Knowledge Translation (KT)


Co‐Leads: Sophie Desroches, France Légaré

Co‐Investigators : Joyce Dogba, Noah Ivers, Monika Kastner, Hélène Lee‐Gosselin, Lori MacCallum, Mathieu Ouimet, Monica Parry, Marie‐Pascale Pomey, Marie‐Claude Tremblay, Brigitte Vachon, Holly Witteman, Catherine Yu

Project Coordinator: Annie Barbeau

Our mission

The Knowledge Translation (KT) Enabling Program, under the co-leadership of Sophie Desroches and France Légaré, has established an integrated program with Diabetes Action Canada.

The objective is to facilitate the application of research findings into healthcare practices. Our team support members of Diabetes Action Canada for contributing to the science and practice on how to better move knowledge into practice.

Also, the goal is to facilitate the support for new models of care that will result in better outcomes and better experience for individuals living with diabetes and this, at reduced cost. Ultimately, our goal is to help more people living with diabetes to have better outcomes, better experience with their healthcare, and at optimal cost.)


KT Enabling Program aims to:

-Improve the knowledge base on patient‐oriented KT research regarding diabetes and its related complications

-Develop strategic partnerships with different stakeholders to disseminate the work done by Diabetes Action Canada members.


Our projects, commitments and progress:

To date, the KT Enabling Group has initiated or assisted researchers in evaluating the potential to scale-up their successful evidence-based products. Examples of our KT research programs and ongoing interactions are below:

-Build capacity on KT research among Diabetes Action Canada students and postdoctoral fellows:

A first edition (2017-2018) of this program was a success. Two PhD candidates and two postdoctoral fellowships were awarded in a peer reviewed process. Students and fellows completed their project and submitted their final report.

-Conduct an environmental scan on effective knowledge translation strategies for preventing diabetes complications that will inform different stakeholders about the current state of KT related products to patient-oriented research methods and evidence in diabetes. The Research Program is also working collaboratively with our Patient Partners, to conduct an environmental scan of the KT tools available across Canada relevant to Diabetes Action Canada activities.   The goal is to create a ‘KT toolkit’ of existing evidence-based approaches in diabetes care for dissemination to physicians and health care professionals to standardize improved care. To add to our KT tool kit, please contact

-Conduct a pilot study aiming to prepare for a real-world implementation of an inter-professional approach to shared decision making (SDM) in diabetes care and evaluate its potential to be scaled up.

-Develop scalability assessment tool to allow different stakeholders to evaluate the potential of an evidence-based practice or innovation to be scale up. This project is initiated, collaboration between partners is launched.

-Better understand Diabetes Action Canada’s ongoing evolution impact through network analysis by mapping and collaborating closely with existing relevant KT initiatives developed by members and non‐members of the network

-Develop effective KT strategies including Sex & Gender considerations in diabetes, and more specifically in a continuous professional development context


We are dedicated to build synergy between our KT Enabling Group and other Goal-Directed Programs:

-Team up with the Research Program in Aging, Community and Population Health Research to scale their successful program of implementing home care with the elderly living with diabetes. This Research Program went on to secure funding from CIHR to implement the envisioned scale-up of this important program in Ontario, Quebec and PEI.

-Develop partnerships with other SPOR networks to increase the impact of the DAC network (eg. with other SPOR networks and initiatives such as PIHCI, Can‐SOLVE CKD, SPOR Evidence Alliance, KT component of the SPOR SUPPORT units, diverse stakeholders such as Réseau‐1 Québec (FRQS primary care PBRN networks), Patient Advisors Network, Diabetes Canada, Diabète Québec, INESSS)

-Our Digital Care Goal-Directed Program has worked with our KT team to enable Quebec-based primary care data from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network to populate our proof-of-concept National Diabetes Repository.

-Our Diabetic Retinopathy Goal-Directed Program has used the expertise of our KT program to identify and understand barriers faced by ethno-cultural minorities with a high risk of Diabetic Retinopathy face in our health care system and enablers to overcome these barriers.