Quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation and impact: a systematic review

Reasons for the study

To help ensure that their research makes a difference, research organizations are committing more time and resources to knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) the practice of putting relevant research into the hands of key decision-makers and stakeholders in a timely, accessible and useful manner. Yet, the effectiveness of current KTE practices has not been routinely or consistently evaluated. In part, this could be because of the lack of instruments for assessing the impact of KTE activities. This systematic review sought to fill this gap. It looked across a wide variety of research fields to identify tools that can accurately and reliably measure how well KTE activities bring research evidence to practitioners and change their knowledge, attitudes and/or behaviour.


Completed in 2011, the systematic review found that few well-developed instruments are currently available. However, some instruments do show promise as potentially useful tools in evaluating KTE practices.

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Project status

Completed 2011

Research team

  • Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health
  • Donald Cole, Institute for Work & Health
  • Kiera Keown, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Desre Kramer, Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Jane Brenneman Gibson, Institute for Work & Health
  • Melanie Kazman Kohn, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Quenby Mahood, Institute for Work & Health
  • Tesha Slack, Institute for Work & Health
  • Ben Amick, Institute for Work & Health
  • David Phipps, York University
  • John Garcia, University of Waterloo
  • Sara Morassaei, Institute for Work & Health