Free Access to Building the Concept of Research Impact Literacy Article

We are pleased to announce that this article written by Julie Bayley and David Phipps and published in Evidence & Policy, was one of the Journal’s top five most read articles published in 2017. Due to its popularity, the article will be free to access during the month of February 2018. You can access the article here.

Baley, J. E. & Phipps, D. (2017). Building the concept of research impact literacy. Evidence & Policy.


Impact is an increasingly significant part of academia internationally, both in centralised assessment processes (for example, UK) and funder drives towards knowledge mobilisation (for example, Canada). However, narrowly focused measurement-centric approaches can encourage short-termism, and assessment paradigms can overlook the scale of effort needed to convert research into effect. With no ‘one size fits all’ template possible for impact, it is essential that the ability to comprehend and critically assess impact is strengthened within the research sector. In this paper we reflect on these challenges and offer the concept of impact literacy as a means to support impact at both individual and institutional levels. Opportunities to improve impact literacy are also discussed.

2018 Call for Content for the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

The following post was first published on January 27, 2018 on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website at

Canadian Human Rights MuseumMobilizing Evidence for Human Rights and the Social Development Goals

Call for Content #CKF18

WORD form to contribute content: CKF18 Call for Content Form

Click here to REGISTER

Please use one form per contribution – multiple contributions are accepted

We are inviting practitioners, researchers, academics, activists, social innovators, research funders, science educators and communicators, citizen scientists, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, artists, interested community groups, and citizens to share their views and experience on innovative activities in knowledge mobilization.

The theme for 2018 is: Mobilizing Evidence for Human Rights and the Social Development Goals

Knowledge Mobilization is often described as making the best of what we know, whether from research, assessed practice, or traditional knowledge, ready for others to use so that new value can be created.

The framework created by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Social Development Goals, and other social justice declarations are a deeply useful structure to help move knowledge into action.

The theme for 2018 focuses us on how to be better together. We invite participation that will push thinking and engagement of the knowledge mobilization community further. You can present and connect with any other subject matter areas covered by the discussion on human rights and social development goals. We encourage you to share how your work, for example, in healthcare links to sustainable communities, or economic growth links to clean water, helps end poverty, creates equality etc.

Let us share the best of what we practice to improve our collective well-being.

The Forum will be hosted at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

We are driven by an objective of allowing you to design your own conference experience that reflects your interests, experience, priorities and learning styles. Drawing on the assets of the Province of Manitoba’s Capital – Winnipeg, leaders in knowledge mobilization from all across Canada and beyond, it is our hope you will come away from CKF18 enriched, energized and engaged in this field like never before.

Please see the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website for more details about this call for content and the Forum

Recapping the Top Five Most Popular Posts of 2017 / Résumé des 5 billets les plus populaire de 2017

Here’s a look at the top five most popular blog posts in 2016. Revoici les cinq billets qui vous ont le plus intéressés.

#1 – 252 views

Watching Impact in the REF and How It Informs the Canadian Context / Le REF en observation : comment l’impact s’y manifeste, et son influence sur la situation canadienne

The Research Excellence Framework is a system wide research assessment exercise that includes assessment of the various non-academic impacts of research. As the UK prepares for REF 2021 Research Impact Canada is piloting impact assessment in Canada. Not because of any reporting requirement but because we should understand and communicate the impacts we are making. It’s the right thing to do.

Au Royaume-Uni, le Research Excellence Framework est un exercice d’évaluation de la recherche appliqué à l’ensemble du système d’enseignement supérieur, qui prévoit l’évaluation des nombreux impacts de la recherche en dehors de l’université. Tandis que ce pays prépare son REF de 2021, au Canada, le Réseau Impact Recherche réalise son propre projet pilote d’évaluation de l’impact. Non pas parce qu’une autorité quelconque nous l’impose, mais parce que comprendre et communiquer les effets que nous provoquons… c’est ce qu’il faut faire, tout simplement.


Fast Track Impact logo#2 – 209 views

Connecting Impact Pathways to Actual Impacts / Raccorder la trajectoire à l’impact

Researchers are crafting impact strategies in grant applications. Are they getting any help from their universities and their institutional research administrators?

Dans leurs demandes de subvention, les chercheurs mettent au point des stratégies d’impact. Reçoivent-ils de l’aide pour ce faire de la part de leur université et des administrateurs de la recherche?

