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About Research Into Action and Knowledge Translation

Research Into Action – A Knowledge Translation Initiative (RIA) is housed in the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.

RIA was founded in 2007 with a generous award from the ExxonMobil Foundation, with the aim of developing new methods of assisting researchers throughout the University of Texas Health Science Center in translating their technical findings into usable advice and practical recommendations. This procedure is commonly referred to as “knowledge translation,” or “KT.”

RIA Mission Statement: To translate public health research into evidence-based policies and programs to enhance the health of communities.

Using a model designed by the staff, we are working with principal investigators on specific research projects, disseminating their findings through a number of communication channels. RIA’s novel KT model places the widely recognized producer-push, user-pull model within a larger continuum of models and assumptions about the nature of knowledge and its production and use. Project staff will test and use these models to implement research into policy and practice.

RIA is staffed with research associates, communication specialists, faculty associates and graduate assistants who bring diverse backgrounds in public health, policy analysis, statistical analysis, program management, social marketing, and media relations to the challenge of expanding and improving the practice of knowledge translation.

We are committed to sharing information and best practices to advance the field of KT. Our surveys of KT experts around the world have revealed a desire for a centralized repository of KT information and research. This Web portal, KTExchange.org, is our response. As a portal driven by Web 2.0 technologies, we hope that you will take an active role in helping us develop it, so that it can serve you better.