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Kelly Skinner, Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo

Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2005

Title: Developing a tool to measure knowledge exchange outcomes

This paper describes measures to assess outcomes of efforts to encourage use of better practices in chronic disease prevention (CDP). A CDP better practices model (Moyer et al., 2002) consists of knowledge synthesis, knowledge exchange (dissemination / adoption) and evaluation stages. Better practices are required at each stage. No previous knowledge syntheses of tools and models for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of the dissemination / exchange strategies were found. This project developed a usable model and specific scales to assess knowledge exchange efforts for best practices in type 2 diabetes prevention. The model can be adapted to other areas of population health.