Development of the Translating Allied Health Knowledge (TAHK) benchmarking tool

Dr Danielle Hitch1, Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin1

1Deakin University, Geelong, Australia


Aim: This presentation aims to provide an overview of the formulation of a benchmarking tool from the Translating Allied Health Knowledge (TAHK) framework.


Method: Benchmarking is a systematic process for measuring and comparing work processes, which has been found to be an effective approach to improving quality and effectiveness in clinical health care. The Translating Allied Health Knowledge (TAHK) framework was initially proposed in 2013, as part of a larger study on knowledge translation in occupational therapy. It developed from a comprehensive literature review of the knowledge translation literature in allied health, and was designed to highlight processes and practice characteristics rather than specific methods.


Results: The results from each stage of this tools development will be presented. The framework was initially piloted via consultation with a steering committee, along with a pilot mixed methods feasibility study with clinicians. Testing of the psychometric properties is currently underway, as is a qualitative study to understand the perceptions of clinicians who completed the tool.



The TAHK benchmarking tool is the only measure currently available which addresses implementation processes and mechanisms across different contexts in allied health. The

comprehensive process of development described in this presentation, and the findings of evaluations to date, supports its broader adoption across allied health disciplines and services. The standardized benchmarking tool will be distributed across Victoria to build a baseline of allied health knowledge translation activities, and explore their relationship to a range of organizational contexts.