Durham#3 – 164 views

Mobilizing Knowledge to Give Children and Families the Best Start: Research and Knowledge Mobilization Sub-Committee of Durham’s Best Start Network

This guest post was written by Darren Levine, Manager of the Innovation and Research Unit in the Social Services Department of the Regional Municipality of Durham.

Over the past several months, the Research and Knowledge Mobilization Sub-Committee of Durham Region’s Best Start Network has begun to mobilize local EDI (Early Development Instrument) data to inform practice across Durham’s early learning community. This sub-committee is comprised of representatives from The Region of Durham’s Social Services Department, Innovation and Research Unit, and Health Department, local academic organizations including the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, and community agencies.

Puzzle pieces#4 – 151 views

Six Actions to Mobilize Knowledge / Six actions pour mobiliser les connaissances

On January 31, 2017, Bev Holmes and Allan Best summarized their recent paper in Evidence & Policy that seeks to make sense of the complexity of knowledge mobilization by pointing to six key actions that can be taken by initiative managers and key influencers.

Le 31 janvier 2017, Bev Holmes et Allan Best ont résumé leur récent article, paru dans Evidence & Policy, dans lequel ils cherchent à expliquer la complexité de la mobilisation des connaissances. Ils indiquent six actions clés qui sont à la portée des gestionnaires d’initiative et des grands influenceurs.

#5- 123 views

The “Guide of Guides” Series for Knowledge Translation

This guest post was written by Anneliese Poetz, KT Manager, Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet).

A couple of years ago, one of our researchers asked us for guidance for using social media for KT. We realized while searching for what was ‘already out there’ that there are a lot of guides for social media, but not all of them are targeted towards use by researchers. In collaboration with York University’s KMb Unit, we produced our first “Guide of Guides” that is a compilation of carefully selected and vetted guides for social media that are relevant. The “Guide of Guides” format resembles an annotated bibliography, where the reference information is provided for each guide along with a summary paragraph about the tool, how it can be used and why you may wish to use it. The “Social Media Guide of Guides” became the start of a series. This post serves as a “guide” to the “Guide of Guides” series.

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Save the Date: ‘Impact of Science 2018’, June 14-15, 2017 in Ottawa

AESIS, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science, will be holding their annual connference, Impact of Science: Finding shared approached to assess, enable and accelerate impact on society on June 14 & 15, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada. Visit the conference website for full details and registration

AESIS logoIn 2018 the annual ‘Impact of Science’ conference will be held in Ottawa, Canada. During the last few years Canada has been successful in calling for more attention to its position worldwide in their research intensity and innovation. This has led to a variety of evaluations and strategies that draw attention to societal impact of science, most notably, the Fundamental Science Review, the Innovation and Skills agenda, and more recently the Superclusters initiative. In addition, the federal and several provincial governments have (re)introduced the position of Chief Science Advisor in order to generate more evidence-informed policymaking.

The political momentum and current research eco-system in Canada are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debates on impact. In line with Canadian prospects and initiatives the AESIS annual conference will focus on finding shared approaches for assessing, enabling and accelerating the societal impact of science.

Registration for the conference Impact of Science is open. A limited amount of early bird tickets are available until February 15th (23.59 EST).

The draft-programme, information about the speakers and the registration form can be found on the conference website.

Merry Mobilizing!

2017 Merry Mobilizing Card

Merry Mobilizing from the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University!

From left to right:

Simon Landry, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, VISTA

Anneliese Poetz, Manager, KT Core, Kids Brain Health

Sarah Howe, Director, Innovation York

Rebecca Giblon, Research Translation Assistant, KMb Unit

David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services

Stacie Ross, KT Assistant, KT Core, Kids Brain Health

Jeannie Mackintosh, KT Assistant, KT Core, Kids Brain Health

Asam Malik, Design Communications Assistant, KMb Unit

Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, KMb Unit

Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization, KMb Unit

Job Opportunity – Senior Scientific Lead, Knowledge Mobilization – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Please see Canadian Partnership Against Cancer website for full details

Position: Senior Scientific Lead, Knowledge Mobilization
Reports to: Vice-President, Strategy
Location: Toronto (Downtown)
Status: Part-Time
Posting date: November 3, 2017

Overview of Role:

The Senior Scientific Lead, Knowledge Mobilization will report to the Vice-President, Strategy and provide advice and expertise on evidence-based policy and implementation practices, with a view to provide the necessary supports with partners across the country to adopt proven practices that have resulted in successful change and have sustainable impact. Working closely with the Director, Knowledge Mobilization, the Senior Scientific Lead will help guide the Knowledge Mobilization team’s approaches for increasing capacity to mobilize evidence into action, which also includes driving enhanced use of the Partnership’s digital ecosystem.


