Valorisons nos recherches! / Valuing our research!

L’Université de Montréal a récemment dévoilé les résultats de son concours interne de subvention en valorisation. Un total de 62 000$ a été alloué pour la réalisation de cinq projets de recherche. Ce billet a été publié une première fois le 3 juin 2013 et une permission a été obtenue pour le diffuser de nouveau ici. 

University of Montreal recently released the results of their internal Knowledge Valorization Grants competition, which awarded a total of $62,000 to five research projects. The following post was originally published on June 3, 2013 and is reposted here with permission.

Le Bureau Recherche-Développement-Valorisation a récemment lancé un concours interne de subventions pour la valorisation des résultats de recherche. Il s’agit d’un programme pilote sur quatre ans dont l’objectif principal est de permettre la transformation des résultats de travaux en sciences humaines et sociales en matériel novateur pour les divers utilisateurs des milieux de pratique.

À la suite d’une évaluation par un comité interne, cinq demandes ont reçu un financement qui totalise 62 000 $.

Ces chercheurs sont:

Valérie Amiraux (sociologie) pour la publication d’un roman graphique qui s’adresse aux 8 à 15 ans, Salomé ou les hommes en noir, portant sur les questions de pluralisme;

Jean Archambault et Roseline Garon (administration et fondements de l’éducation) pour la production d’une brochure à l’intention des directions d’écoles montréalaises défavorisées afin de promouvoir un esprit de justice sociale;

Sylvie Normandeau (psychoéducation) pour la valorisation d’un programme d’intervention destiné aux enfants en difficulté;

Marie-Andrée Poirier (service social) pour la conception d’une trousse de valorisation des meilleures pratiques lors de visites supervisées entre des parents et leurs enfants placés en contexte de protection de la jeunesse;

Éric Méchoulan (littératures de langue française) pour la mise en ligne d’un fonds d’archives de théâtre yidiche comme exemple de travail sur la mémoire à l’époque du numérique.

Félicitations aux chercheurs et rendez-vous en 2014 pour les prochaines mises en candidature.

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The International School of Research Impact Assessment, Barcelona, September 15-19 / The International School of Research Impact Assessment, Barcelone, du 15 au 19 septembre

The International School of Research Impact Assessment will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on September 15-19, 2013. Kathryn Graham, a co-organizer of the five day school, shares some information about this exciting event in this guest post.

La première rencontre de « l’École internationale d’évaluation de l’impact de la recherche » a eu lieu à Barcelone, en Espagne, du 15 au 19 septembre 2013. Notre blogueuse invitée, Kathryn Graham, coorganisatrice de l’événement, nous renseigne ici sur cet atelier de cinq jours qui s’est avéré très stimulant.

There’s an increasing demand from governments and funding agencies to not only demonstrate the impact of their research investments but to optimize or get the most value out of those investments, particularly when taxpayer dollars are involved. This demand, in turn, requires skilled people to assess the impact or returns on investment.

Picture of a cartoon man scratching his head with a question mark appearing above his headOften, beleaguered research and program managers are the ones tasked to assess these impacts. But it’s a case of the demand for impact assessment outstripping the capacity for delivery. And there’s no formal school for this kind of training in the traditional academic setting.

This need was the inspiration for the creation of the first International School of Research Impact Assessment. The School will build capacity by teaching and equipping program, research and evaluation managers to deliver on the demand. It will provide the best advice, evidence and tools to assess the returns of investment, aka impact. The school is unique because it is international, practical (participants will walk away with a plan), broad in approach, high quality (roster of international experts as speakers and teachers), and a focus on impact. Although the focus will be on biomedicine, the knowledge gained will be applicable to other disciplines. Participants will come in with the needs of their own programs, which will span research activity across fields and sectors, and emerge with plans tailored to help their own organizations.

So who are we hoping will attend? All those who work in knowledge translation and program management in research and development for government, research funding organizations, academia, not-for-profits, industry or health industry.

