Knowledge Translation means making information from research usable. No, it does not mean “dumbing down” high level concepts. Rather, knowledge translation is a careful process of taking those concepts and making them accessible and relevant to the people who can really benefit from them. Sometimes this means explaining jargon and removing redundancies, sometimes it means putting information in front of the people who need to see it, and sometimes it means changing the format of the information.
Many of our favourite projects involve knowledge translation. With Men Edmonton, we engaged and brought together stakeholders to have conversations about how to reduce and prevent gender-based violence. Over several years we worked to develop a robust system and team of partners to educate and share knowledge in a peer-based, non-programmatic format consistent with the latest research. This strategy involved the heavy use of digital media to share information and connect stakeholders, as well as ongoing public engagement events and discussions.
Working with Alberta Father Involvement Initiative, we developed resources and campaigns to bring vital information to service providers and fathers. This involved designing print resources such as several versions of the New Baby Dad’s Manual and a corresponding guide to the resource for Alberta service providers working directly with parents. During our time managing their social media, website traffic increased by over 1000%.
With Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and a collaborative group of partners, we designed a visual map to help families understand complex legal processes like applying for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO). Entering the court building alone can be intimidating enough, and these resources help to demystify these processes and help those in need to know what to expect.
From 2016-2018 we worked with the University of Calgary, Alberta Human Rights and Multiculturalism Fund, and Alberta Men’s Network to develop and disseminate research briefs and toolkits to bring the information from the groundbreaking Alberta Men’s Survey back to the community. This highly collaborative process involved ongoing work with stakeholders to create usable documents for service providers working with men.