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Applying the knowledge to action (K2A) framework : questions to guide planning

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    2014

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    English
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    Translating scientific knowledge into action (K2A) to improve the public’s health is a priority for the CDC. Scientists and practitioners from CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion formed the WGOT in 2007 to foster translation at CDC. An initial step created a cross-division, cross-discipline organizing framework for the translation process. The work group reviewed the literature about translation of research to practice, including related frameworks and theoretical models, and drew upon their own experiences and observations related to translation to develop the K2A framework. The K2A framework has since been vetted by CDC and peer review. The K2A framework describes and depicts the high-level processes necessary to move from discovery into action by using translation of evidence-based programs, practices, or policies—broadly defined to include evidence-based communications, campaigns, guidelines, and other interventions and tools. The framework identifies three components (i.e., research, translation, and institutionalization) and the decision points, interactions, and supporting structures within the components that are necessary to move knowledge to sustainable action (Figure 1). Evaluation undergirds the entire K2A process. Applying the Knowledge to Action (K2A) Framework: Questions to Guide Planning (Planning Tool) was developed by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Work Group on Translation (WGOT). The WGOT is a cross-division work group created to share translation-related experiences and observations, and advance translation and related work within the center, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The development of this Planning Tool exemplifies the collaborative work performed by the WGOT to facilitate the processes of moving knowledge into public health action. Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Applying the Knowledge to Action (K2A) Framework: Questions to Guide Planning. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014. k2a-framework-6-2015.pdf
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