Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT)
The goal of Knowledge Translation and Transfer is to accelerate the transformation of knowledge from research into use.
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KTT stands for Knowledge Translation and Transfer. At OMAFRA, it is defined as the transformation of knowledge into use through synthesis, exchange, dissemination, dialogue, collaboration and brokering among researchers and research users.
Since 2008, Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) have been integrated into OMAFRA's research funding programs. In 2009 the Agri-food and Rural Link KTT Program was launched at the University of Guelph under the OMAFRA-University of Guelph partnership.
The agricultural, food and rural sectors successfully adapt to changing conditions and societal needs through demand-driven transformation of knowledge into use.
To help mobilize the unique, synergistic capacities of the research's various stakeholders in the development of demand-driven research related to Ontario's agriculture, food and rural sectors and the acceleration of knowledge produced through that research into use.
Key objectives for KTT in research are:
The impact of KTT in this research is being considered in three streams:
Deliberate planning is key to building a successful KTT plan. The plan should be flexible so it can evolve as the research progress evolves. The plan should also emphasize collaboration, partnership and networks. It should embrace all potential audiences and approaches of sharing knowledge. Involvement of the end user during the various research stages and the KTT process is important; the earlier the better.
Successful KTT plans also require dedicated resources. A knowledge broker (like OMAFRA staff) can help you share knowledge among researchers and users. In the most successful KTT plans, the culture around the research and its users is open, trusting, positive and sharing.
The following five questions will assist you in building a successful KTT plan.
What knowledge (or message) about your research will you transfer to users?
Who would benefit from the knowledge produced by your research? (there could be more than one target audience and therefore different research needs and varied KTT methods)
Who should transfer this knowledge to users? (Involvement of research users in the project - The earlier the better.)
What processes will you use to transfer this knowledge to users?
What is the expected impact of the your KTT efforts?
Researchers are encouraged to use the template that follows in preparation of their comprehensive KTT plan:
Tools and Techniques- From Across the Different Sectors:
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