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Table 1 Composition of the conceptual KaT framework

From: Improving KT tools and products: development and evaluation of a framework for creating optimized, Knowledge-activated Tools (KaT)

DomainSub-domains and their elementsNo. of articles
Discover1. Identify gap, need, problem
2. Identify purpose of KT tool/product
3. Define scope
Develop1. Engage relevant stakeholders
2. Identify evidence base of chosen KT tool/product
3. Select theoretical basis for development or adaptation of KT tool/product
4. Develop or adapt a functioning prototype using user-centred design
5. Conduct usability evaluation of the KT tool/product
ImplementEngage relevant stakeholders and establish partnerships to:
1. Identify the implementability of the KT tool/product
2. Develop implementation plan
3. Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the KT tool or product
4. Organize and document findings—consider using a tool development and evaluation reporting criteria to guide this process
Disseminate1. Engage stakeholders for all steps
2. Determine the goals of the dissemination and uptake
3. Design dissemination plan (i.e. end-of-grant KT plan)
4. Monitor and evaluate dissemination and uptake
Action plan1. Summary of outputs from Discovery
2. Action plan according to the needs, purpose, scope and context of the user
3. A description of how iKT, Evaluation, Sustainability and Scalability fit within the Action plan
4. Suggested timelines (overall and for each section of the Action plan)
5. References and links to sources of action recommendations outlined in the Action plan
6. Templates relevant to Action plan items
7. Instructions manual on how to use the Action plan and templates
Informed by the steps and processes of the complete framework
Impact drivers
Integrated KT (iKT)1. Engage relevant stakeholders and establish partnerships throughout all the steps
2. Develop an iKT plan
3. Monitor and Evaluate the iKT plan that was implemented
Sustainability1. Engage stakeholders throughout all steps of sustainability assessment
2. Identify the purpose of sustainability
3. Develop a sustainability plan
4. Monitor and evaluate sustainability
Scalability1. Identify scale-up objectives and scope
2. Identify scale-up team
3. Ensure that the KT tool is ready for scale-up
4. Develop a scale-up plan
5. Monitor and evaluate
Evaluation1. Evaluation steps are embedded within each domain (Develop, Implement, Disseminate) and impact driver (iKT, Sustainability, Scalability)Not applicable