A central priority of the Black Dog Institute is knowledge translation – addressing the gap between what is known from research and the implementation of this knowledge, by stakeholders, with the intent of improving health outcomes and efficiencies in the health care system.
Why study knowledge translation?
Australia has lagged behind in adopting effective and well-founded knowledge translation (KT) programs that are embedded in research in Europe, the USA, and Canada, where it is core to the funding structure. KT is the difference between research that shapes decisions and fosters innovation, and research that sits on a shelf. KT is a deliberate process of information exchange between producers and potential users of research that supports evidence-informed decision making and ultimately improved health
One form of KT is arts-based knowledge translation (ABKT), which includes using any art form(s) at any point in the research process whether to generate, interpret or communicate knowledge. ABKT strategies embrace the complexity of contextual knowledge, promote communities of practice, enhance practitioner engagement and draw on tacit knowledge to extend the impact of research evidence. The influence of ABKT approaches is their ability to reach and speak to audiences that may not be responsive to conventional research dissemination methods. By using ABKT, research shows one can increase knowledge about illness and health issues, raise awareness, decrease stigma, stimulate public engagement, and change attitudes, behaviour and practice
Black Dog Institute engages in advancing the science of knowledge translation and implementation by researching the most effective KT and implementation strategies.
The BIG Anxiety Festival uniquely integrated an expansive mental health knowledge translation program with a world-class arts festival. This project will determine who attended the festival, key enablers or barriers to festival engagement, and the impact of festival involvement on attendees.
This project will help us to assess the impact of using body mapping as a research tool to visually explore and document the experiences of anxiety in young people.
The Lived Experience Advisory Panel was established in 2015 to facilitate and improve the quality, relevance and knowledge translation of mental health research undertaken at the Institute.
This study aims to evaluate the principal constructs of implementation advocated by popular implementation science models in the novel context of installing a multilevel mental health intervention in community-based organised sports clubs.
Social circus refers to the use of circus arts to promote social justice and health equity, and has been increasingly used in working with youth who are marginalised or at-risk. This project investigates the health outcomes, barriers to access, and factors that influence outcomes of social circus programs.