Logo for The International School on Research Impact AssessmentAnd what can participants hope to gain? The goal of the curriculum is for participants to gain a broad knowledge of the “science of science”; develop and enhance skills for the planning and development of assessment studies, and understand how best to report and implement research impact assessments. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network and exchange best practices with peers from around the world.

We encourage anyone struggling or succeeding in the area of research impact assessment to apply by May 31. And for more information on how the five days will unfold, please see the Preliminary Programme.

See you in Spain!

Kathryn Graham, PhD,  Co-organizer

Jonathan Grant, PhD,  Scientific Director

Paula Adams, PhD,  Coordinating Director

Welcome New ResearchImpact Universities / Le Réseau Impact Recherche accueille ses nouveaux membres

“On behalf of my colleagues, it is my pleasure to welcome four new universities to ResearchImpact, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network”, says Robert Haché, vice president research & innovation at York University.

The Université de Montreal, Carleton University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University now join the existing six ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) university members following a national call. Membership involves a commitment to participate in and support the network. New members identified a full time equivalent knowledge broker and a Director who would coordinate knowledge mobilization activities. The VP Research or equivalent at each university endorsed the application for membership.

ResearchImpact was originally funded by SSHRC and CIHR through an Intellectual Property Mobilization grant held by York University and partnered with the University of Victoria. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, University du Quebec a Montreal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan joined ResearchImpact in 2010. Today the 10 member network acts as a community of practice, sharing tools and building capacity for institutional knowledge mobilization services. By supporting research engagement and dissemination, knowledge mobilization helps to maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research and learning.

Here’s what the new RIR members are saying:

University of Montreal logo

“I mobilize, you transfer, we apply research-based knowledge… and the whole society benefits. Knowledge mobilization is a necessary tool if we intend to increase the impact of our research. Both research on knowledge transfer and experience gained in the various fields of excellence of our institution demonstrate the importance of linking knowledge mobilization activities to the reality of each sector and integrating them to research from the onset.  At the University of Montréal, because knowledge mobilization is at the core of our concerns individually as well as collectively, we are happy to join the ResearchImpact network to improve our practices and share our expertise. ”

Dominique Bérubé, Deputy Provost, Research, Operations and Consultation, University of Montréal

Kwantlen Polytechnic University logo

“Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is excited to be joining such a distinguished pan-Canadian group of universities committed to community knowledge mobilization. KPU has deep roots in the communities we serve. Authentic community engagement, through the development of applied community research and by offering service learning to all students, is a cornerstone of our new Strategic Plan. We look forward to a long term and mutually beneficial partnership with other RIR member universities.”

Gordon Lee, Provost and VP Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Carleton University logo

“Community engagement is a part of Carleton’s DNA, whether it is based in our history of being built by the community for the community or our flagship research centres such as the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Now, more than ever, Canadian communities seek to maximize and mobilize results of locally driven, cross-sector solutions to the complex problems. RIR facilitates access to a leading-edge community of practice that will provide tools and resources to help Carleton take its commitment to working with communities to the next level.”

Carleton University

Wilfrid Laurier University logo

“Knowledge mobilization is a critical element in the research process. Knowledge mobilization forges critical connections between research and society I am excited by the opportunity to enhance the connection between the university and the community through participation in the ResearchImpact network. We have successfully encouraged faculty for many years to maximize the impact of their research through appropriate community involvement and look forward to working with ResearchImpact to increase this impact.”

Abby Goodrum, VP Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

Welcome on board! RIR is delighted to have 10 university members from across Canada.

For more information please see www.researchimpact.ca or contact info@researchimpact.ca

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« Au nom de tous mes collègues, c’est avec grand plaisir que j’accueille quatre nouvelles universités dans le Réseau Impact Recherche, le réseau canadien de mobilisation des connaissances », a déclaré Robert Haché, vice-recteur à la recherche et à l’innovation de l’Université York.

