Health Technology Assessment & Adoption (HTAA)

The HTAA department can:

  • Synthesize evidence to produce rapid reviews of health technologies.
  • Assist with full health technology assessments or reassessments, operational financial impact analyses, and economic analyses.
  • Develop implementation and dissemination plans for health technology assessment and reassessment projects.
  • Develop and evaluate knowledge translation plans to apply and adopt new technologies.
  • Help with benefits realization methodology, which is a decision-making approach that weighs the potential impact of proposed clinical interventions against costs.
  • Help with grant applications to the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) program related to health technologies.
  • Help implement best practices in knowledge translation.
  • Provide educational programs on health technology assessment and knowledge translation.
  • Share knowledge across areas within AHS, such as the Strategic Clinical Networks, Knowledge Management – Knowledge Resources Service, Analytics (DIMR) and Primary Data Support, Analytics (S&E).
  • Connect with stakeholders external to AHS such as Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, KT Canada, and HTA partners including the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the (CADTH).
Health Technology Assessment & Adoption (HTAA)

The Health Technology Assessment and Adoption Team (HTAA), formerly known as Knowledge Translation, provides expertise to the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs). Operating within AHS’ Research, Innovation and Analytics portfolio, the team supports evidence-informed decision-making through the exchange, synthesis, and application of knowledge to quickly capture the benefits of research.


Director: Rosmin Esmail
Email: [email protected]

How Do I Get Help with HTAA Activities?

If you belong to an SCN you can contact your SCN leadership or you can contact the HTAA team directly at [email protected]

Knowledge Translation Projects

The Wisdom Project is an Action Learning Group Project that was completed as part of the course requirements for the AHS Executive Education Program (2012-2013).

The project’s focus was Knowledge Translation (KT). The overall goal of the project was to assist teams in implementing future system-wide projects and to address a Health Quality Council of Alberta recommendation from a report titled, Review of the Quality of Care and Safety of Patients Requiring Access to Emergency Department Care and Cancer Surgery and the Role and Process of Physician Advocacy Report (February 2012).

The deliverables were a case study and KT plan that includes tools, templates and change management strategies for dissemination of knowledge. Dr. Kathryn Todd, Vice President, System Innovations & Programs, was the Executive Sponsor and Rosmin Esmail, HTAA Director, was the Project Sponsor. For an introduction to the project see the . A repository of change management tools is being developed.

Knowledge Translation Resources

AGREE II – Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation
The AGREE II instrument was developed to address the issue of variability in guideline quality. To that end, the AGREE II instrument is a tool that assesses the methodological rigour and transparency in which a guideline is developed. This tool is the agreed standard used by Alberta’s Health Technology Assessment producers.

Knowledge Translation Planning Template-R
This one-page checklist provides an overview of the essential components of a KT plan, including stakeholder identification, objectives, strategies, and evaluation. It was developed by Dr. Melanie Barwick for the Ontario Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). Download Dr. Barwick’s on the use of the tool.

The Centre on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) maintains a database of articles representing the research evidence for various KT tools and strategies. This includes evidence on the use of knowledge brokers that are involved in sharing knowledge, clinical practice guidelines, opinion leaders, and many more.


Toolkit: Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines
This extensive toolkit was developed by Canada’s leading KT practitioners for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. It covers issues from the identification of clinical practice needs to sustaining practice changes beyond the intervention.

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools maintains a registry of available tools to support all aspects of the knowledge-to-action framework. In addition to general tools, specialized resources for issues such as evidence synthesis, communications, and network management are available.