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The Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer Unit (MEKTU)

The heart of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer Unit (MEKTU) is investigating the quality, usefulness and effectiveness of policies, programs, and practices (evaluation) and the process of moving research into practice (knowledge transfer).

Created in 2018, MEKTU is a partnership between NB-IRDT and the Government of New Brunswick. It was developed in support of the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project (HSPP) – a $75 million, partnership project between the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Social Development, the Department of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Since establishment, MEKTU continues to support the HSPP while growing to support other projects as well.


To help governments, communities, and partners, make trusted evidence-informed decisions to improve the lives of citizens.

We inform effective practices, programs and policies in New Brunswick and beyond through collaboration, monitoring, robust evaluations, and knowledge transfer.

A sustainable and innovative team of experts trusted for our evaluation and knowledge transfer services

  • Innovative thinking and processes
  • Excellence and efficiency in service
  • Culture of trust, respect and inclusion
  • Collaboration and open communication

Services we offer


  • Support projects to ensure they have a clear project plan.
  • Ongoing monitoring of projects’ progress and findings.
  • Help projects through challenges and issues.


  • Ensure projects have a strong evaluation plan.
  • Work with projects to identify gaps, methodological challenges or to identify potential partnerships for evaluation. 
  • Help projects work through evaluation issues.

Knowledge Transfer

  • Lead, assess and assist with the Knowledge Transfer (KT) component of projects, including tracking and evaluating KT metrics.
  • Develop a strategy for dissemination of research findings provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Lead, assist and coach researchers on developing and disseminating KT activities such as plain language summaries and infographics, for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences. This involves translating research into common language so findings can be easily and effectively distributed and heard by government and stakeholders.
  • Build relationships and actively develop partnerships with partner organizations and other diverse stakeholders. 

  • Provide a range of evaluation services customized to clients' requirements and preferred approach. 


Email us if you have any comments, questions or concerns about MEKTU projects or expertise.

Healthy Seniors Pilot Project (HSPP)

The HSPP supports community and government applied research initiatives in New Brunswick, to explore how governments, communities and private sectors can better support seniors.