– Contribute broad, new thinking and, through connections with other senior cancer control leaders across Canada and internationally, inform the Partnership’s strategic direction to influence policy and to scale up successful implementation practices that are developed and tested in one part of the country and spread across the system to bring about real change at an organizational, community or system level.

– Provide strategic advice and expert counsel to the Partnership’s advisory committees and leadership team to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of knowledge mobilization initiatives to impact target system outcomes

– Support the Partnership’s senior leadership team to deliver on Board-approved plans in the area of developing a more sustainable cancer system and working to embed more sustainable knowledge mobilization practices in the work of the broader Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control Work across the organization with other Senior Scientific and Expert Leads to identify synergies across program of work initiatives

– Keep up to date on best practices in policy change, dissemination, implementation and evaluation strategies and keep the VP Strategy, Director of Knowledge Mobilization and other Partnership staff apprised of new developments that may affect knowledge mobilization practices

– Be an external ambassador for the organization, specifically on issues related to knowledge mobilization in cancer control, and providing expert opinions and advice on behalf of the Partnership

– Direct and participate in the development of strategies to enhance awareness of the Partnership’s strategic direction in the scientific, academic and medical communities nationally and internationally

– Participate as a member or co-chair of the Knowledge Mobilization Steering Committee

– Participate as a member of the Partnership’s Cancer Control Council to achieve the Partnership’s 2017–22 Strategic Plan commitments

– Provide leadership in coordinating, managing and participating in conferences and events to support and promote the strategic direction of the Partnership

For further details on this position, please see the full job description in the link below:
Senior Scientific Lead, Knowledge Mobilization

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter to

For additional information, please visit our website at

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Living Knowledge 8 Call for Proposals

This post first appeared on the Living Knowledge website at


Call for Proposals

The 2018 edition of the Living Knowledge Conference will be hosted by the Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, from 30th May to 1st June. On 28th and 29th May pre-conference events and an accredited summer school are welcoming you.

The LK8 Conference is inviting academics, practitioners, activists, social innovators, research funders, science educators and communicators, citizen scientists, policy-makers, non-governmental organisations, artists, interested community groups and citizens to share their views and experience on innovative activities at the science-society interface.

The last Living Knowledge conference hosted more than 250 participants from 25 countries.

To receive all news and updates, please visit the LK8 Facebook event. Format related guidelines are in the Proposal Guide.

The Theme of LK8

Enriching Science and Community Engagement

In order to build on and enhance the public engagement in research practices, the conference would like to bring together the existing networks of action research and action learning, citizen science, community-based research, engaged scholarship, open science, science shops, participatory action research, participatory governance, RRI (responsible research and innovation), and social innovation. Different communities often use such umbrella terms inside and outside science and research encompassing various transdisciplinary and public engagement practices. Even though these practices meet renewed societal interest in Europe and attract considerable acknowledgement from a range of disciplines and research cultures, in most societies, such democratic spaces remain only rare exceptions.

In recent years such participatory arrangements have run parallel and become pervasive in science-society interactions. In fact, they are regarded almost a compulsory step in the promotional cycle of scientific production. Does this help a true engagement with science and communities? This question warrants the need to revisit opportunities of renewal that these different approaches can offer in the changing landscapes of scientific culture in Enriching Science and Community Engagement. In general, they all aim to let citizens, policymakers, industry and the education community catch a glimpse of magic behind the research scenes; imply an evolving role of “society in science” and “science in society”, and share a focus on a shift in how knowledge becomes legitimised in society. Nonetheless, their interactions have been limited to date. The conference would like to contribute to a wider learning across silos and will offer active and interactive spaces to build on the potential synergies between these community-based approaches and facilitate transposition or convergence of emerging participative and inclusive solutions.

Participants are invited to critically reflect on public engagement challenges, on the complex impacts of their science-community partnerships, on social acceptance of research and innovation processes. E.g.

