4 Month Term (Approximately May 1st – August 31st, 2020)
Are you a health sciences graduate student currently registered at a BC post-secondary institution, residing in BC, and interested in learning more about patient-oriented research (POR) over the spring/summer months?
The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research (POR) throughout BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is also a unit (with Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC) of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).
The BC SUPPORT Unit is looking to build capacity for researchers conducting patient-oriented research to plan and produce research knowledge dissemination products tools that are accessible and usable by different stakeholder audiences. As an integral component of this, the BC SUPPORT Unit Hub has identified the need for a concise easy-to-use interactive tool to help research teams understand the landscape of knowledge dissemination strategies in BC to effectively plan and disseminate the findings of their patient-oriented research studies to patient / public, researcher and health system audiences.
The Position & Details
Reporting to the Knowledge Translation Specialist, Methods Clusters, the student undertaking this paid project will complete a review of available knowledge dissemination pathways to support the planning and creation of an interactive search tool of Knowledge Dissemination options - The Knowledge Dissemination (KD) Menu. This interactive KD menu will take into account research context, evidence base, cost, time requirements, and resource allotment required to develop different dissemination options through online research, interviews, and consultations with knowledge translation and industry experts in BC.
The development of the Knowledge Dissemination Menu will involve:
· Meeting with the BC SUPPORT Unit’s knowledge translation specialists and communications team to collect their ideas and feedback
· Performing an environmental scan of knowledge dissemination techniques and strategies that have been shown to be effective for sharing research knowledge across different stakeholder audiences
· Interviewing individuals at organizations and production companies to determine the potential costs, resources and timelines to the creation of different knowledge dissemination products
· Assist with the planning, design and prototype development of an interactive KD menu search tool
· Other activities that may arise during the Knowledge Dissemination Menu development
The KD Menu would then be promoted via our website, newsletter, social media and regional centres for uptake by interested research teams.
As an example, The Interactive KD menu could be modeled on an interactive project hosted by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (details: https://chimb.ca/sub-sites/1-patient-engagement?page=75-how-to-engage
Our Successful Candidate
As our successful candidate for this important role, you demonstrate a standard of excellence with strong attention to detail and a focus on results. You’re also self-motivated/driven and can proactively demonstrate the ability to manage your time effectively and navigate changing priorities.
In addition, you must be:
· A resident of BC during the position period of May-September 2020.
· Currently registered in a graduate studies program at a BC post-secondary institution.
· Capable of working effectively in a virtual environment and taking part in regular online meetings
And, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills & qualifications:
· Understanding or experience with knowledge translation principles
· Understanding or experience with patient-oriented research
· Experience working with designing communications and digital tools is an asset
This full-time temporary role can be carried out virtually from your home office with weekly Zoom check-ins with the project lead.
In Return for your Expertise
We are an exceptionally talented team of individuals in a professional yet casual and collaborative culture with high standards and drive. Driven by our mission, we are extremely dedicated to what we do and encourage our employees towards personal leadership, growth and ownership of their roles. We offer a competitive wage commensurate with your experience for this role.
How to Apply
If you meet our qualifications above and relish the opportunity to collaborate as part of a team to positively impact the health of British Columbians, we want to hear from you. Please respond with cover letter indicating why this position is of interest you and resume.
This position will remain open until filled.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary