Knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) can enable evidence-informed road safety policy and practice by reducing the gap between what is known to be effective and what actually occurs. A quality improvement project, undertaken within a government policy frame, was implemented in 2015 to produce an enhanced KTE framework for road safety (the framework). Information was collected from 35 road safety stakeholders in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Thirteen KTE facilitators were identified that covered research funding and production, the expertise of knowledge users and dissemination practices. The framework was subsequently developed, which separated facilitators seen as essential for a KTE system, from others perceived as aspirational due to their lesser influence and the considerable time and resources required for their implementation. The framework provides a heuristic device to enable policy agencies to holistically assess and improve current KTE systems for road safety, to encourage evidence-informed policy and practice.
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Contributors RH: collected all project data. TS, JT, DG and RI: contributed to the project design, development of conclusions, and the revision of manuscript drafts. All authors approved the final manuscript.
Funding The project was funded through a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia, which was sponsored by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust.
Competing interests RI is an editorial board member of Injury Prevention.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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