À la suite d’une invitation lancée à l’échelle nationale, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université Carleton, l’Université Wilfrid-Laurier et l’Université polytechnique de Kwantlen se joignent aujourd’hui aux six universités déjà membres de ResearchImpact–RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR). Pour être admis dans le réseau, les adhérents se sont engagés à participer activement à ses activités et à les soutenir. Ils ont désigné un courtier ou une courtière de connaissances qui se consacre à temps plein à cette tâche, ainsi qu’une directrice ou un directeur qui coordonne les activités de mobilisation des connaissances (MdC). La candidature de chaque université avait reçu l’appui du vice-rectorat à la recherche (ou de l’unité équivalente).

À l’origine, le Réseau Impact Recherche a été financé par le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSHC) et les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC), grâce à une subvention à la mobilisation de la propriété intellectuelle accordée à l’Université York, en partenariat avec l’Université de Victoria. En 2010, l’Université  Memorial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’Université de Guelph et l’Université de la Saskatchewan se joignaient au Réseau Impact Recherche. Aujourd’hui, nos 10 membres forment une communauté d’échange de pratiques au sein de laquelle ils diffusent leurs outils et leurs ressources, ce qui leur permet de renforcer la capacité des services de MdC de leur établissement respectif. En optimisant l’engagement envers la recherche et sa diffusion, la MdC aide à maximiser l’impact économique, social et environnemental de la recherche et des études universitaires.

Voici ce que les nouveaux membres du RIR ont à dire au sujet de leur adhésion :

Université de Montréal logo

Dominique Bérubé, Vice-rectrice adjointe à la recherche, opération et concertation, Université du Montréal

Université polytechnique Kwantlen logo

« L’Université polytechnique Kwantlen (KPU) est très enthousiaste à l’idée de se joindre au prestigieux groupe d’universités canadiennes qui se sont engagées envers la mobilisation communautaire des connaissances. KPU est solidement enracinée dans les communautés qu’elle dessert. L’engagement communautaire authentique, au moyen du développement de la recherche communautaire appliquée et de l’apprentissage par le travail bénévole, est la pierre d’assise de notre nouveau Plan stratégique. Nous sommes enchantés d’amorcer avec les autres universités membres du RIR un partenariat que nous souhaitons long et mutuellement bénéfique. »

Gordon Lee, Vice-recteur et vice-président aux affaires universitaires, Université  polytechnique de Kwantlen

Université Carleton logo

« L’engagement communautaire est inscrit dans les gènes de Carleton! On le voit dans le passé de notre établissement, bâti par la communauté et pour la communauté, mais aussi dans nos centres de recherche de tout premier plan, comme le Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Aujourd’hui plus que jamais, au Canada, les communautés cherchent à maximiser et à mobiliser les résultats des solutions intersectorielles locales à des problèmes complexes. Le RIR nous ouvre les portes d’un réseau d’échange de pratiques d’avant-garde, grâce auquel nous aurons accès à des outils et des ressources qui permettront à Carleton d’aller plus loin encore dans son engagement à travailler avec les communautés. »

Université Carleton

Université Wilfrid-Laurier logo

« La mobilisation des connaissances est un élément essentiel du processus de recherche. Elle forge des liens vitaux entre la recherche et la société, et je suis très enthousiaste devant cette occasion qui s’offre à nous de renforcer la relation de notre université avec la communauté grâce à notre participation au Réseau Impact Recherche. Depuis de nombreuses années, nous encourageons nos professeurs à maximiser l’impact de leurs recherches en favorisant de leur part un engagement communautaire adéquat. En collaborant avec Réseau Impact Recherche, nous augmenterons encore cet impact, et nous avons très hâte de travailler en ce sens. »

Abby Goodrum, Vice-rectrice à la recherche, Université Wilfrid-Laurier

Bienvenue parmi nous! Le RIR se réjouit de pouvoir compter désormais sur dix universités membres, réparties dans tout le Canada.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le www.researchimpact.ca ou contactez-nous à info@researchimpact.ca.

David Phipps and York U’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit Named Canada’s Biggest Influencers

The following was originally posted in YFile, York Univesity’s Daily News, on February 6, 2013 and is reposted here with permission.

