Abstract T P345: Knowledge Translation in Stroke Care in Toronto: Impact of member informed improvements to a Virtual Community of Practice
Background: The Toronto Stroke Networks Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) is a secure social media platform, part of an evidence-informed knowledge translation (KT) approach to bridge identified gaps in knowledge for successful implementation of stroke best practices. In 2014, a formative developmental evaluation examined members’ perspectives about the value of the VCoP. Key themes emerged: networking, response time, validation of practice, and prioritization of best practices. Themes informed subsequent improvements: enhanced search functions, ability to share documents within a discussion forum, and formal facilitation.
Objective: To examine the impact of VCoP enhancements on KT using value cycles 1-5 of the
Wenger (2011) model:
1.immediate value: activity / interactions
2.potential value: knowledge capital
3.applied value: changes in practice
4.realized value: performance improvement
5.reframing value: redefining success
Methods: Each theme was explored to identify potential improvement opportunities. Discussion with developers informed feasibility. Three priorities were identified: enhanced search functions, ability to share documents within discussion forums, and formal facilitation to prompt discussion. VCoP members were informed of improvements. Qualitative (members’ narratives) and quantitative indicators (e.g. response times, number of discussion threads) were examined.
Results: Preliminary results indicate that formal facilitation supports increased value in activity and interaction (Cycle 1) on the VCoP. Within the first month of formal facilitation, posts in discussion forums increased from 3.75/month (FY13/14) to 11; average response times decreased from 18 to 8 days. Early examination of narratives indicates themes aligning with Cycle 2: members express value in VCoP information. Further evaluation, in progress, examines the impact of improved search functions and document upload capabilities including analysis of themes aligning with the Wenger Cycles, number of uploaded documents, and search effectiveness.
Conclusions: Member informed enhancements to the VCoP contribute to KT through enhanced activity, member interactions, and knowledge capital.
Author Disclosures: M. Donald: None. K. Skrabka: None. G. Avinoam: None. J. Willems: None. S. Sharp: None. E. Linkewich: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.