How can science shops better connect with civil society?

How to move beyond the existing practices to engage all RRI stakeholders and also marginalized groups and communities?

How citizen science could truly involve people to live up to the expectations of scientific citizenship and empowerment?

How could action research and participatory methods contribute to the shaping of responsible research and innovation agendas?

What is the epistemological importance of science and community engagement activities?

How can researchers live up to the societal expectations in community engagement settings? What are the long-term and real benefits?

How do researchers lower the barriers to participation or build trust among participants with different worldviews?

What new arrangements, governance models exist or can be created/practised addressing the instrumentalisation of these practices at the personal, organisational, and funding levels?

The LK8 programming is facilitated by the Steering Committee members and representatives of conference Local Organising Committee (LOC). If you are unsure how to start, please read our Proposal Guide first. To get the feeling, please watch the videos recorded in and programmes of previous Living Knowledge conferences, see below.

7th Living Knowledge Conference 2016 in Dublin (Video)
6th Living Knowledge Conference 2014 in Copenhagen (Video)
5th Living Knowledge Conference 2012 in Bonn (Video)
4th Living Knowledge Conference 2009 in Belfast (Video)
3rd Living Knowledge Conference 2007 in Paris (Video)
2nd Living Knowledge Conference 2005 in Seville (Proceedings)
1st Living Knowledge Conference 2001 in Leuven (Project Output)

Be prepared to contribute and debate in interactive and hands-on sessions, workshops and other types of activities. Get in contact with the LOC members to assist you in joining a proposal team or write to the Steering Committee members for assistance, advice and direction or the LK national contact points for finding partners to your session idea!

If you are not part of an academic organisation that is capable of funding your participation, we will do our best to assist you. The LOC is working on sponsoring opportunities and will offer partly funded passes to speakers bringing new ideas or perspectives especially from civil society.
Key dates

Deadline for contributions: 5 January 2018
Deadline for summer school applications: 2 February 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection of contributions and summer school applications: 23 February 2018
Online registration opens: 23 February 2018
Early bird rate by 30 March 2018

Further information:

Proposal guide
LK8 Facebook event

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum – Call for Content

This week’s guest post was first published on the UKKMbF website and it reposted here with permission.

UKKMbF call for contentThe UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum is a space for collaborative learning and reflection amongst those engaged in the art and science of sharing knowledge and ensuring that it can be used. We are now inviting contributions from anyone with a story, method, resource or insight to share about knowledge mobilisation. If you have got something to share, we would love to hear from you! To contribute, please read the details below, download the submission form (at the bottom of the page) and email it to us at by Friday 13th October. We aim to notify all contributors by the end of October 2017.

Contributions should cover one of the areas listed below. Please indicate which area your contribution fits into on the submission form.

– Knowledge mobilisation practice – examples and case studies of knowledge sharing practices and activities. The emphasis here is on sharing practices, experiences (good and bad!) and learning about the practice of knowledge mobilisation.

– Knowledge mobilisation research & evaluation – examples of research into knowledge mobilisation and the evaluation of knowledge sharing initiatives and approaches. The emphasis here is on sharing insights and results from the study of knowledge mobilisation.

– Knowledge mobilisation training & development – examples and case studies of knowledge mobilisation training and development activities. The emphasis here is on sharing experiences and practices of educating and training people (researchers, practitioners and the public) in the art and science of knowledge mobilisation. This could include activities to support informal learning and development amongst knowledge mobilisers.

In this year’s programme we have created opportunities for the following types of contribution.


Two interactive poster sessions will take place during the Forum. During the first, you will simply need to display your poster and provide an opportunity for your fellow delegates to leave (written) comments and questions. Posters should be A0 or A1 size and can be either portrait or landscape. During the second session, you will have an opportunity to respond to the comments and questions which have been left by your fellow delegates and to develop a shared conversation about your poster. Note – you will not need to ‘present’ your poster, but simply respond to the comments and questions which have been raised.


When we say short – we mean short! Presentations should last no more than 7 minutes in total, slides should be light on words and heavy on images and should advance automatically after 15-30 seconds. Resources to help you prepare (and work out if it’s for you) can be found here ( and here (


Workshops should be both practical and interactive with an emphasis on collaborative learning. You will have up to 45 minutes and could use the time to explore a topic in a bit more depth, give participants an opportunity to try something out, find out what people think about something you have developed or try out a new interactive or learning approach. The choice is yours – but the workshop should be both practical and interactive.


