Strategic groups and platforms
The main scientific activities of the Network take place within three strategic groups (RS) and three platforms. Each RS includes researchers (regular) from the three research domains and the eight universities, as well as associate members.

The three platforms support the strategic groups all while pursuing a mission of innovation. These platforms are focused on cross-cutting issues that affect the RS, their clienteles, care settings and contexts in which the care takes place.


Resources Platform

Leaders: Dominique Tremblay and Julie Houle 

Instrument Database

The general objective of the Resources Platform is to make different tools and resources available to all RRISIQ researchers and students. For instance, resources that may assist them in developing clinical interventions, drafting academic texts, scientific articles, a grant submission or a research protocol.

Strategic objectives:

  1. Ensure the sustainability of the instrument database, the decision-support tools and clinical guides;
  2. Promote the development of a research capacity through networking between our members.

The resources platform aims to mobilize tools and expertise in order to address the existing challenge of our members working in diverse clinical settings and universities. Notably, among the resources that will shortly be available, our members will have access to a telecommunication platform to facilitate networking between members who do not have access to this type of resources in their establishments. Also, a list of volunteers will be available for critical reviews on scientific or professional articles as well as on protocols to be submitted to funding agencies.

Knowledge Transfer Platform

Leaders: Marie-Pierre Gagnon and Sonia Semenic

The Knowledge Transfer Platform as a laboratory of experimentation

It is usually recognized that knowledge transfer must be done in partnership with the expected users of this knowledge. However, it is not productive, realistic or even beneficial to impose a knowledge transfer component to all scientific production as such.

There is no proven recipe to diffuse a message to the right audience and to control its effect; it is a long-term undertaking that must be conducted with creativity and developed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the network and targeted issues.

Exponential accumulation of scientific production forces us to reflect on diffusion modalities that enable evidence-based data to incorporate this tremendous information flow. Social media represents the main access to information and favours visual, catchy and short design. It is a competitive game whose ultimate weapon is committed creativity: avoid to be boring and actually believe in what you are saying.

The RRISIQ Knowledge Transfer Platform aims to establish and share empirical rather programmatic learning bases; experimenting new forms of scientific narratives and new methods of diffusion, not limited to academia but rather relayed through social media.


  1. Develop new knowledge as well as innovative practices in knowledge transfer to position the Network as a center of excellence and innovation in knowledge transfer on a national and international level;
  2. Provide support to the Network’s research teams in developing the knowledge transfer component of their research projects and grant applications;
  3. Provide support to clinical settings and Network researchers in developing, implementing and evaluating knowledge sharing interventions aiming to favour an evidence-based nursing practice.

The platform’s first objective is to link all of the Network’s knowledge transfer expertise, in order to monitor the domain’s evolution and to position itself as an experimentation and innovation center in this field. For example, this can be achieved through developing, validating and using methods and indicators from the Social Network Analysis (SNA) theory to measure the real impact of a research network on the intensity of the collaborations and the productivity of its researchers.

To achieve the second objective, the platform’s resource person carries out the conception and development of knowledge transfer tools to support members in sharing their projects and results.

The operationalization of the third objective will be done taking into account an important obstacle that limits knowledge transfer, which consists in the difficulty of appropriating information due to lack of time, capacities, access or other such impediments. The principle of a greater use of information sources based on scientific research is remarkably consensual. However, a constant expansion of knowledge transfer efforts combined with the pressure to make clinical practices and organisations more efficient results in an ever-wider gap between the amount of available information and our capacity to use it (Knott and Wildavsky 1980, Feldman and March 1981, Contandriopoulos 2012, Alvesson and Spicer 2013). Thus, it is not a matter of disseminating more information, but rather a matter of sorting, synthetizing and contextualizing information…Thus, it is important to work towards identifying users and adapting the transfer process. In other words, to match the needs more efficiently, the data and the actors involved.

Hence, the third objective aims to match more efficiently the need, data and actors involved. In order to implement this approach a thematic index sorted by research projects, practical settings and network partners will be created. This will allow to link research and practical settings quickly and efficiently on the basis of mutual interests to help reinforce already existing bridges.

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International Development Platform

Leaders: Maria Cecillia Gallani and Jacinthe Pepin

The International development platform aims to strengthen and promote the development of collaborations, nationally and internationally, in nursing intervention research regarding knowledge production, evaluation and synthesis, as well as knowledge application and dissemination.

Specific objectives: 1) Establish an international nursing intervention research journal, following the recommendations of two studies (Champoux, P.L. & Dantas, D. (2013). Mandat de consultation - RRISIQ. Montréal: HEC Montréal; Paquin É. (2016). Projet de création d’une revue savante. Montréal.); 2) Build lasting collaborations with nursing organizations for an international symposium to be held periodically; 3) To support researchers in carrying out their research projects involving an international aspect. 

To achieve objectives 1 and 2, the creation of a scientific journal is under way. The journal, entitled Science infirmière et pratiques en santé – Science of Nursing and Health Practices, has been approved by the RRISIQ board of directors. Keeping with its mandate to stimulate and support transfer and dissemination of nursing intervention knowledge, the journal will publish research articles (80%) and knowledge transfer articles (20%), written and French and English and addressing one of the three RRISIQ intervention domains (clinical nursing intervention, organizational intervention, nursing education intervention). The editorial committee includes Ms José Côté (RN PhD) as chief editor, and three associate editors representing the three RRISIQ intervention domains and the bilingual and international nature of the journal. A scientific committee bringing together Anglophone and Francophone researchers will ensure expertise and exposure for the journal. The journal will be launched in June 2018 during a RRISIQ organized activity at the SIDIIEF’s 7th congress in Bordeaux. Over 2000 participants from around the world are expected to attend this event. This involvement with the SIDIIEF represents an opportunity to share research result with a great diversity of participants, including decision-makers, and to instigate international research collaborations.

To achieve objective 3, different strategies have been and will be implemented to incentivize research projects with an international component and creation of partnerships. Firstly, in the fall 2017, the RRISIQ International Development Platform launched a competition for RRISIQ members aiming to support regular researchers in the development and realization of research activities with the mandatory participation of both RRISIQ and international researchers. Secondly, a survey was launched in May 2017 to identify all RRISIQ research activities carried out in international collaborations. We will then be able to determine potential needs of the researches to better support them with their projects with international components.