26. SPARKing change: Innovation to implementation (Workshop)

Background: On average there is a 17-year gap between the development of research and the implementation of that research into practice. The SPARK training program, offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, uses their own Innovation to Implementation framework to support community leaders and other emerging leaders including people with lived experience spark change within their organizations and to effectively put knowledge into action, positively impacting practice.

Overall Objective: The objective of the workshop at this conference is to share our strategic approach and the process of Knowledge Translation and help participants explore how to take knowledge (particularly in the area of mental health and/or addictions) and put it into action within their sphere of influence.

Ideas Explored: We put a special emphasis on influencing stakeholders and taking an adaptive approach to support meaningful change. Practical examples of some amazing projects that have been created and implemented by past participants including those with lived experience will be shared and participants will look at adaptive strategies in engaging different types of stakeholders.

Learning and Structure: The workshop will include instruction and clear examples that will outline Knowledge Translation and its role in creating positive change along with the importance of taking an adaptive approach to engaging stakeholders throughout the process. More than 50% of workshop time will be dedicated engaging participants in hands-on activities and discussion to support the application of key Knowledge Translation concepts and stakeholder engagement strategies for change.

Practical Application: Takeaways will include tools to support stakeholder engagement and a breakdown of the Innovation to Implementation framework that will support participants in applying the concepts presented in the workshop.


Alexa Bol – Mental Health Commission of Canada

David Wiljer – University Health Network

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