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Table 3 List of core competencies for knowledge users and researchers to engage in IKT after 3 survey rounds

From: Identifying competencies for integrated knowledge translation: a Delphi study

  Competency ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% Agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% Agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% Agree)
KU Researcher Pooled KU Researcher Pooled KU Researcher Pooled
n = 7 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 19
(unless otherwise indicated)
n = 26 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 7 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 15 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 22 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 5 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 13 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 18 (unless otherwise indicated)
Knowledge User
Evidence Domain
  1 Apply different types of knowledge to inform decision-making Extremely Important (71.4) Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(80.8)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(86.4)
   
  2 Identify decision-makers’ information needs and priorities Very Important (85.7) Very Important (84.2) Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important (93.3) Very Important
(95.5)
   
  3 Understand how local healthcare system factors (e.g. health services, health literacy) impact decision making processes Extremely Important (71.4) Very Important/ Extremely Important
(94.4)
*n = 18
Extremely Important
(88.0)
*n = 25
Very Important
(57.1)
Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(68.2)
Very Important (100) Very Important (100) Very Important
(100.0)
Teamwork Domain
  1 Build healthy working relationships with other team members Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(96.2)
Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important (86.7) Extremely Important
(86.4)
   
  2 Foster productive networks of researchers and decision makers Important
(28.6)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Very Important
(76.9)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  3 Create opportunities to learn and share knowledge through informal and formal means Extremely Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(88.5)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (66.7) Very Important
(72.7)
   
  4 Demonstrate and promote appropriate attitudes and behaviours when working with marginalized or vulnerable populations Extremely Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(78.9)
Extremely Important
(80.8)
Extremely Important (83.3)
*n = 6
Extremely Important (80.0) Extremely Important
(81.0)
*n = 21
   
  5 Value and contribute to knowledge sharing activities Extremely Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Extremely Important
(88.5)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(81.8)
   
  6 Advocate for inclusion of appropriate knowledge users in the IKT process     Very Important (71.4) Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(72.7)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100.0)
KT Activities Domain
  1 Address barriers and facilitators to applying knowledge to policy/decision-making Very Important
(71.4)
Very Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(81.8)
   
  2 Interact with knowledge brokers (an intermediary who links knowledge sources, and knowledge itself to organizations in its network) to assist with developing and/or finding and implementing evidence Very Important
(71.4)
Very Important
(78.9)
Very Important
(76.9)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important (66.7) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  3 Identify practice gaps and opportunities to use relevant evidence to improve practice Very Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(92.3)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(81.8)
   
  4 Identify and address inconsistencies between research findings and expertise or patient preferences Extremely Important
(85.7)
Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important
(71.4)
Very Important (60.0) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(92.3)
Very Important
(94.4)
  5 Describe how the patient’s values affect the balance between potential advantages and disadvantages of available healthcare/policy options Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  6 Appropriately involve the patient in decision-making Extremely Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(84.2)
Extremely Important
(80.8)
Extremely Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(80.0)
Extremely Important
(77.3)
   
  7 Promote the use of research and outcome data to formulate, evaluate and/or revise policy and practices to improve care Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Extremely Important
(92.3)
Extremely Important (100) Very Important (100) Very Important
(100.0)
   
  8 Adapt and apply the evidence for the local practice context/environment Extremely Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(96.2)
Extremely Important (85.7) Very Important (86.7) Very Important/ Extremely Important
(86.4)
   
  9 Understand the resource implications (e.g. funding, time) of the IKT process     Very Important (57.1) Very Important (53.3) Very Important
(54.5)
Very Important
(80.0)
Very Important
(69.2)
Very Important
(72.2)
   ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3
   Median
(% agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% Agree)
   Median
(% Agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% agree)
Median
(% Agree)
   KU Researcher Pooled KU Researcher Pooled KU Researcher Pooled
   n = 7 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 19
(unless otherwise indicated)
n = 26 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 7 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 15 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 22 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 5 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 13 (unless otherwise indicated) n = 18 (unless otherwise indicated)
Researcher
Evidence Domain
  1 Understand how different types of knowledge (e.g. research, practice, theory) are generated and used in KT Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(96.2)
Extremely Important (71.4) Extremely Important (86.7) Extremely Important
(81.8)
   
  2 Apply appropriate research methodologies to examine the determinants of knowledge use across different settings and stakeholder groups Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(96.2)
Extremely Important (100) Extremely Important (86.7) Extremely Important
(90.9)
   
  3 Design and evaluate the impact, effectiveness and sustainability of KT strategies in different settings Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(92.3)
Extremely Important (100) Extremely Important (73.3) Extremely Important
(81.8)
   
  4 Respond to questions by stakeholders regarding the evidence generated to inform decision-making Extremely Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(92.3)
Extremely Important (100) Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(86.4)
   
  5 Apply the most appropriate dissemination tool for communicating with different audiences/stakeholders Very Important
(57.1)
Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(76.9)
Very Important (85.7) Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  6 Incorporate the most relevant stakeholder perspectives into the research process and implementation cycle Very Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(100.0)
Extremely Important (100) Extremely Important (86.7) Extremely Important
(90.9)
   