David Phipps

David Phipps

David Phipps, executive director, Research & Innovation Services, which includes York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit (KMb), has been named the most influential knowledge broker in Canada, according to a report by Knowledge Mobilization Works, a consulting and training company based in Ottawa. It is a repeat honour for Phipps, because in 2011, he was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer by Knowledge Mobilization Works.

When the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization 100, a survey run by Knowledge Mobilization Works, asked respondents to rank the biggest influences of their knowledge mobilization practice, Phipps topped the list.

Also mentioned among the top influencers in Canada were Michele Dupuis of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Wilfred Laurier University knowledge mobilizer Shawna Reibling.  The survey collected responses from Oct. 15 to Dec. 16, 2012.

“Engaging the community through knowledge mobilization initiatives is an important facet of University research,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation. “We are proud of York’s national and international reputation as a leader in knowledge mobilization and it continues to grow and thrive. This recognition for David and the Knowledge Mobilization team at York is well-deserved.”

York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Blog, Mobilize This! was named the most read KMb resource and the most consulted blog. Michael Johnny, manager of York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit also received a mention in the second most influential knowledge mobilizer category.

Michael Johnny

Michael Johnny

In collaboration with the University of Victoria, York University piloted institutional knowledge mobilization in 2005 under a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and SSHRC. York University now leads ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network that also includes Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan. ResearchImpact as a network received a mention in the second most influential knowledge mobilizer category.

York University works closely with United Way York Region to deliver knowledge mobilization services to the York Region community, municipal and regional agencies.

Knowledge mobilization is a suite of services that connect university research and expertise to government and community agencies to help these organizations make better informed decisions about public policy and social services. Knowledge mobilization is a process that enables social innovation.

Peter Levesque, president and CEO of Knowledge Mobilization Works, undertook the survey to obtain a snapshot of individuals who people see as influential in their knowledge mobilization practice in Canada.

Founded in January 2007, Knowledge Mobilization Works supports individuals and organizations to create incentives and infrastructure for knowledge mobilization.

To view the results of the survey, click here.

2013 York KMb Learning Events / Les activités d’apprentissage offertes par York MdC en 2013

York KMb is offering sessions for researchers, staff and graduate students to help make their research relevant to professional practice and policy development.

York MdC offre des séances de formation à l’attention des professeurs, du personnel et des étudiants gradués afin de les aider à accroître la pertinence de leurs recherches sur le plan de la pratique professionnelle et du développement de politiques.

For Winter 2013, the KMb Unit at York will be offering the following learning sessions:

LearnSocial Media 101 – This lunch hour session will provide an overview of social media tools and their relevance to collaborative research projects.  January 16th 12:00-1:00 York Lanes 280A; March 4th 12:00-1:00 York Lanes 280A

Social Media 201 – This session will provide more detailed information on the strategies and tools for social media tools and their relevance to collaborative research projects, such as analytics and partnering strategies.   March 13th 1:30-4:00 York Lanes 280A

Social Media Strategy Building – Want to start using social media tools but don’t want to fall victim to “shiny object syndrome”? This hands on session will focus on getting a plan together and planning steps to implement it.  February 20th 9:30-12:00 York Lanes 280A; April 18th 9:30-12:00 York Lanes 280A

Twitter – A 2.5 hour hands-on session where Twitter is introduced within a research context. Participants can set up an account and learn about practical applications for their research. February 12th 1:30-4:00 York Research Tower 519

O3 – O3 is an online collaborative tool for available free to researchers, which can facilitate effective and efficient collaboration (without flooding your email inbox!)  April 25th 9:30-12:00 York Lanes 280A

WordPress – Blogging is emerging as a popular medium to share information and express ideas. Researchers are finding interesting uses for blogs to complement their scholarship. Join us and learn what blogging can do to enhance your KMb efforts. January 28th 9:30-12:00 York Lanes 280A; March 26th 1:30-4:00 York Lanes 280A

