Research creates new knowledge that can improve understanding of social problems and ways to address them. Yet, benefits demonstrated by research are only achieved when it is translated and used in the real world to implement evidence-based solutions, and increase their effectiveness and efficiency. This means that research must be accessible, meaningful, understandable and relevant to practitioners, but also usable according to their context, environment or system.
With more than a decade of experience working with road safety professionals, TIRF has developed a unique knowledge transfer (KT) model to ensure its research is put into practice. Notably, the TIRF KT model accounts for the influence of “systems” that impose structure and operational practices on practitioners and that can affect their ability to easily incorporate new research findings into practice (i.e., their evolving contextual environment). It is also multidisciplinary and enables research to be translated to practitioners across systems who are tasked with different goals, priorities, and resources, and who utilize different terminologies.
TIRF has worked with a wide range of partners in the public, private and charitable sectors to help organizations increase their knowledge capital to create safer, more efficient, and trustworthy road safety products, technology and logistics. Our collection of educational resources includes primers, fact-sheets, infographics, and a series of programs on a variety of road safety topics that include posters and public service announcements. These free materials can inform decision-making at all levels so our research can go from “break through” to “follow through.”