Finally Keiko Shikako-Thomas presented Integrated Knowledge Translation: Engaging Stakeholders, Influencing Policy, Promoting Participation.
Keiko discussed taking knowledge translation out of the lab to clinic and expanding that idea to the patients, administrators and policy makers to truly get new knowledge ingrained in our societies, not just our clinics.
To do this, she gave us 4 steps:
- Map. In this step, it is important to identify the important players in our goals and how to best engage them. We need to identify which of those players are already on-board and which are not.
- Engage. Then we need to come up with a plan to get those that are not yet on board to join our team. Some strategies may include: having deliberative dialogue, consultations, meetings, coming together with new and known partners to expand the new knowledge’s reach. This can be accomplished with paid and/or volunteer folk.
- Measure. Is this working? Can use tools such as CIROP Measure of Impact or Ready, Set, Change!
- Sustain. Keep going! Keep in contact with all the people involved via newsletters. Continue working on other projects with your other interested organizations.
I must admit advocacy at that level is way beyond me and I was mostly wide eyed during that presentation and probably didn’t glean nearly as much as Keiko intended. I did learn something of the process though– that I know next to nothing and had better stay in the following role for now. Haha.
Well, folks, that is the last of the lecture sessions from IV Step. I was sad to for it to end and to leave the wonderful atmosphere there. Almost like the let down after returning home from summer camp. But that’s where the proverbial rubber meets the road: what now? We’ll discuss that tomorrow!