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KERTI: Training and education

11 August 2016

The KERTI [Knowledge Exchange (KE), Research Translation (RT), and Implementation (I)] Network is an informal collective of researchers and research users who seek to optimise the value of research by making it more relevant and accessible to stakeholders, with the aim of achieving better health outcomes.

Those with a commitment to KERTI thinking tend to:

  • look for a return on investment from research
  • recognise value in real world, as well as research, knowledge
  • understand that the use of evidence to inform policy and practice is an intricate science as well as an art
  • acknowledge that, while important, research is only one part of addressing complex societal issues and only one consideration when policy is being developed.

As a network, KERTI operates at two levels: collective capacity building and networking, as well as thinking about whether there would be benefits from long term systematic changes in the way health research is conducted, rewarded and utilised.

A key part of this remit centres on how people are trained to understand and develop a KERTI mindset.

A recent KERTI workshop, held as a part of the PHC Research Conference, asked participants to discuss the level of training/education (formal and informal) that they had received in KE, RT or I. Many indicated that they had received little in the way of formal training although some said they had benefited from mentoring ‘on the job’ or from attending workshops.

Workshop participants were also asked to consider the types of training/education needed to foster a KERTI mindset in their profession/organisation—either within a short term operational timeframe (say 2–5 years) or from a more system-wide long term perspective.

Short-term solutions ranged from embedding KERTI training in undergraduate courses; training in how to write for policy makers*; training in engaging/working with the community; additional mentoring, and the need for KERTI champions. More systematic changes included cultural change/ peer support on the value of informal research/policy/practice networks; a focus on cross-system communication; organisational incentives for KERTI activities as well as a post graduate certificate in KERTI/links to CPD points. For further details please see the Evaluation Summary Report.

Comments, suggestions, ideas, discussion… all welcome!

We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and discussion, please contact:
Dr Christina Hagger, Senior Research Fellow and Knowledge Exchange Manager, PHCRIS
e: christina.hagger@flinders.edu.au or p: 08 7221 8531

* Note: You may be interested in our next KE event: Policy making and knowledge exchange insights workshop. This workshop is a pre-symposium to the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium and will be held at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 5 September 2016.

 

This news item was featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 11 August 2016.

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