Market stalls provide an opportunity for you to ‘display your knowledge mobilisation wares’! This could include any kind of materials relating to your knowledge mobilisation practice, research or training & development activities. We particularly welcome stalls which will encourage interaction and conversations. You will be allocated a round table (approx 6ft diameter) to display your materials on, but if you need more space or would like to bring your own display boards, please indicate this on the submission form.

2018 submission form

Research Impact Canada Leaps onto International Stage, Welcomes Three New Members / Réseau Impact Recherche saute sur la scène internationale et accueille trois nouveaux members

This week’s guest post first appeared in the September 2017 edition of the CARA Connection newsletter and is reposted here with permission.

Ce récit a été publié la première fois dans le bulletin Connexion de l’ACAAR, septembre 2017. Il est repris ici avec permission.

Robert HacheOn August 11, 2017, Dr. Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation at York University and Chair of the Executive Lead Committee of Research Impact Canada, announced that three new institutional members have joined Canada’s expanding knowledge mobilization network.

“We are pleased to welcome the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western University as new institutional members. Additionally, we welcome the first international affiliate member: the United Kingdom’s University of Brighton,” said Dr. Haché. “These universities bring unique strengths to the network with expertise in knowledge mobilization, community engagement and research collaborations with partners from the public, private and non-profit organizations,” he added.
Research Impact Canada is a network of 14 universities stretching across Canada from Memorial University of Newfoundland to the University of Victoria. The addition of the University of Brighton represents a leap onto the international stage. The network’s goals are to support the engagement of faculty, students and their non-academic research partners which in turn maximizes the social, economic, health, cultural and environmental impacts of research. This vital work will ultimately inform decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners, working in community, industry and government partners.

New Members Bring Unique Expertise

Research Impact Canada provides a unique opportunity for institutions to learn from each other and build competencies. In this spirit, the three new members have much to offer the network, for example:

– UBC’s long standing commitments such as the UBC Learning Exchange and more recent knowledge mobilization initiatives such as the Policy Studio in the new UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

– Western University’s “knowledge stewardship” program, a collaboration between the research office and libraries; and

– The University of Brighton’s internationally recognized Community University Partnership Programme, which supports the many ways in which the University and community can work together.

Benefits to Joining

Research Impact Canada bridges the gap between research and real-world application and impact, a core value in today’s academic environment. The Report from the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science articulated this best: “Research is essential to the health, prosperity, and security of Canadians and to our efforts to foster a creative, inclusive, and vibrant society.”

In line with this thinking, successful grant applications often link research to impact; programs such as the Networks of Centres of Excellence and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grants are built on an expectation that research will have a lasting impact on Canadians.

McMaster University provides a prime example of the benefits of joining the network. This University won the 2017 SSHRC Award of Excellence for Communications (May 31, 2017). It did this through modifying the ResearchSnapshot clear language summary series that Research Impact Canada had piloted. McMaster adapted the formatting and created an award-winning social media strategy for their “Research Snaps.”

For more information, visit the Research Impact Canada website or contact David Phipps, Network Manager ( Follow the group on Twitter @researchimpact. To read the Report from the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science, visit the website. For more context, read the Conference Board of Canada’s publication Beyond Citation.


Le 11 août 2017, M. Robert Haché, Vice-Président, Recherche et innovation à l’Université York et Président du Comité exécutif de direction du Réseau Impact Recherche Canada, annonçait l’arrivée de trois nouveaux membres institutionnels au sein du réseau grandissant de mobilisation des connaissances au Canada.

“Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir l’Université de la Colombie-britannique (UBC) et l’Université Western en tant que nouveaux membres institutionnels. De plus, nous souhaitons la bienvenue à notre tout nouveau membre affilié international, soit l’Université de Brighton, située au Royaume-Uni, » a déclaré M. Haché. « Ces institutions mettent leurs propres forces et leur expertise en mobilisation des connaissances , en engagement communautaire et en collaborations de recherche avec des partenaires du secteur public, privé et sans-but lucratif au service des membres de notre réseau, » a-t-il ajouté.

