Knowledge transfer is an essential piece of the research puzzle that brings together knowledge, innovation, and products from applied research. Agriculture presents a unique challenge for knowledge transfer (KT) efforts with such a great diversity of industry organizations, producers, and policymakers. To move agricultural safety practices and applications forward it is essential for the transfer of this knowledge from research into practise in order to develop new processes and ways of thinking. There is an existing gap in research-to-practice knowledge transmission that knowledge transfer efforts will aid in bridging in Canadian agricultural health and safety.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines knowledge translation as “…a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.” In the context of agricultural health and safety, this includes the synthesis, dissemination, and exchange of new knowledge and applied outcomes to improve the health and safety of Canadian farmers, and to help protect them from injury, illness, and disability. At the end of the day, the ultimate factor in determining the success of research is to have it put to meaningful use in real-world settings.
The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA) has a 30-year history of conducting knowledge translation activities throughout Saskatchewan (and, in the past, across Canada) through the Agricultural Health and Safety Network. The Network produces and delivers occupational health programs and materials to almost 30,000 farm families across Saskatchewan, representing more than half of all Saskatchewan farm families and approximately 70% of all Saskatchewan rural municipalities. CCHSA will utilize its expertise in agricultural health and safety to develop and disseminate KT materials, information, and resources to stakeholders across Canada regarding the funded projects under the Canadian AgriSafety Applied Science Program.
The overarching goal of this component of the Canadian AgriSafety Applied Science Program is to provide KT materials and programming to ensure that practical, usable products, processes, and knowledge are developed and made available to end-users in the most effective manner possible. The KT team will work with researchers for each project with the objective of developing appropriate programming that interfaces with the six elements of the Hierarchy of Control (hazard identification, risk assessment, hazard elimination, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment). Safety knowledge gained from these applied research projects will be available across Canada through collaboration and distribution efforts through the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA). One of the primary methods of dissemination and communication will be through a national KT news alert publication CANFARMSAFE. All documentation produced by KT activities will be produced in the two official languages of Canada: English and French.
2019 - 2020 Year 1 Update
Knowledge transfer (KT) is an essential piece of the research puzzle that brings together knowledge, innovation and the products from applied research and provides a method to increase awareness and uptake of the output and findings of the six applied research projects. The aim of the program-wide knowledge transfer activity is to develop, produce and disseminate knowledge transfer materials pertaining to the six activities of the Canadian AgriSafety Applied Science Program. Given the applied nature of the AgriSafety Program projects, KT plays a role in moving research into practical applications and use by end-users and stakeholders in agriculture.
Knowledge transfer (KT) activities in Year 1 focused on establishing relationships with each project team to ensure ongoing communication regarding the projects to provide information for KT output materials. One bulletin was produced for each project, for a total of six bulletins in Year 1. The final copies of the bulletins were provided to the team leads and are available on the Agrivita website - www. agrivita.ca. Project team leads were encouraged to share the bulletins with other organizations and project partners. The final bulletins were shared on CCHSA’s Agricultural Health and Safety Network social media channels (Twitter and Facebook).
The KT team also made plans to produce a preview video for each of the projects to help increase awareness of the projects. Each project will have a short video to introduce their project and address why the purpose and goals and need for the project. The videos will be used to promote the projects online, and at trades shows and conferences. In Year 1, the video scripts for each project were developed.
Six informational bulletins were produced by the KT team, one for each project, which can be viewed and downloaded under the 'outputs' tab.