Closing the know-do gap

The SPARK program

It can take 17 years to turn research findings into best practice, a process known as knowledge translation (KT).

SPARK training helps providers use evidence much more quickly to improve mental health and substance use outcomes.

Is SPARK for you?

If you’re a mental health or addictions service provider or volunteer with knowledge you’d like to put into action, we invite you to apply for our next SPARK workshop.

We welcome applications from organizations or individuals across Canada, including Indigenous organizations, people with lived experience, family caregivers, professional service providers, researchers, and policy makers.

SPARK workshops are designed for people at a beginner or intermediate level in KT knowledge or experience. 

How SPARK works

If your application is approved, you’ll attend a two-and-a-half-day workshop to develop the idea you want to implement, with help from an experienced mentor. When your training is complete, you’ll be armed with a fully fledged KT plan.

To help ensure your success, you’ll continue working with your mentor for another 12 months.

How to apply

SPARK applications close TBA

Upcoming SPARK sessions

Summer 2020

  • Application deadline: June TBA
  • Selection of participants: July TBA
  • Ottawa Workshop: August TBA

Spring 2021

  • TBA


  • Regular fee: $1,165 (includes workshop and one-year mentorship)
  • Canadian organizations or students with limited resources: $395 (space is limited)

Note: The SPARK program reserves a small number of subsidies for individuals who have lived experience with substance use or a mental health problem or illness or have limited resources.