Background

ResearchImpact (RIR) is a pan-Canadian network of 11 universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the social, economic, environmental and health benefits of Canadians. RIR is committed to developing institutional capacities to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing knowledge mobilization best practices, services and tools.

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact is a network of 11 universities that have invested in an institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization among faculty, students and partner organizations. Current members are: Carleton University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Guelph, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University.

About Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge mobilization is a suite of services that connects academic research and researchers with people and organizations seeking to develop sustainable solutions social, economic, environmental, cultural, and health challenges. Involving research from the social sciences and humanities, health and natural sciences, knowledge mobilization is concerned with research that has the potential to inform decisions about public policy, professional practice and social programs. Partners for knowledge mobilization can be from the public, community/non-profit, and the private sector. Knowledge mobilization also supports engagement of research and researchers with the broader public. The foundation of any institutional knowledge mobilization capacity is the knowledge broker who provides knowledge mobilization services to researchers, students and their non-academic partners.

Mission and Vision

We build Canada’s capacity to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing best practices, services and tools.

We will maximize the impact of university research for the social, economic, environmental, cultural, and health benefit of Canadians.

Values

  • We believe that academic research contributes to social, economic, environmental, cultural and health benefits of Canadians
  • We believe that research encompasses research, scholarship and creative activity by faculty, students and staff across all disciplines
  • We value community, industry and government partners as active participants in conducting research
  • We believe that knowledge mobilization services reflect the capacities and opportunities of institutional members.