Effective Community Engagement – What are successful practices in engaging community around research?  What needs to be considered to effectively engage, build relationships and strong partnerships outside of the university?  This 2.5 hour workshop will introduce values, examples of good practices and allow for dialogue to enhance your engagement efforts. April 2nd 1:30-4:00 York Lanes 280A

Good Practices in KMb – Learn from examples at York U and across Canada.  What practices seem to work effectively?  How can we determine effectiveness?  How can I connect need to practice?  This 2.5 hour workshop will engage participants in the context of their own research projects. April 24th 9:30-12:00 York Lanes 280A

KMb and Communications – What are the intersections and where do these two diverge?  This 2.5 hour session will introduce you to knowledge mobilization; explore the relationships between the two and share examples on how they can complement one another and how they are unique.  February 7th 9:30-12:00 York Research Tower 519

KMb Strategy Building – Granting councils are asking more and more for research teams to identify their KMb strategy. In this hands on session, learn about strategic elements, create a draft strategy for your project, and tips on how to present your strategy. April 30th 1:30-4:00 York Lanes 280A

Clear Language Writing and Design – Sessions designed to introduce the principles and practical tips on writing for the reader, including diverse audiences.  May 13th 1:00-4:00 York Lanes 280A

 

To register for any of the sessions, please visit http://bit.ly/KMbYorkLearning or contact Krista Jensen, KMb Officer, at kejensen@yorku.ca or ext 88847

York University’s 2012 Year in Review / Revue de l’année 2012 de l’université york

David Phipps, RIR-York

Not quite an annual report but we have crunched the numbers for York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit’s activities for 2012. As you can see, we were busy at home and on the road.

Sans être exactement un rapport annuel, nous avons compilé les chiffres relatifs aux activités de l’Unité de mobilisation des connaissances de York pour 2012. Comme vous pouvez le constater, nous avons été bien occupés à la maison comme sur la route.

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This table illustrates the traditional metrics of our activities with calendar 2012 compared to total cumulative numbers since we began operating in February 2012. But numbers tell only part of the story. The rest of our activities are highlighted below.

2006-2012

2012

# Faculty Involved

265

 25

# Graduate Students Involved

148

6

# Information sessions for faculty and students

189

21

# Information sessions for community

206

21

# requests for brokering

298

52

# agencies involved in KMb partnerships

226

21

Community Partner funding raised

$1.1M

$95K

York Research Contract funding raised

$1.2M

0

York KMb grant funding raised

$23.8M

$6.2M

# Research Summaries

173

59

Social media: this year we surpassed 100,000 views on our blog, Mobilize This!, 5500 views of our ResearchImpact YouTube channel and 3000 twitter followers.  We’re not Lady Gaga or Oprah or Justin Beiber but we’re rocking the social world of knowledge mobilization!

Capacity building sessions: This year saw a greater variety of capacity building sessions on and off campus offering workshops in social media, knowledge mobilization planning and internships. Some of these are delivered with faculty and community co-presenters.

Funding: In addition to the ongoing support and leadership of the Vice-President Research & innovation, York’s we received a $141,000 SSHRC Public Outreach Grant partnered with the CDN Homelessness Research Network and United Way York Region.

International Reach: This year saw us engaging with agencies from around the world. We hosted visiting scholars from the University of Sheffield, Scottish Agricultural College and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (Australia). We also collaborated with academics, thinks tanks and government agencies from Sweden, UK, Australia, US, Ghana, Vanuatu, Argentina, and the Development Research Uptake for Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) network, a network of 24 African universities seeking to build capacity to make development research accessible for the benefit of their local communities – knowledge mobilization by a different name! This international reach helps to position York University, the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche network and Canada as global leaders in knowledge mobilization.

Honours and Awards: This year we were privileged to be awarded a global best practice award by the EU-based Knowledge Economy Network. David Phipps was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his national leadership in knowledge mobilization and was again named as Canada’s most influential knowledge mobilizer in the Canadian KMb 100. In addition, the Canadian KMb 100 identified Mobilize This! and the ResearchImpact website as the most frequently read knowledge mobilization blog and website respectively.

