Programme theory development and formative evaluation of a provincial knowledge translation unit

Thomson D, Brooks S, Nuspl M, Hartling L.

Health Res Policy Sys 17, 40 (2019) doi:10.1186/s12961-019-0437-y

Research shows a significant gap between healthcare research and evidence-based healthcare policy and practice. Knowledge translation (KT) has an important role in addressing this gap by supporting evidence-informed healthcare. The KT Platform used a mixed-methods approach to develop their Platform’s programme theory and subsequently conducted the formative evaluation. 

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