Integrated Knowledge Translation: Understanding the Essentials for Successful Information Exchange

Dr. Sarah Donkers, Dr. Sarah Oosman, Liz Durocher, TJ Roy, Debby Paquin, Eugene Paquin, and Dr. Sylvia Abonyi.

Wednesday, November 18 10:30 - 12:00

Moderator: Chris Plishka
Maximum Capacity of 25 attendees

Workshop Description: ​Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) is an approach to doing research that applies the principles of knowledge translation to the entire research process. The central premise of iKT is that involving knowledge users as equal partners on research teams will lead to research that is more relevant and useful to knowledge users. This workshop will feature local researchers Sarah Donkers (School of Rehabilitation Science, UofS) and Sarah Oosman (School of Rehabilitation Science, UofS) with substantial iKT experience. Breakout rooms will be used for small group discussion and participant engagement. 
This workshop will discuss:

  • Who is a knowledge user?

  • Where can knowledge users engage in the research process?

  • What are the benefits of engaging knowledge users in research projects

  • What are the costs of engaging knowledge users in research projects

  • How has iKT influenced research projects?

  • Where does iKT fit into Patient-Oriented Research?

Dr. Sarah Donkers (PT, PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan. Previously she worked clinically as a physiotherapist for over 10 years across neuro care contexts. It was her clinical work that led her to pursue research. Sarah’s research focuses on improving access to and the quality of rehabilitation interventions promoting neurorecovery and optimizing function for people with neurological conditions. Her work takes a community engaged participatory approach and involves multi-stakeholder teams including individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis, their family members, researchers, health care providers, and decision-makers in the Health Authority and the MS Society of Canada. 

Liz Durocher is a Métis woman. Liz speaks Michif and Cree and has worked for many years in the community of Île-à-la-Crosse connecting youth with elders, supporting the sharing of traditional and cultural practises between and among generations, in meaningful ways.

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TJ Roy is a Cree and Métis man, who also spends his time connecting older adults and youth to the Métis cultural practises, including activities and engagement in land-based activities that are rooted in Métis beliefs and worldview. TJ also speaks Cree and Michif and brings his traditions and knowledge to our community-engaged project.

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Sarah Oosman is a physical therapist and an associate professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and a researcher with the Saskatchewan Population Health & Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), University of Saskatchewan. She is a first-generation Canadian, a settler ally, and is committed to Indigenous community driven action research that leads to the development and implementation of culture-based, meaningful health promoting interventions across the lifespan.

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Debby Paquin is a retired educator and community services worker.  She has worked as a Primary teacher, Community Coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross, and most recently as a Vocational Counsellor with the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc. where she worked in both American Sign Language and English.  Debby is currently enjoying the freedoms of retirement and has been a volunteer with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada since she was diagnosed in 1999.  She brings her lived experience to this research project and to her advocacy for others living with MS.

Eugene Paquin is a retired educator and senior administrator with experience in school divisions in rural and Northern Saskatchewan, federal and band operated schools and tribal councils, and a decade with the Ministry of Education.  His advocacy for people living with disabilities and their caregivers and families grew from his career experiences and his own family members needing support and care.  This vision for care led to his involvement in advocacy at the local, provincial and national levels and involvement with numerous health charities and industry partners.    

Sylvia Abonyi is a medical anthropologist with the Saskatchewan Population Health & Evaluation Research Unit, and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a first generation Canadian, the mother of two boys, and has been living in Saskatchewan for two decades. Throughout this time, Sylvia has worked closely with First Nation and Métis peoples and communities, as well as interdisciplinary and interprofessional research teams. Their collaborations address population health questions of mutual significance with the goal of informing interventions that will decrease inequities in circumstance and outcome.