Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
Achieving impact begins with knowledge transfer and exchange of research findings between key stakeholders, a complex non-linear process which requires an interactive exchange. The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) is committed to building capacity for knowledge transfer and exchange across the palliative care research community to advance palliative care policy and practice:
- 2013-2017, AIIHPC funded a research project with University College Dublin and Ulster University to develop a knowledge transfer and exchange model for use in palliative care research - Developing & implementing a ‘System’ of structured network-wide dissemination & knowledge transfer activities. An Evidence-based Model for the Transfer and exchange of Research Knowledge “EMTReK” was developed. The model is designed to guide researchers developing strategic dissemination strategies for their research projects.
- 2015-2017, AIIHPC with funding from the Health Research Board (HRB) under the Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) identified cross-cutting messages for palliative care research on the island of Ireland – through the Knowledge Innovation Dissemination Learning Exchange (KINDLE) project (#KINDLEProject). This included reviewing research outputs from the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) such as the HRB funded projects on Social Justice and Measurement & Evaluation, EMTReK Project, and other projects such as clinical, doctoral and post-doctoral Fellowships. The KINDLE project aimed to “re-package” identified key messages to reach all stakeholders. The KINDLE videos, launched during Palliative Care Week 2017 maximise the accessibility of the learnings. The overall project findings received exposure via a blog and oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences. AIIHPC continues to promote the findings from the KINDLE project.
- 2017-2020, AIIHPC announced a three-year €210,000 investment for the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) provided by the HRB (Republic of Ireland) and the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland). There are now two project managers working part-time in managing the PCRN and Knowledge Transfer and Exchange activities. Through the appointment of a project manager for knowledge transfer and exchange, the Institute set a three-year timeframe to build and evaluate competence for palliative care researchers and health care professionals in knowledge transfer and exchange using the EMTReK model. In order to promote the implementation of evidence into practice to benefit those diagnosed with life-limiting conditions and their families. This ongoing project has led to the design and delivery of a series of knowledge transfer and exchange workshops advocating the use of the EMTReK model, supported with a process chart, to guide researchers’ knowledge dissemination activities.
AIIHPC is supporting researchers in palliative care with tailored knowledge transfer and exchange instruction. The Institute has developed palliative care research project webpages combined with blogs, videos, reports, papers, posters, helpful links and more.