Knowledge translation is
a process by which relevant research information is made available and
accessible for practice, planning, and policy-making through interactive
engagement with audiences. CHER aims to bring its research findings to
the scientific community, to policy makers, to participants and the general
public through the use of relevant and effective media. Effective knowledge
translation is necessary if key messages from research are to change and
improve policy and practice.
Knowledge translation is ideally a two way
process that hones research to the needs of the community and brings research
results to the people that need it to improve human health. Knowledge
translation can make research work by:
- informing workers or communities of changes in bahaviour
that research has shown will reduce the potential for ill health.
- informing decision makers who can direct policy based
on evidence from research.
Information about our knowledge translation research
can be found below. CHER also supports researchers engaging in practical
knowledge translation activities. Learn
more about how we put knowledge translation into practice.
|Talking about COPD
||The objective of this study is to look at how men and women who
have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) learn about and
understand their condition. We will be conducting group and individual
interviews with people who have COPD across British Columbia.
|UBC Metalworking Fluids study
||The purpose of this study is to learn more about how occupational
health knowledge is transferred and exchanged between scientists who
study metalworking fluids, and workers and front line managers who
use these substances in the course of their work.
Communicating the hazards of workplace
exposures:a review of Toluene Diisocyanate and Lead
Principal Investigators: Drs.
Anne-Marie Nicol and Paul Demers
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a key component
of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
in Canada. This project aims to determine if MSDSs for Toluene Diisocyanate
(TDI) and Lead disclose hazard information adequately, and to evaluate
the readability of hazard information provided on MSDSs.
Download a presentation
outlining this study (PDF file, 78KB)
Neighbourhood health risks from oil
refinery air emissions: findings and lessons learned about community
Principal Investigator: Susan
This study into oil refinery air emissions was
carried out in response to concerns of those living close to the
refinery. The study benefited from the input of stakeholders including
representatives of: government, public sector, community groups
and Chevron Canada.
A number of risk communication lessons were learned
and these are detailed here.
(PDF 2,872 KB)
View the project website here
Leaflet used to collect community opinions
to Help SMEs Use More Sustainable Supply Chains
We are launching a program to disseminate
to VanCity customers information about “sustainable suppliers”
they use. The key finding will be empirical data on the upper bound
of changes in consumer behaviour after filling a known information