Current Research: Early Childhood


Microbiome Health

Title: Using Documentary as a Method of Knowledge Translation to Reach the “Sandwich Generation”

Funder: BC SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster (2018-20)

Abstract: Documentaries are an understudied but potentially powerful strategy to enhance knowledge and behavioural change. However the mechanisms by which health documentaries facilitate audience change has received little study. My project will involve a realist evaluation of a documentary, “Let Them Eat Dirt,” that aims to reach and inform parents of young children (“the sandwich generation”) about the role of the microbiome in early childhood development. This study is undertaken in partnership with microbiologists in the Finley Lab at UBC, and the documentary is supported by Allergen, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies (CIFAR), and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Funding for the realist evaluation is provided by a methods grant from BC SUPPORT Unit Methods Cluster for Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Through this research we aim to explore:

  • What works, for whom, how, and in what circumstances to facilitate uptake of health-related research evidence among “the sandwich generation” in the context of an entertaining documentary on the effect of microbes on child health development?

  • What is the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effect of the use of a documentary and supporting media to disseminate knowledge related to microbes and early childhood development to parents?

Status: We have begun data collection and are seeking to interview Canadian parents about their information needs. To get involved, contact us!