McSween-Cadieux et al. 2019. A health knowledge brokering intervention in a district of Burkina Faso: A qualitative retrospective implementation analysis


Valéry Ridde and colleagues’ have shared a French translation of the CFIR, which is now available online along with a brief illustration; scroll to the bottom of the Constructs page. This translation was developed to support her work with Mc Sween-Cadieux and colleagues, who published a paper in PLoS ONE describing their experience implementing a knowledge-brokering intervention in Burkina Faso. Knowledge brokers (KBs) seek to establish links between researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers by helping these key individuals better understand each other’s goals, culture, to initiate and build partnerships, to influence each other’s’ work and ultimately, increase their use of research-based evidence (RBE). The stated goals of this project were to establish a KB intervention within a Burkino Faso healthcare district to identify RBE that meets the needs of these individuals and to facilitate transfer and application of RBE generated by researchers across a range of topics. The author

s identified six levels of determinants guided by the CFIR and Durlak and Dupre’s Ecological Framework (outer setting, inner setting (2 levels), support system, individuals, intervention, and process). The KB was successful in generating early enthusiasm and support and provided multiple levels of support. However, the intervention was terminated because of a lack of decisional power among district stakeholders and absence of organizational resources or incentives to support and encourage participation. Efforts to relocate the intervention at the national level failed in part because of unstable political context. The authors recommend using a conceptual framework like the CFIR to plan and evaluate interventions like this. This article is a great read and to be commended for important insights within context of a negative trial of a challenging KB intervention.



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