Original Article

International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 493-500

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The Registry of Knowledge Translation Methods and Tools: a resource to support evidence-informed public health

  • Leslea PeirsonAffiliated withMcMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre, McMaster University Email author 
  • , Cristina CatalloAffiliated withDaphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University
  • , Sunita CheraAffiliated withNational Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, McMaster University



This paper examines the development of a globally accessible online Registry of Knowledge Translation Methods and Tools to support evidence-informed public health.


A search strategy, screening and data extraction tools, and writing template were developed to find, assess, and summarize relevant methods and tools. An interactive website and searchable database were designed to house the registry. Formative evaluation was undertaken to inform refinements.


Over 43,000 citations were screened; almost 700 were full-text reviewed, 140 of which were included. By November 2012, 133 summaries were available. Between January 1 and November 30, 2012 over 32,945 visitors from more than 190 countries accessed the registry. Results from 286 surveys and 19 interviews indicated the registry is valued and useful, but would benefit from a more intuitive indexing system and refinements to the summaries. User stories and promotional activities help expand the reach and uptake of knowledge translation methods and tools in public health contexts.


The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ Registry of Methods and Tools is a unique and practical resource for public health decision makers worldwide.


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