My Journey From Bench to Broker / Du lab de sciences au courtage de connaissances : mon itinéraire

The e-book, Career Journeys: Leaders share different career journeys in research administration (PDF), is one of six fabulous publications in the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) bookstore and presents the diverse career journeys of 11 different research administrators. It is a great resource for those wanting to learn about

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Designing Environmental Research for Impact

Campbell, C. A., Lefroy, E. C., Caddy-Retalic, S., Bax, N., Doherty, P. J., Douglas, M. M., Johnson, D., Possingham, H. P., Specht, A., Tarte, D & West, J. (2015). Designing environmental research for impact. Science of the Total Environment, 534, 4-13. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969714016830  Highlights This paper explores how environmental research can be more influential. Transdisciplinary research

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From Knowledge Translation to Engaged Scholarship: Promoting Research Relevance and Utilization.

Bowen, S. J. & Graham, I. D. (2013). From knowledge translation to engaged scholarship: Promoting research relevance and utilization. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(1 Suppl 1), S3-8. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2012.04.037 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999312009227 Abstract It is now accepted within health care that clinicians and managers should base their practice and decision making on evidence. One would think

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The Who, What and How of Research Impact / L’impact de la recherche : le qui, le quoi et le comment

David Phipps has just returned from three weeks in the UK for his Fellowship funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Working with his Fellowship partner, Julie Bayley (Coventry University), he became immersed in research impacts mediated through public engagement, commercialization, entrepreneurship, internationalization and knowledge exchange. This affords the opportunity

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Exploring the Function and Effectiveness of Knowledge Brokers as Facilitators of Knowledge Translation in Health-Related Settings

Bornbaum C. C., Kornas, K. Peirson, K. & Rosella, L. C. (2015). Exploring the function and effectiveness of knowledge brokers as facilitators of knowledge translation in health-related settings: A systematic review and thematic analysis. Implementation Science, 10, 162. DOI 10.1186/s13012-015-0351-9. http://www.implementationscience.com/content/10/1/162 Abstract Background: Knowledge brokers (KBs) work collaboratively with key stakeholders to facilitate the transfer

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Impact is Measured by Talking to Partners Not Researchers / L’impact se mesure en parlant aux partenaires plutôt qu’aux chercheurs

Researchers either don’t know or overestimate the impact of their research beyond the academy. Here are some ways to foster closer connections between researchers and policy makers and identify stories where research had an impact beyond the academy. Soit les chercheurs ne connaissent pas l’impact de leurs travaux à l’extérieur de

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A Collaborative Approach to Defining the Usefulness of Impact: Lessons From a Knowledge Exchange Project Involving Academics and Social Work Practitioners

Wilkinson, H., Gallagher, M., & Smith, M. (2012). A collaborative approach to defining the usefulness of impact: Lessons from a knowledge exchange project involving academics and social work practitioners. Evidence & Policy, 8(3), 311-327. Abstract This paper reports on a knowledge exchange project involving academics and practitioners in six local authority social

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KMb in the City / MdC dans la ville

On October 31, 2015, We The City featured speakers from community, municipalities and universities including SFU, UNBC, Queen's, Ryerson, UofT, Mt Royal, OCADU, McGill, U Calgary, Dalhousie, UBC and David Phipps from York University. The event featured about 80 participants, three cities and four buses. We The City was a

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Preferences of Knowledge Users for Two Formats of Summarizing Results from Systematic Reviews: Infographics and Critical Appraisals

Crick, K. & Hartling, L. (2015). Preferences of knowledge users for two formats of summarizing results from systematic reviews: Infographics and critical appraisals. PLoS One, 10(10), 1-8. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140029 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4605679/ Abstract Objectives: To examine and compare preferences of knowledge users for two different formats of summarizing results from systematic reviews: infographics and critical appraisals. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Annual

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Knowledge Mobilisation and the Civic Academy: The Nature of Evidence, the Roles of Narrative and the Potential of Contribution Analysis

Bannister, J. & O’Sullivan, A. (2013). Knowledge mobilisation and the civic academy: The nature of evidence, the roles of narrative and the potential of contribution analysis. Contemporary Social Science, 8(3), 249-262. http://rsa.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2012.751497 Abstract The purpose of knowledge mobilisation (KM) can be defined as the creation and communication of evidence motivated by a desire to improve

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Five Steps to Research Impact / Cinq étapes pour que la recherche ait un impact

Knowledge brokering, the formation and support of community campus collaborations, is a key knowledge mobilization method that helps to maximize the social and economic impacts of research. A recent article from York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit breaks that method down into five steps. Le courtage de connaissances, c’est-à-dire la formation et le

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Progressing Research Impact Assessment: A ‘Contributions’ Approach

Morton, S. (2015). Progressing research impact assessment: A ‘contributions’ approach. Research Evaluation, 24(4), 405-419. doi:10.1093/reseval/rvv016 http://rev.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/4/405 Abstract There is an increasing interest in demonstrating the outcomes from research for the purposes of learning, accountability, or to demonstrate the value of research investments. However, assessing the impact of social science research on policy and practice

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Wisdom About Community Campus Collaborations From Those Who Live Them / Sagesse des intervenants dans les collaborations entre l’université et la communauté

In one week I facilitated workshops on supporting awesome community campus collaborations with two very different non-academic audiences. The similarities are interesting, the differences intriguing. The method was fantastic. Dans la même semaine, j’ai animé des ateliers sur les moyens de produire de remarquables collaborations entre l’université et la communauté, auprès de

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