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Surfacing UBC scholarship through knowledge translation & exchange Hurrell, Christie 2009

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Surfacing UBC Scholarship through Knowledge Translation & ExchangeChristie HurrellExecutive Director, UBC Centre for Health and Environment Researchphoto by AMagill, Flickr Creative CommonsAbout CHERMultidisciplinary research centre founded in 2003: medicine, applied science, interdisciplinary studiesOur mission: to research and prevent diseases caused by hazards in outdoor and indoor environmentsMost research questions are highly relevant to applied environmental health problems (air pollution, occupational injuries, environmental carcinogens, etc)One of CHER’s main goals is to increase knowledge translation and exchange activitiesSo, what is knowledge translation and exchange (KTE)?ResearchersResearch AgendaResearch findingsResearch users (managers, workers, policy-makers)Health IssuesEnvironmental health interventionsKTE activities at CHER:Media relationsWebsitesLay summariesCommunity outreachContinuing educationBuilding capacity for KTEKTE AT CHER . . . How have we been using the web to surface environmental health research?photo by novon, Flickr Creative CommonsOpen Access PublishingMaking journal articles and reports available on cIRcleCreating open access policy to inform and support researchersResearch Project WebsitesProvide support to research teams creating their own websitesPlus more than 25 others …Website statisticsMonitoring web statistics and responding to demandInteractive research resultsResponds to survey data indicating that a web-based route planner would encourage more people to cycle for transportation, and that cyclists are concerned about air pollutionIntegrates research data on air pollution in Metro VancouverReceives ~20,000 visits/monthWill be updated for 2010 Olympics to reflect road closures etc.Interactive research resultsProvides residents, health-care providers and public health authorities with easy-to-access, near-real-time information about fires, smoke and air-quality-related weather trends in British Columbia.www.firesmoke.ubc.caInteractive research resultsDeveloping a public service announcement with the communityDesigned to raise awareness around BC guidelines for laundering pesticide-contaminated clothingWill be disseminated using Web 2.0 as well as traditional media channelsRSS as a tool to monitor research issuesNovember 2007December 2007January 2008April 2008From research results to policy change . . .in five months!Communicating with study participants – when the web doesn’t workResearch shows that some groups don’t use (or trust) the InternetLay summaries of research resultsGives participants some insight into the research processProvides information “you need to know”Face-to-face meetings still have their place!Funding to help surface scholarship?Most requests for funding in the health sciences require a KTE componentSustained funding to support trained KTE staff is hard to come by (especially in times of budget cuts)Web-based continuing educationFree, web-based continuing education for physicians and other health professionalsTrying to create open access materials using proprietary software QUESTIONS?contact Christie: hurrell@interchange.ubc.ca; www.cher.ubc.caphoto by Thom Quine, Flickr Creative Commons ********* photo by AM agill, Flickr C reative C ommon  S urfacing UB C S cholars hip throug h K nowledg e Trans lation & Exchang e C hristie Hurrell E xecutive D irector, UB C C entre for Health and E nvironment R esearch  About C HE R • M ultidisciplinary research centre founded in 2003: medicine, applied science, interdisciplinary studies • O ur mission: to research and prevent diseases caused by hazards in outdoor and indoor environments – M ost research questions are highly relevant to applied environmental health problems (air pollution, occupational injuries, environmental carcinogens, etc)  • O ne of C HE R ’s main goals is to increase knowledge translation and exchange activities  S o, what is knowledge translation and exchange (KTE )? R esearch us ers (managers,  R esearchers R esearch Agenda  R esearch findings  KTE activities at C HE R : •M edia relations •Websites •Lay summaries •C ommunity outreach •C ontinuing education •B uilding capacity for KTE  workers , policymakers )  Health Issues E nvironmental health interventions  photo by novon, Flickr C reative C ommons  How have we been using the web to surface environmental health research?  K TE AT C HER . . .  O pen Access P ublishing • M aking journal articles and reports available on cIR cle • C reating open access policy to inform and support researchers  R esearch P roject Websites • P rovide support to research teams creating their own websites  P lus more than 25 others …  Website statistics • M onitoring web statistics and responding to demand  Interactive research results •  • • •  R es ponds to s urvey data indicating that a web-bas ed route planner would encourage more people to cycle for trans portation, and that cyclis ts are concerned about air pollution Integrates res earch data on air pollution in M etro Vancouver R eceives ~20,000 vis its /month Will be updated for 2010 O lympics to reflect road clos ures etc.  Interactive research results • P rovides residents, healthcare providers and public health authorities with easy-to-access, near-real-time information about fires, smoke and air-quality-related weather trends in B ritish C olumbia.  www.firesmoke.ubc.ca  Interactive research results • D eveloping a public service announcement with the community • D esigned to raise awarenes s around BC guidelines for laundering pesticidecontaminated clothing • Will be disseminated using Web 2.0 as well as traditional media  R S S as a tool to monitor research issues January 2008  April 2008 D ecember 2007  November 2007  From research results to policy change . . . in five months!  C ommunicating with study participants – when the web doesn’t work • R esearch s hows that some groups don’t use (or trust) the Internet • Lay s ummaries of research res ults – Gives participants some insight into the research process – P rovides information “you need to know”  • Face-to-face meetings still have their place!  Funding to help surface scholarship? • M ost requests for funding in the health sciences require a KTE component • S ustained funding to support trained KTE staff is hard to come by (especially in times of budget cuts)  Web-based continuing education • Free, web-based continuing education for physicians and other health professionals • Trying to create open access materials using proprietary software   photo by Thom Q uine, Flickr C reative C ommons  contact C hris tie: hurrell@ interchange.ubc.ca; www.cher.ubc.ca  QUES TIONS ?  

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