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Open Access A Model for Evaluating Knowledge Exchange in a Network Context Un modèle d'évaluation du partage de connaissances en contexte de réseau

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There is growing interest in the use of networks to facilitate the exchange and transfer of knowledge in health-care settings. The province of Ontario's Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) brings together caregivers, policymakers, and researchers working in the area of seniors' health to share knowledge derived from research and best practices. As part of an evaluation of SHRTN, the authors developed a model for assessing the effectiveness of knowledge exchange activities in a network context. The model considers the key elements of successful application of research evidence proposed in the Promoting Action on Research in Health Services (PARiHS) framework, as well as the results of these efforts, at 3 levels of network functioning. This model was used in a test of SHRTN's effectiveness as a knowledge exchange system. The results suggest that the framework has potential as a guide for evaluating other knowledge networks.

Le recours à des réseaux pour faciliter le partage et le transfert de connaissances dans les milieux de la santé suscite de plus en plus d'intérêt. Le Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) [Réseau de partage des recherches dans le domaine de la santé des aînés] de la province de l'Ontario rassemblent des professionnels de la santé, des décideurs et des chercheurs qui œuvrent dans le domaine de la santé des aînés pour favoriser le partage des connaissances issues de la recherche et des meilleures pratiques. Dans le cadre d'une évaluation du SHRTN, les auteurs ont élaboré un modèle qui avait pour but d'évaluer l'efficacité des activités de partage de connaissances en contexte de réseau. Ce modèle tient compte des éléments clés caractérisant une application réussie des résultats de recherche, proposés dans le cadre de travail Promoting Action on Research in Health Services (PARiHS) [Promotion d'interventions fondées sur la recherche dans le milieu des soins]. Il tient compte aussi des résultats de ces efforts, pour ce qui est de trois paliers du fonctionnement en réseau. Ce modèle a été utilisé pour évaluer l'efficacité du SHRTN comme système de partage de connaissances. Les résultats suggèrent que ce cadre de travail pourrait possiblement servir de modèle pour l'évaluation d'autres réseaux de connaissances.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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