Knowledge Utilization and Policy Implementation (KUPI): A Five Year Research Program

Start/End Dates: July 2002 - 2007

Investigators: Carole A. Estabrooks (PI), Rejean Landry, Harley Dickinson, Karen Golden-Biddle

Collaborators: Chuck Humphrey (UA Data Library), Namatie Traore (StatsCan)

Location: Universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Laval

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Grant Amount: $1.97 million

The purpose of this research program was to develop theoretical foundations for knowledge utilization (KU) to enable relevant knowledge use by practitioners and decision-makers. It drew on four distinct disciplinary perspectives and applies multi-methods and multi-level analysis to existing datasets.

The research questions addressed were:

  1. How do the determinants of KU vary across levels of decision-making?

  2. How is KU accomplished in organizations?

  3. How does KU shape policy implementation?

The program was designed in three sequential phases:

  1. data preparation

  2. research projects

  3. dissemination strategies

The products of this research program are: