Sandy Campbell
Knowledge Translation Specialist

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I am an independent consultant on knowledge translation (KT) issues and processes in health. I worked for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2003-2008, leading its KT-oriented Research Matters project. During that time I was variously based in Ottawa, Dakar, Lusaka and Nairobi. Since 2008, my focus has remained on developing KT processes, strategies and institutions within Africa and, increasingly, in the developed world. Alongside the development of various KT curriculua and other training modules, my work in KT has been largely split between end-of-grant KT projects (e.g. developing communications strategies and products, and strengthening the capacities of research teams in the developing world to communicate) and integrated KT (e.g. developing sustainable mechanisms to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers). To illustrate my integrated KT work, I helped to launch the Zambia Forum for Health Research (ZAMFOHR) and the Regional East African Community Health Policy Initiative (REACH Policy), now both successful Knowledge Translation Platforms. Through my work with EVIPNet, I am continuing this focus on developing KTPs, most recently assisting the Ministry of Health in Sudan to create a strategic plan for its new National Health Policy Forum.


About Me

knowledge translation * strategic planning *

priority setting * capacity strengthening *

facilitation * KTP development

Over the past five years, my clients have included:

  1. the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) (World Health Organization)

  2. the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (World Health Organization)

  3. the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

  4. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS)

  5. the SURE project (Strengthening the Use of Research Evidence in African Health Systems) (the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services)

  6. the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (World Health Organization)

  7. the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) (World Health Organization)

  8. Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) (World Health Organization)

  9. the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

  10. the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)





Throughout my career, I’ve developed and managed projects in a variety of diverse developing contexts, including Zambia, Kenya, Sénégal, Mongolia, Sudan, South Africa and Tanzania.

writer * editor * videographer *

strategic planner * evaluator

My particular focus within KT includes priority setting, situation analyses, deliberative dialogues, knowledge management, evaluative thinking, and strengthening national health research systems. I’ve explored these topics in print (articles, modules, toolkits, curricula), in video (with various documentaries shot across the developing world), and of course in person as a facilitator and trainer (with ongoing work in Zambia, Sudan and Cameroon).

I have also written strategic plans for several of my clients, developed an online social network, and have written grant proposals netting over US$3 million in funding.