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 process.

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

SPARK Training Program Application Process

This year, the SPARK workshop will be held August 15-17, 2017 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: Friday, May 19, 2017

Registration Fees:

International participant - $1,500.00

Canadian participant - $1,165.00

Canadian organization with limited resources/students (five spots only available) - $295.00

There are four 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.

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Past SPARK projects

To date, the program has successfully trained nearly 200 people across Canada. Participants have noted the value in participating in the SPARK program to achieve project outcomes, and, ultimately, mental health outcomes. 

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