Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Training Program

Did you know that it can take more than 10 years for evidence-based knowledge to be translated into best practice? Created in 2012, the SPARK Training Program helps participants apply techniques for moving evidence-informed research and knowledge in mental health, substance use, and addictions more quickly into practice.

The program is based on Innovation to Implementation, a step-by-step guide designed to simplify the knowledge translation (KT) process.

SPARK brings together professionals, researchers, policy-makers, and volunteers from across Canada for training with KT experts,  including a two-and-a-half-day workshop, networking, ongoing group mentoring, and post-workshop assignments.

Meet the mentors! Some of these mentors will be provide support on your KT project for the next year.

Please note that the number of mentors participating in SPARK will depend on the number of participants accepted into each training group, The MHCC SPARK team will assign mentor groups based on the best fit in terms of topic, scope and experience.


SPARK Training Program Application Process

The SPARK in-person workshop, Innovation to Implementation, will be held July 10-12, 2018 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. Dr. Dan Bilsker, co-author with the late Dr. Elliot Goldner of the Innovation to Implementation (I2I) guide and internationally recognized knowledge translation expert, will return this year’s keynote speaker.

Application deadline: May 4, 2018

Registration Fees:

  • International participant - $1,500.00
  • Canadian participant - $1,165.00
  • Canadian organization with limited resources/students (limited spots) - $295.00

There are limited fully subsidized spots available for people with lived experience or individuals with limited resources.

Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who consults for a mental health services research group at Simon Fraser University. His academic appointments are Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Co-author of Innovation to Implementation, a Knowledge Translation guide in healthcare developed for the MHCC, over the last 10 years, he has used knowledge translation principles to spread knowledge and encourage mood self-management via the Antidepressant Skills Workbook.

For more information, contact: spark@mentalhealthcommission.ca

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Why should you apply?

To date, the program has successfully trained over 200 people across Canada. Participants have told us time and again how valuable the SPARK program is in helping them to achieve their project outcome. 

Learn how to effectively execute knowledge translation. The SPARK program will empower you to leverage the knowledge you have in making your KT idea work in your setting and will be grounded in the positively evaluated and effective Innovation to Implementation guide. You will learn useful techniques and practical tools to decrease the knowledge to action gap.

Unique mentorship. In addition, SPARK provides you with an experienced mentor for the duration of the program. A mentor who is best suited to you and your KT project will be assigned to you. Their goal is to provide you with guidance, encouragement and support. All mentors are former SPARK participants, so they have an in-depth understanding of the process you are going through because they’ve been in your shoes!

Network with other individuals in knowledge translation. With over 200 people who have participated in the SPARK program, SPARK has a large network to learn from. Take advantage of being part of the “SPARKie” community, networking with current participants and mentors – people who can empathize with your journey and offer constructive advice to support you.

Still have questions? Please refer to the FAQs or contact the SPARK team: spark@mentalhealthcommission.ca

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Past SPARK projects

Learn how past SPARK participants and their organizations have used the SPARK program to drive change within the mental health community.