The MHS knowledge translation model consists of five elements, two major decision points and an ongoing evaluation and monitoring process. The five elements include critical activities organized in a detailed series of steps. The steps use supporting templates, forms and references to help users implement the process.
Element 1: Needs and Gaps Assessment
Uses a systematic process to actively monitor research developments, clinical best practices and operational requirements to identify and prioritize evolving needs, emerging solutions and current gaps.
Element 2: Strategic Analysis
Begins with the review of proposed ideas, solutions or innovations that address identified gaps. A business case for the solution is built using available evidence, expert opinions, feasibility and other metrics.
Element 3: Solution Material Development
Describes how materials are developed, refined and approved to support knowledge translation of the solutions identified during the strategic analysis process.
Element 4: Dissemination
Involves sharing the solution with target audiences using planned strategies. Well-defined target audiences, carefully selected communication channels, current environmental scans, and customization of materials are core components of this element.
Element 5: Implementation
Directs a phased approach to putting a knowledge solution into practice. Planning is tailored to the local environment and allows for fine-tuning of procedures. Successful implementation produces individual and organizational behavior change required to achieve desired outcomes.
Evaluation and Monitoring
The effectiveness of the knowledge translation processes and knowledge solutions are continually evaluated and monitored and include feedback loops to ensure continuous improvement.