Le Réseau Impact Recherche Canada est un réseau de 14 universités situées à travers le Canada, de l’Université Memorial à Terre-Neuve jusqu’à l’Université de Victoria. L’ajout de l’Université Brighton propulse le réseau sur la scène internationale. Les objectifs du réseau sont d’apporter un soutien aux chercheurs, aux étudiants et à leurs partenaires de recherche non-académiques afin de maximiser les impacts sociaux, économiques, culturels, environnementaux et en santé de la recherche. Ce travail primordial en viendra à mieux informer les décideurs politiques et économiques ainsi que les praticiens qui travaillent de concert avec des partenaires communautaires, industriels et gouvernementaux.

Les nouveaux membres apportent une expertise unique

Le Réseau Impact Recherche Canada offre aux institutions une occasion unique de développer des compétences en profitant de l’expertise de ses membres. À cet effet, nos trois nouveaux membres ont beaucoup à nous offrir :

– L’engagement à long terme de l’Université de la Colombie-britannique sur des projets tels que le UBC Learning Exchange, ainsi que de récentes initiatives en mobilisation des connaissances telles que la création du Policy Studio dans la nouvelle UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

– Le programme “gestion des connaissances”, une collaboration entre le Bureau des services de la recherche et les bibliothèques de l’Université Western; et

– Le Community University Partnership Programme, reconnu à l’échelle mondiale, de l’Université de Brighton, qui soutient les collaborations entre l’Université et la communauté de diverses façons.

Avantages de devenir membre

Réseau Impact Canada permet de combler l’écart entre la recherche et ses applications et ses impacts en contexte réel, une valeur clé dans l’environnement universitaire actuel. L’Examen du soutien fédéral aux sciences l’exprimait le mieux: “La recherche est essentielle à la santé, à la prospérité, et à la sécurité des Canadiens et des Canadiennes, et aux efforts qu’ils déploient pour construire une société créative, inclusive et dynamique. »

En concordance avec cette affirmation, les demandes de subvention gagnantes établissent un lien clair entre la recherche et son impact; des programmes tels que les Réseaux de centres d’excellence et les subventions de développement de partenariat Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales du Canada (CRSH) existent parce que nous nous attendons à ce que la recherche ait un impact durable.

L’Université McMaster offre un exemple probant des avantages de se joindre au réseau. Cette institution a remporté le prix d’Excellence en communications 2017 du CRSH (31 mai, 2017) en modifiant les résumés vulgarisés Research Snapshots, pilotés par Research Impact Canada, pour en faire une stratégie de médias sociaux fort réussie et primée intitulée « Research Snaps ».

Pour plus d’information, veuillez consulter la page Web de Réseau Impact Canada ou contacter M. David Phipps, gérant du réseau ( Suivez le groupe sur Twitter @researchimpact. Afin de lire L’Examen du soutien fédéral aux sciences en entier, veuillez consulter la page Web. Pour plus de contexte, veuillez lire la publication du Conference Board du Canada sur la page Beyond Citation.

Finding common approaches in a diverse practice domain: A Q-study of knowledge mobilization practitioners and researchers

This information was originally published on the KTECOP website and is reposted here with permission.

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Monica Batac and Dr. Charles Davis conducted a talk about their recent research study about knowledge mobilization work to the Toronto chapter of KTECOP.

Download the presentation slides:

Finding common approaches in a diverse practice domain: A Q-study of knowledge mobilization practitioners and researchers

Watch the webinar recording

Description of the Research Study

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), or the application and use of research, is practiced in many fields, but there is little consensus on what KMb work actually entails. This presentation shares the findings from a recent Q-methodology study. Data were collected in two phases. First, interviews were conducted with 20 KMb experts from Canada and the UK. Second, 91 respondents completed the online q-sort and an activity-rating task, and answered open-ended questions about their work, background training, and perspectives on KMb practice. We identified four distinct approaches to KMb. This research improves our understanding of KMb practices from the perspectives of researchers, intermediaries, and practitioners across various domains.

About the Presenters

Monica BatacMonica Anne Batac is a PhD student at McGill University’s School of Social Work. During her time at Ryerson University, she was the first Research Intern for the Centre for Communicating Research, which sparked her involvement and research in knowledge mobilization. Her current and emerging research examines service delivery within immigrant-serving agencies. Committed to community-engaged research, Monica is involved in various Toronto-based initiatives that enhance supports for newcomer youth, immigrant families, and front-line workers in the settlement service sector.

