Deliberative Processes and Knowledge Translation

Public health actors are increasingly being called upon to base their decisions on the best available knowledge. Various knowledge translation strategies have therefore been proposed as a means of drawing together the world of research with that of decision making (Mitton et al., 2007).

Yet, knowledge translation still faces many challenges: research is not always valued as an input in the decision-making process; research is not always relevant to the issues faced by public health actors; research is not simple to use or the findings are not always effectively communicated; and research is in competition with many other factors that influence decision making (Lavis, 2008).

The use of deliberative processes appears to be a promising strategy for overcoming these difficulties. This fact sheet briefly describes the deliberative model of knowledge translation and its objectives. Two concrete examples are also given to illustrate this discussion.



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