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Webinar: Revisiting and reflecting on the NCCDH’s knowledge translation approaches

In this one-hour presentation, former NCCDH Scientific Director Connie Clement draws on NCCDH experience, published literature and her career in public health to offer a critical analysis of the process of knowledge translation (KT) and explain NCCDH KT approaches.

Click here to access the recording. Click here to access the presentation’s reference list.

Critiques of Knowledge Translation (KT)

The purpose of this webinar is to contextualize the challenges of doing and applying KT, especially as it relates to health equity and related public health practice.

Exploring KT’s positivist and clinical roots, Connie explains critiques of KT, from the metaphor of translation itself to the hierarchy of knowledges and voices that KT frequently reflects. In particular, she delves into how equity considerations are often sidelined in the KT process.

KT frameworks and models

Further on, Connie discusses some of the work the NCCDH has done in determining the suitability of KT frameworks and models:

  • to explain the conditions that lead to health equity and
  • to demonstrate effective action to practitioners.

The NCCDH’s approach to KT

From here, Connie explores the space the NCCDH occupies within the current public health KT landscape.

This includes some of the considerations the NCCDH makes in order to capture a wide range of knowledge sources, such as French-language content and resources relating to Indigenous knowledge.

She expands upon the NCCDH’s use of knowledge brokering, referencing some of the frameworks the Centre has used to shape its knowledge brokering work in the past.

Interactive KT model

Exploring the NCCDH’s own KT framework, she outlines how the work of Greenhalgh et al.’s 2004 dynamic and interactive KT model — which addresses linkages, user systems, resources and knowledge purveyors — applies to the Centre’s work.


Connie Clement
Connie Clement, Associate and Scientific Director Emeritus, NCCDH

Related resources

The references cited in the webinar are available in a downloadable PDF list here.

Click here to access the recording (English only).

  • Presenters:
  • Connie Clement
    Connie Clement

    Connie Clement, BSc

    Scientific Director Emeritus

    Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

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