Research in the Role of Trust in an Evolving Network for Knowledge Translation

  • Author / Creator
    Belton, Kathy L
  • With funding for public health and health promotion being cut significantly there has been increased pressure to ensure what is funded is improving health outcomes. This in turn has led to an increase in knowledge translation (KT) and knowledge translation networks. This qualitative study explores the role of trust in the development of an effective network for KT and its successes. A regional network, the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention, was use to explore the role of trust from the members’ perspective. Using a case study approach, with key informant interviews and document reviews, a thick description of how members of an effective network for KT view the construction of trust and the role of trust in their successes was developed. Findings highlight three components that are essential to building and maintaining trust amongst and between member organizations and their representatives: facilitative leadership; time together and; effective open and honest communication. These findings raise new considerations related to KT: growing recognition of the vital role of personal interaction in the KT process; how best to facilitate this interaction in KT networks that span geographic areas; and what are the most effective communication methods for KT networks. The study has implications for KT, KT networks and trust.

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    Fall 2016
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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