Knowledge Translation and Transfer Services and Resources

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance is committed to “getting science off the shelf” and into the wider agri-food and rural communities. Knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) is an information exchange process described as the transformation of knowledge into use through synthesis, exchange, dissemination, dialogue, collaboration and brokering among researchers and research users.

Other terms used to describe this process are knowledge translation (KT) and knowledge mobilization (KMb).

While KTT is a growing field, the concept of taking scientific information and technology into the agri-food community has a long history of success in Ontario. Agricultural extension has played an important role in facilitating the development of the successful, innovative agri-food industry we are part of today.

To ensure scientific information and technology reaches end users in the agri-food community, KTT experts in the Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership and at OMAFRA work together to provide tailored KTT services to help researchers/faculty, U of G staff and students develop KTT plans to support their Research Program projects, which must include a KTT Plan.

The Alliance also delivers a funding program specifically for KTT research and KTT mobilization projects.

Staff in the Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership with expertise in knowledge mobilization and communication are available to help you develop and execute your KTT plan. Contact kttadmin@uoguelph.ca to access these services.

For researchers: One-on-one consultations

  • We will help you prepare your KTT plans for Tier I Research and KTT Research Funding Programs and provide consultation for questions regarding the implementation of your plans.

For faculty, staff and students: Training workshops for KTT and communications

  • We partner with the Research Innovation Office (RIO) and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) to deliver the Skills for Research Impact series, which includes five core workshops and an “Advanced Skills” workshop each semester.
  • We also offer customized training and workshops to meet the needs of various university departments and research groups. Connect with KTT staff to learn more.

The Alliance has supported KTT in agri-food and rural research and enhanced KTT science since 2010. We have put together a variety of resources to help researchers maximize the impact of their work.

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KTT Plan Appraisal Tool

This tool is a decision aid / rubric to help reviewers appraise and assess KTT Plans in the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance’s research project proposals.

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Growing KTT in Ontario

To help researchers maximize the impact of their work, we have put together this guide of best practices based on research supported by the Alliance. It will guide you through the development of a KTT plan.

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KTT Case Studies

A series of case studies showcasing the impact of KTT in the agri-food sector and rural communities.

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Example KTT Plans

Six examples of completed KTT plans that use the Alliance Funding Program KTT template. These plans were developed using the best practices outlined in the Growing KTT in Ontario manual and highlight five areas of focus along the research and innovation continuum including: Discovery, policy, applied research, pilot testing, and scale-up.

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KTT Plan Checklist (2019)

A practical tool based on the Alliance KTT plan template. These guidelines, prepared by Alliance funding program reviewers, ensure your proposal covers key aspects of KTT planning.

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KTT Plan Evaluation Tips (2019)

Practical tips and tools to help ensure your KTT efforts are effective and efficient to get the research impact you want.

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Informing Policy with Science

It can be challenging for researchers to find resources to help them develop a plan to influence policymaking and bring about industry change. Resources to help support effective sharing of research in a policymaking environment are available on the University of Guelph’s Atrium.

KTT practitioners in different fields, from medicine to agriculture, and business to public policy, share a commitment to accelerating the movement of evidence into practice and integrating end-users into the research process.

Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo has a KTT Community of Practice (CoP) for students and KTT professionals to collaborate, share best practices and develop new skills. This informal group is committed to bridging the gap between best available KTT evidence and practice. We focus on collaborating to create a strong community and advance research in KTT.

Members of the KTT CoP include: The University of Guelph; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, Public Health Agency of Canada; and the Canadian Water Network.

Interested in joining? Email kttadmin@uoguelph.ca.