  7 Select appropriate KT models or frameworks of knowledge dissemination and implementation for the context being considered Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(83.3)
*n = 18
Extremely Important
(84.0)
*n = 25
Very Important (85.7) Extremely Important (73.3) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  8 Help transform clinical, management or policy questions into research questions Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(92.3)
Very Important (85.7) Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(81.8)
   
Teamwork Domain
  1 Use effective communication strategies within the context being considered Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(100.0)
Very Important (85.7) Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(77.3)
   
  2 Use effective strategies to set priorities and manage/resolve conflict between stakeholders with differing interests Important
(42.9)
Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(73.1)
Very Important (71.4) Very Important (60.0) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(80.0)
Very Important
(69.2)
Very Important
(72.2)
  3 Evaluate the impact of knowledge brokering to connect evidence to practice/policy Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important
(68.4)
Very Important
(73.1)
Very Important (71.4) Very Important (60.0) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(61.5)
Very Important
(72.2)
  4 Demonstrate and promote appropriate attitudes and behaviours when working with marginalized or vulnerable populations Extremely Important
(66.7)
*n = 6
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Extremely Important
(84.0)
*n = 25
Extremely Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important (73.3) Extremely Important
(77.3)
   
  5 Form sustainable working relationships with relevant partners (e.g. government, industry, academia, funders etc) Extremely Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(92.3)
Extremely Important
(100)
Very Important (80.0) Very Important/ Extremely Important
(86.4)
   
  6 Advocate for appropriate change or action(s) Very Important
(57.1)
Extremely Important
(78.9)
Very Important
(73.1)
Very Important (57.1) Very Important (60.0) Very Important
(59.1)
Very Important
(80.0)
Very Important
(76.9)
Very Important
(77.8)
  7 Form collaborative networks of relevant stakeholders to effectively generate, disseminate, and collate knowledge throughout the KT process Very Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(92.3)
Very Important
(85.7)
Very Important (66.7) Very Important
(72.7)
   
  8 Implement actionable strategies to ensure all team members remain accountable for their expected contributions throughout the process     Very Important (71.4) Very Important (53.3) Very Important
(59.1)
Very Important
(60.0)
Very Important
(76.9)
Very Important
(72.2)
KT Activities Domain
  1 Identify the most appropriate approach (es) to closing the knowledge-to-action gaps in the context being considered Very Important
(57.1)
Extremely Important
(84.2)
Extremely Important
(76.9)
Very Important (71.4) Extremely Important
(73.3)
Extremely Important
(72.7)
   
  2 Develop and prioritize the steps in a dissemination plan within the research design Very Important
(71.4)
Very Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important (71.4) Very Important (66.7) Very Important
(68.2)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100.0)
  3 Consider the individual, organizational and system-level barriers and facilitators to knowledge uptake in planning KT activities Very Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Extremely Important
(88.5)
Very Important (71.4) Extremely Important
(86.7)
Extremely Important
(81.8)
   
  4 Create KT plans that are closely linked to the goals of the research project Very Important
(57.1)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(94.4)
*n = 18
Very Important
(84.0)
*n = 25
Very Important (100) Extremely Important
(80.0)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(86.4)
   
  5 Incorporate patient’s values into KT plan by balancing potential advantages and disadvantages of available options Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(88.5)
Very Important (85.7) Extremely Important
(86.7)
Very Important
(86.4)
   
  6 Conduct stakeholder analyses to understand the target audiences, interest in and capacity to engage with the evidence Very Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(84.2)
Very Important/ Extremely Important
(80.8)
Extremely Important (71.4) Very Important (60.0) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(92.3)
Very Important
(94.4)
  7 Work collaboratively with decision/policy makers to synthesize and develop tailored messages for the target audience Very Important
(85.7)
Extremely Important
(100)
Extremely Important
(96.2)
Very Important (85.7) Very Important (80.0) Very Important
(81.8)
   
  8 Create strategies to collect, collate and package evidence in an accessible and relevant manner for policy and practice Very Important
(71.4)
Extremely Important
(94.7)
Very Important
(88.5)
Very Important (71.4) Very Important (73.3) Very Important (72.7)    
  9 Develop a systematic and inclusive KT plan that addresses the critical aspects of project implementation and management Very Important
(57.1)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(80.8)
Important (42.9) Extremely Important (73.3) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(100.0)
  10 Identify various roles of KT partners and practitioners in enhancing user engagement Important
(28.6)
Very Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(73.1)
Very Important (57.1) Very Important (66.7) Very Important
(63.6)
Very Important
(100)
Very Important
(84.6)
Very Important
(88.9)
  11 Design KT strategies that include program-level and organizational-level KT Very Important
(57.1)
Extremely Important
(89.5)
Very Important
(80.8)
Very Important (71.4) Very Important (73.3) Very Important
(72.7)
   
  12 Use tools to support knowledge production processes such as: ethics approval, collaboration agreements, and shared decision-making structures Very Important
(71.4)
Very Important
(84.2)
Very Important
(80.8)
Very Important (85.7) Very Important/ Extremely Important (71.4)
*n = 14
Very Important
(76.2)
*n = 21
   
  1. “% Agree” refers to the percentage of participants who agreed with either “Very Important” or “Extremely Important”