Dr. Charles DavisDr. Charles Davis is the Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research and Creative Activities (SRC) for the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. He is a Professor in the RTA School of Media and holds the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship. Previous to joining Ryerson, Charles held senior management and research positions with the Conseil de la science et de la technologie du Québec, the Science Council of Canada and the International Development Research Centre. He was also the holder of the NSERC/­SSHRC­-NB Power-Xerox Research Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John).

Mobilizing Knowledge: Memorial Recognized for Inter-Institutional Collaboration

This week’s post first appeared in the MUN Gazette on July 13, 2017 and is reposted here with permission.

By Zaren Healey White

Memorial University has been recognized by a national body of research administrators.

Memorial is part of a network of of 12 Canadian universities awarded with the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

Memorial’s Harris Centre is a member of Research Impact Canada, a knowledge mobilization network that aims to maximize the impact of academic research for the benefit of Canadians, support collaboration for research and learning, and connect research outside of academia.

From left are Bojan Fürst, manager, knowledge mobilization, and Amy Jones, mobilization co-ordinator, Harris Centre. Photo: Zaren Healey White

From left are Bojan Fürst, manager, knowledge mobilization, and Amy Jones, mobilization co-ordinator, Harris Centre.
Photo: Zaren Healey White

In 2006, Memorial was a founding partner in the network, formerly called ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.
Tackling challenges

Dr. Rob Greenwood, executive director, Public Engagement, and the Harris Centre, says that Memorial is a national leader in knowledge mobilization.

“The work of the Harris Centre shows how teaching, research, and public engagement can be integrated,” he said. “Knowledge mobilization is a way to connect the needs of the province with the resources of Memorial and foster connections between the university and this province to tackle major challenges.”
Tools and projects

In addition to regional workshops, public policy forums, research funds, and other core programming, the Harris Centre has created or partnered on several tools and projects to enhance and develop knowledge mobilization capacity at Memorial and in Newfoundland and Labrador.

These include Yaffle, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vital Signs report, and the Rural Routes podcast. The Harris Centre works with funded researchers to help them create a knowledge mobilization plan for their work and regularly meets with other institutions to share the Harris Centre’s model.

N.L.’s Vital Signs report translates statistical data into clear, accessible graphics. Photo: Zaren Healey White

N.L.’s Vital Signs report translates statistical data into clear, accessible graphics.
Photo: Zaren Healey White

“Yaffle, for example, is one of the key tools through which Memorial creates partnerships and mobilizes talent and expertise,” said Dr. Greenwood.
Relevant and accessible

Bojan Fürst, the Harris Centre’s manager of knowledge mobilization, represents Memorial in the Research Impact network along with Amy Jones, knowledge mobilization co-ordinator. He says knowledge mobilization is all about making research “useful.”

“In partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, I started the Rural Routes podcast last year,” said Mr. Fürst. “It all started after attending a conference and hearing about all kinds of great research — I wanted other people to hear about it, too. A podcast is a great way to make research relevant and accessible to a wide audience.”

Rural Routes now has 16 episodes and well over 3,000 downloads.

Dr. David Phipps, executive director, Research and Innovation Services at York University, accepted the award at the CARA national meeting in Winnipeg on May 8.

Learn more about Research Impact Canada here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Harris Centre’s regional workshops, research funds, or opportunities to collaborate on projects with Memorial, please contact Bojan Fürst or Amy Jones.

Zaren Healey White is a communications advisor with the Harris Centre. She can be reached at

Save the Date: 8th Living Knowledge Conference 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, 30 May – 1 June

Logo_LK8-ConferenceThe 2018 edition of the LK Conference will be hosted by the Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, from 30 May to 1 June.

The chosen theme is “Enriching Science and Community Engagement”

The LK8 Conference is aimed at academics, practitioners, activists, social innovators, research funders, science educators and communicators, citizen scientists, policy makers, non-governmental organisations, artists, interested community groups and citizens.

The last conference hosted more than 250 participants from 25 countries.

Among others the following questions are going to be discussed at the conference:

• How to build on and enrich the public engagement in research practices (through RRI, Open Science, Open Innovation, Science Shops, citizen science, participatory governance, community-based research, inclusion of community members in advisory boards, etc.)?

• What are the most valued aspects of community-based engaged scholarship?

