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Finding the RIght Tools for Effective KnowledgeTranslation


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NAHO National Conference 2009.
Paani Zizman, Research Officer
Inuit Tuttarvingat, NAHO

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Finding the RIght Tools for Effective KnowledgeTranslation

  1. 1. FACT SHEETS – FINDING THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION Paani Zizman, Research Officer Inuit Tuttarvingat, NAHO Nov. 26, 2009
  2. 2. Evolution of Creating Fact Sheets • Started with a key publication at Inuit Tuttarvingat– Alcohol Approaches: Theories, Evidence and Northern Practice by Marja Korhonen, 2004 • Appendix contained 4 fact sheets on alcohol abuse, tips for safer drinking • These were published as stand-alone fact sheets
  3. 3. Evolution of Creating Fact Sheets • Our Governing Committee noted the need at the community level for basic information on key health topics • This allowed Inuit Tuttarvingat to develop resources that were lacking in Inuit regions: – SIDS, gambling problems, effects of harmful drugs
  4. 4. Evolution of Creating Fact Sheets • Fact sheets were also seen as a way to compliment larger discussion papers and reports: Resilience: Overcoming Challenges and Moving on Positively (booklet) Resilience: Coping with Life’s Challenges (fact sheet)
  5. 5. Fact Sheets: Published to Date • Types of Alcohol • The Risks of Using Crack Problems Cocaine • Alcohol and Your Body • Resilience: Overcoming Life’s Challenges • Ideas for Safer Drinking • Crystal Methamphetamine • Simple Assessment Tests • Safe Use of Prescription Drugs • Pregnant or Planning to Be? • What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? • How Can You Keep Gambling From Becoming a Problem?
  6. 6. Fact Sheets Published to Date • Series on Ethics and Research Is part of a web based resource on this topic Research and research ethics are a key focus of the Inuit Nipingit – National Inuit Committee on Ethics and Research
  7. 7. Process: How we do our work • Collect current research and statistics on the topic • Fact sheets from the south tend to be generic; they don’t speak to Inuit
  8. 8. Process: How we do our work • Search for Inuit-specific information Do a scan to see if other Inuit and northern agencies have produced • Find Inuit and northern images that can be incorporated into the design
  9. 9. Process: How we do our work • Include Inuit Knowledge or Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), and quotations from Inuit elders • Presenting quotes from Inuit Elders as a techniques that creates an environment of cultural safety. • We have been encouraged to use this technique to support safe learning environments as documented in this poster
  10. 10. Process: How we do our work • Framing layout –what needs to be communicated • Internal/External Review • Comments, suggestions are considered and fact sheet revised • Then into production – translation, layout, photos, printing, distribution
  11. 11. Evaluating the Fact Sheets • Internal Evaluation process completed in July 2008 for Inuit Tuttarvingat • Implementing one of the recommendations: – That Inuit Tuttarvingat improve its performance monitoring and reflective processes.
  12. 12. Evaluating the Fact Sheets • Basic questionnaire developed: • Sample questions: – What did you think about the content? – How are you using this resource? Who are your clients? – Do you know of others who should receive this? – Do you have suggestions for improving this resource?
  13. 13. Response to the Fact Sheets • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program in Nunavik: 800 copies of every drug/alcohol-related fact sheet for workshops in 14 communities • What is SIDS? is one of most downloaded resources on NAHO’s Web site
  14. 14. Response to the Fact Sheets • A Community Wellness Coordinator in Igloolik, Nunavut explains why she requested copies of our fact sheets: “Inuit Elders have expressed more holistic and alternative care be considered, other than dispensing pills for all complaints.” • Suggestion for improving the fact sheets: “I think the Inuktitut publications should try and use old Inuktitut words by getting an Inuktitut Editor(s) involved so they can edit the completed translations done by younger Inuit translators.”
  15. 15. Challenges to Evaluating Fact Sheets • Dedicated time and effort is required to do the follow-up questionnaire • Follow-up needs to be done within a few months of sending the fact sheets • If end user does not have e-mail access, questionnaires must be faxed or done over the phone • Web stats only provide info about number of downloads, not who the end users are or how the fact sheets were utilized
  16. 16. Positives to Evaluating Fact Sheets • Get to connect with health and wellness workers (intermediaries) who use the fact sheets in their everyday work • Or who share/distribute the fact sheets with their clients • Get feedback on ways to improve the content • Hear new ideas for future topics to explore: “I would like to see publications on STDs, HTLV-1 Virus, AIDS and HIV and perhaps on Inuit traditional family values, partner relationships, traditional counseling methods, etc.”
  17. 17. Upcoming Fact Sheets Topics include: • Alcohol and the Teenage Brain • Inuit Men’s Emotional Health direct response to request from Inuit men who participated in our research project for more male-oriented information
  18. 18. THANK YOU