tool developer, who highlights the tool’s development and implementation information, as well as a health practitioner, who shares how the resource has been used in practice. Sharing tacit knowledge and implementation information on KT resources may be a key prerequisite to use research evidence in public health. Objectives: The aim of the webinar series is to build awareness and promote uptake of KT methods and tools among public health professionals. Methods: An online survey was administered to NCCMT users to determine which KT methods and tools to feature in the webinar series. NCCMT partnered with CHNET-Works!, University of Ottawa, to offer the webinars to a broad network of decision-makers, practitioners and researchers from across Canada and internationally. Post-event online surveys, with open and closed-ended questions, were administered to assess participant awareness and intentions to use KT resources in their work. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze quantitative data, and qualitative data were coded and analyzed by content analysis. Results: NCCMT has hosted six webinars reaching more than 775 public health professionals. Feedback from 230 participants (30% response rate) revealed that 63% participants were unaware of the featured KT tool and 70% had not used the tool in their work prio to the webinar. Most participants (83%) reported the webinars increased their motivation to explore the tool and use it in practice (67%). Conclusions: Webinars effectively increase accessibility of KT methods and tools by sharing tacit knowledge on how to apply KT resources in public health, and may increase resource uptake.