Bridging the gap between guidelines and practice

Implementing guidelines isn’t easy! Our goal was to make it easier by developing a facilitated process that builds capacity in organisations to use implementation science and empowers them to make their own choices through consensus.

Born out of a research project

The Walk the Talk website was launched in 2021 and is led by Dr. Myra Piat with funding from the Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives project at McGill University. The toolkit materials emanated from a project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2017-2021) led by Dr. Piat with co-investigators Dr. Hélène Albert, Dr. Regina Casey and Dr. Marie-Pier Rivest. Seven organisations used the toolkit and implemented a recovery-oriented innovation.
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What’s new? Adapting the toolkit for equity-deserving groups

In 2023 Dr Myra Piat and her research team were awarded a 5-year THINC grant from CIHR to take Walk the Talk to the next level! They are working from an equity perspective with six organizations providing services to marginalized groups, including precariously housed women, victims of violence, indigenous communities, ethnically and racially diverse populations, and 2SLGBTQ+ people. The goal is to produce an Adaptation Guide that will assist these and other organizations to adapt the toolkit to the needs of their communities and use it to implement recovery into services.

We are hiring – research assistant, Masters and PhD students, and a postdoctoral fellow.

The Creators of the Toolkit

Myra Piat portrait

Assistant Professor, McGill University; Researcher, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, CIUSS

Megan Wainwright Portrait

Consultant and Honorary Fellow

Eleni Sofouli Portrait

PhD Candidate, McGill University

Open the toolkit and see what a facilitated process looks like

Academic Partners

Walk the Talk was developed in research projects in which the following researchers contributed valuable feedback, input and assistance with translation.

Sébastien LeBlanc MSW,

Joseph O’Rourke,

Collaborating organisations

Seven organisations in five provinces participated in the research within which the toolkit materials were developed.


The toolkit’s development and the subsequent creation of a website was made possible through generous funding from the following bodies.

Meet our Expert Panel

We consulted with an Expert Panel monthly during the website’s development. The panel included Implementation Team members and researchers with experience using the toolkit.

Ernest Guptill,


 Dawn Baker,


Len Perry,


Ben Younesi,


Alysha Clements,

New Brunswick

François Hubin,


Tracy Repanos,

British Columbia

Luc Bellefleur,

New Brunswick

Catlin DeVilla,


Kim Tuomisto,


Gisèle Fontaine,

New Brunswick

Carol Plathan,


Chris Summerville,


Hélène Albert,

New Brunswick

Regina Casey,

British Columbia

Marie-Pier Rivest,

New Brunswick

Joseph J. O’Rourke,

British Columbia

Lise Labonté,