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Critical examination of knowledge-to-action models and implications for promoting health equity

Link to peer-reviewed article (English only). A summary is available here.

Knowledge translation (KT) is about closing the gap between knowing and doing.  Public health has been particularly interested in finding effective models for moving research into action. This resource is the result of an extensive literature search for knowledge to action models, followed by an assessment of each model’s ability to effectively guide the introduction of equity-focused knowledge into public health practice.

Based on their “health equity scores,” six models were identified as promising. These models:

  • identify equity as a goal
  • ensure that stakeholders are involved in substantial ways
  • prioritize multisectoral engagement
  • draw knowledge from multiple sources
  • recognize the importance of the social, physical, political, and economic context
  • take a proactive, problem-solving approach

Use this resource to

  • Facilitate discussion about the factors that make for effective knowledge translation related to health equity
  • Select a KT model that can effectively guide your work in translating research for decision makers and practitioners


Davison, C.M., & National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2012). Critical Examination of Knowledge to Action Models and Implications for Promoting Health Equity. Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.

Tags: Evaluation, Methods & tools, Modify and orient interventions, Report / Document