Network Evaluation

Publication/Event Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

How do we know if the Network is working? Do caregivers, researchers and policy makers know about our Network? Is it generating, sharing and using knowledge and innovation? How might these processes be improved?

These are the types of questions addressed in the Network Annual Report. The Seniors Health Knowledge Network is committed to evaluating its progress. Every year, significant Network resources are allocated to assessment activities. Not only is SHKN monitoring and improving its performance through a contracted evaluation program, but it is also collaborating in a CIHR funded scientific research program that will generate new knowledge about KTE in communities of practice operating within a knowledge network.

Our evaluations are conducted using multiple lines of evidence and complementary research methods. These methods include:

  • Document and website review
  • Key stakeholder interviews
  • Analysis of surveys and performance data collected during the year
  • Survey of network members
  • Other approaches that fit the Network goals and activities

The Seniors Health Knowledge Network aims to improve the health and wellness of older adults by mobilizing research, education, practice and policy through people, ideas and resources. Network evaluation is an iterative process whereby new approaches and initiatives are tested and adjustments are made based on these assessments.

Please see the following citations for more information about Network evaluation processes and findings.

1. Chambers LW, Luesby D, Brookman C,Harris M, Lusk E. The Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) Knowledge Network Model: System-side Implementation for Health and Health Care of Seniors. Healthcare Management Forum, 2010;4-9.

Chambers LW, Luesby D, Brookman C,Harris M, Lusk E. The Seniors Health Research Transfer Network Knowledge Network Model: System-side Implementation for Health and Health Care of Seniors. Healthc Manage Forum. 2010 Spring;23(1):4-16. (Article in English, French)

Chambers LW, Luesby D,Brookman C, Harris M, Lusk E.  Le modèle de réseau du savoir du Réseau de transfertde la recherche sur la santé des personnes âgées : La mise en *uvreglobale pour la santé et les soins de santé des 4personnes âgées. Gestiondes soins de santé, 2010;10-16  
Click here for a link to this article on the PubMED website.

2. Sivananthan SN, Chambers LW. A method for identifying research priorities for health systems research on health and aging. Healthc Manage Forum (in press)
No abstract available as of yet.

What is Knowledge-to-Action (KTA)?
Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) processes in SHKN collaborative Communities of Practice (CoPs) – Network Project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Across Canada, health planners are preparing for a significantly higher population of seniors.  Although more seniors are remaining healthier, towards the end of life many seniors experience a variety of disabilities and chronic diseases. For example, about 35% of Canadians over 85 years of age are living with dementia — a disease with implications for the health care system and informal caregivers.

As baby boomers retire, Ontario and other Canadian health jurisdictions are expected to focus more on improving services and building capacity in aging and health. One way to do this is to improve the system’s ability to generate, share and use knowledge and innovations.

The Study
The Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) processes in SHKN Communities of Practice (CoPs) study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The study investigates how knowledge exchange takes place within the SHKN and AKE Communities of Practice. The study is led by Dr. James Conklin  — an Associate Scientist with the Bruyère Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. Dr. Conklin is joined by two principal investigators: Dr. Anita Kothari (Western University) and Dr. Paul Stolee (Waterloo).

The core research team includes three study sites based at the Bruyère Research Institute, Waterloo and Western. The teams will each generate three in-depth case studies over three years focused on knowledge transfer activities that occur within the SHKN and AKE CoPs. This pivotal research project will aim to increase our understanding of the KTA processes within the SHKN and AKE CoPs, thereby making strides towards improving health care for seniors in Ontario.

For a link to the abstract, click here.
Conklin J,  Kothari A, Stolee P, Chambers LW, Forbes D, LeClair K. Knowledge-to-action processes in SHRTN Collaborative Communities of Practice: A study protocol. Implement Sci. 2011 Feb 11;6:12.  

*NEW* Knowledge brokers in a knowledge network: the case of Seniors Health Research Transfer Network knowledge brokers
James Conklin, Elizabeth Lusk, Megan Harris and Paul Stolee
The purpose of this paper is to describe and reflect on the role of knowledge brokers (KBs) in the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN). The paper reviews the relevant literature on knowledge brokering, and then describes the evolving role of knowledge brokering in this knowledge network.

Click here for this abstract.

For more information please contact:
Martha McKeen
Project Manager
613-562-6262 ext. 1697