Our KT approach for the MOVEs project is informed by the Knowledge to Action (KTA) Cycle developed by Graham and colleagues* . It highlights processes relating to knowledge creation, distillation and use. In this model, the knowledge creation funnel represents knowledge generation, synthesis and development of knowledge tools. The funnel of knowledge creation and the major action steps/stages for translating knowledge into action are illustrated below (Figure 1). The action parts of the cycle are based on a systematic review of planned action theories and include the processes needed to implement knowledge in health care settings specifically, problem identification, assessment of determinants of KT; selecting, tailoring, implementing and evaluating KT interventions; and determining strategies for ensuring sustained knowledge use.


Figure 1: The knowledge-to-action framework.

Excerpt from: Liu, B., et al., Evaluation of a multisite educational intervention to improve mobilization of older patients in hospital: protocol for mobilization of vulnerable elders in Ontario (MOVE ON). Implement Science, 2013. 8: p. 76.

*Graham ID, Logan J, Harrison MB, Straus SE, Tetroe J, Caswell W, et al. Lost in knowledge translation: time for a map? J Contin Educ Health Prof; 2006;26(1):13-24.

Figure 1: Straus SE, Tetroe J, and Graham I. Defining knowledge translation. CMAJ;2009;181(3-4):165-8.