Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) - What is it?
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.
The goal of KTT is to accelerate the transformation of knowledge from research into use.
History of use in research
Different disciplines describe accelerating the transformation of knowledge into action in a variety of ways and using a number of different terms.
In Ontario, the concept of translating research into action is strongly associated with the field of agriculture. In 1906, the first agricultural 'extension' representative in Ontario was hired. Since then agricultural extension experts in Ontario have focused on providing practical technology transfer advice often in close association with the University of Guelph and affiliated colleges (i.e. Ridgetown and Kemptville).
International development processes apply knowledge of advancements in research and technology to assist developing parts of the world. In 2000, knowledge Translation (KT) gained greater emphasis in the field of health research at the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).
Since 2008, Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) have been integrated into OMAFRA's research funding programs.
The mission, vision and objectives of knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) in OMAFRA's research funding programs are shown below:
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:
Research that is used in traditional agricultural extension and technology transfer processes to alter programs. Includes audiences through the entire value chain.
Research undertaken to meet gaps in policy and provide results for use by government as part of the policy development process.
Research that has application in the development or enhancement of a commercially viable product or technology within the value chain. For the commercialization stream, the target audience may include businesses with an interest in licensing or moving the product or technology into the marketplace, as well as, groups or organizations that facilitate this linkage between research and the market.
These three streams have characteristically different target audiences, each with different needs, therefore different KTT approaches will have to be undertaken.
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