• How to assess impacts in science-community partnerships?

• How to nurture the debate about the place and role of “society in science” / “science in society,” and how to encourage the systematic and ethical involvement of civil society actors and their societal concerns in research and innovation processes?

• Science event organisers, educators, community organisers carry a lot of the weight in achieving successful ‘engagement’ – yet, many of their efforts, practices, and challenges go unnoticed, unacknowledged, or taken for granted (organisationally and monetarily). Sometimes leading to burnout, this lack of recognition kills creativity and the very drive of and purpose of engagement: what really matters gets swallowed by bureaucratic procedures, unfulfilled expectations, and lack of time/spaces for replenishment. What new arrangements exist or can be created/practiced to address this at the personal, organisational, and funding levels?

• How / do we fulfill our promises of community engagement? What are the critiques and expectations from institutions aiming at community engagement? How are these engaged with / addressed?

The conference website with further information will be online soon:

Contact: Réka Matulay

Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization, Course 2: Sept.18 to Nov.12

Registration for Course 2 of the Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization is now open! “Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence”, will be offered online from September 18 to November 12, 2017.

Register by July 28, 2017 and take advantage of early bird savings!

The course

The creation of productive contexts for knowledge mobilization (KMb) requires acting on the factors enhancing or limiting individual, organizational and societal capacity for using and sharing evidence. The course focuses on the processes and products that support target audiences in engaging with new evidence, and build capacity to identify, make sense of, and apply relevant evidence.

“Engage” is the second of three online courses offered in the University of Guelph Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization. Courses are targeted towards professionals in the social sciences, human services and health sectors. They can be completed in any order, with one course offered each semester.

Instructor: Travis Sztainert, Ph.D., Knowledge Broker and Content Specialist for the Gambling Research Exchange Ontario

For more information, visit us at or get in touch with Caroline Duvieusart-Déry

The Knowledge Mobilization Certificate program is excellent and has provided me with better tools to assist researchers in communicating their knowledge to a broader community of interest. The course is well designed, highly practical and the instructors are knowledgeable and responsive to student needs. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in ensuring that research is shared beyond the academy.
-Participant, Course 1 of the Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization

Arts-Based Approaches to KT in Health Policy Development Webinar with Susan Cox – July 7, 2017

For full details on this webinar and to register, please visit

KT Connects: Knowledge Translation Webinar Series

The Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research and Arthritis Research Canada have partnered to co-develop and host a series of monthly expert-led, beginner-level KT training webinars with the goal of developing a sustainable resource for researchers and trainees to learn knowledge and skills that will enable them to develop KT practice in their work.

Title: Arts-based approaches to KT in health policy development

Speaker: Susan M. Cox, Ph.D Associate Professor
Acting Director, The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
School of Population and Public Health
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the range of literary, performative and visual methods used in arts-based approaches to KT. Specific challenges and opportunities related to using these innovative KT approaches in the field of health policy development will be considered through closer examination of a series of examples drawn from my own as well as colleagues’ work. The webinar will conclude with reflections on ethical and methodological issues arising and tips on where to turn for resources and support.

Learning objectives:

1. Explore the range of arts-based approaches to KT

2. Identify challenges and opportunities related to using arts-based approaches in health policy development

3. Consider examples of KT projects utilizing live theatre, found poetry and visual methods to inform health policy development.

4. Reflect on ethical and methodological issues arising from examples

Webinar poster

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UK KMb Forum 2018 – Save the Date!

This week’s guest post was first published on the UKKMbF website on February 28, 2017 and it reposted here with permission

UKKMb Forum logoWe are delighted to announce that the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum will be returning on 7th-8th March, 2018 in Bristol.

The UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum is an annual event for all those with a passion for ensuring that knowledge makes a positive difference to society. The Forum brings together practitioners, researchers, students, administrators and public representatives who are engaged in the art and science of sharing knowledge and ensuring that it can be used. The Forum is designed as a space for learning and reflection, providing an opportunity for sharing knowledge, experiences and methods and access to some of the most up to date thinking and practice in the field. Expect conversations, creativity and collaborative learning…and if you’re wondering what we mean by ‘knowledge’ – we are as interested in practical know-how, skills and experience as in research findings or evaluation data.

We will be announcing details of bookings and call for content later in the year, so for now please just hold the date in your diary.

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