KT Framework and implementation

Cochrane’s vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence.

Knowledge translation (KT) is essential in achieving this vision and maximizes the benefit of the work of our contributors. 

The Cochrane KT Framework defines the role of Knowledge Translation for Cochrane to coordinate KT activities across the organization, and supports those who are well-placed to undertake this role. The KT Framework has been translated into Simplified Chinese and Russian, the translated versions can be found here.

Keeping the needs of users at the heart of all we do is essential to successful Knowledge Translation.


In order to integrate the KT framework into Cochrane, we have developed an implementation plan. The implementation plan breaks down the KT framework into discrete, although often interdependent, Work Packages, led by Cochrane contributors and groups across our organization.

Some KT implementation projects, will require a greater investment of resources and/or specialist KT skills than can be provided on a voluntary basis within the Working Group or are available within the KT department.  Where possible, these will be commissioned within the Cochrane Community as centrally-funded projects. The KT Advisory Group has developed a process document detailing the procedure for commissioning this funded work.