From Research to Action: Exploring Knowledge Translation with Front-Line Youth Workers
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This study examined how research-with-practice knowledge translation (KT) partnerships strengthen the practice of front-line youth workers (FLYWs) through examining the needs of knowledge users. Using an action research engagement and community-based approach, I engaged FLYWs working in the area of substance use to consider their needs in order to explore how KT partnerships with the At-Risk Youth Study in Vancouver, British Columbia, could strengthen FLYW practices. The results of this study identified the personal and professional benefits, value, and needs for KT with FLYWs. This study revealed complimentary approaches of relational and linear KT process with FLYWs are needed for the successful and ongoing uptake of research into practice. Moreover, the research identified the use of peer-mentorship, the framing of KT processes to match the knowledge needs and contexts of workers, and implementation of systems-wide support for KT partnerships between research and practice as opportunities for KT moving forward.