Presentations:  York, on behalf of the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche network were busy during conference season. We presented at the following conferences: K* Conference, Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum; Congress 2012; CAURA 2012; Innovation Partnership 2012; OCE Discovery 2012; Partners in Prevention 2012; Occupy Impact. We also made presentations at U Manitoba; Dalhousie; U. Toronto; U Saskatchewan. We also launched the call for new RIR members, applications due January 25.

Publishing: This year we continued our peer reviewed publications but also were published in some highly read international sources including the Guardian Higher Education Network and the London School of Economics Impact of Social Sciences blog. Our peer reviewed publications included an article on ResearchSnapshot clear language research summaries published in Scholarly and Research Communication, a book chapter on social media and knowledge mobilization and a report on knowledge mobilization and social innovation.

Impact: We helped support the launch of a new choreography, Buggzzz, in which the moves and costumes of York Faculty of Fine Arts professors were informed by the research of entomologists from York’s Biology Department. The Biology professors were present at the premier and co-facilitated a round table discussion with the Fine Arts professors.

And this year we uncovered an amazing impact story of the collaboration between knowledge mobilization intern, Naomi Nichols, and the Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) Peterborough. Their collaboration produced a novel life skills mentoring program and turned YES into a social enterprise generating revenue from operations and securing new funding streams. It also helped Naomi to win the PhD thesis prize from the Faculty of Education as well as result in numerous publications and a book in progress. Look for more on this amazing story in 2013.

2012 has been another great year for knowledge mobilization at York and in Canada. And since the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012 it looks like we’ll have the chance to do even better in 2013!

Another KM-bee Leaves the Bee Hive / Une autre abeille de la mobilisation quite la ruche

David Phipps, RIR-York

Gary Myers, a former volunteer in York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit, has joined another York KMb Alumnus working in knowledge mobilization at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Their contributions to the field continue even beyond their work at York University.

Gary Myers, qui a été bénévole à l’Unité de mobilisation des connaissances de York, a rejoint un autre ancien élève de l’Unité de MdC de York au sein du Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale (CAMH). Leurs contributions au champ s’étendent bien au-delà de leur travail à l’Université York.

Jason Guriel

Jason Guriel

It gives us great pleasure here at York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit to have another one of our alumni fly the knowledge mobilization nest (or KM “bee”-hive) to land a knowledge mobilization job in the field. First, we saw Jason Guriel, one of our summer grad students – and poet extraordinaire – find his way to working at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health as Communications Associate at EENet – the Evidence Exchange Network at CAMH.

Now, another of our York U graduates, and Knowledge Mobilization Unit volunteers, Gary Myers, has been hired by CAMH to work as Knowledge Exchange Events and Resources Planner as part of the Provincial Systems Support Program (PSSP).

Working in the Knowledge Mobilization Unit, both gained experience in the world of knowledge mobilization, and both helped develop the ResearchSnapshot format of clear language research summaries that has been adopted by several institutions including CAMH. Gary also helped organize our successful Knowledge Mobilization Expos, and worked for several years as a volunteer research assistant in a Health Psychology Lab at York University.

Gary Myers

Gary Myers

Gary is an active member in the Canadian Knowledge Transfer & Exchange Community of Practice, and he is interested in how social media is being used for knowledge exchange. He has been writing a blog for the past few years about Knowledge Mobilization (Knowledge mobilization) at KMbeing.com.

Along with being co-author of a paper about clear language research summaries and a book chapter on the role of social media in knowledge mobilization, Gary was also a co-presenter at a UK knowledge broker conference “Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy and Practice: The Importance of Intermediaries [knowledge brokers] in Producing Research Impact” in November 2011.

In addition to his knowledge mobilization experience, Gary worked in the hospitality industry as both a flight attendant and guest service agent dealing with a variety of high profile and diverse individuals from around the world.

Thank you Gary for your contributions to knowledge mobilization at York and good luck mobilizing knowledge (or at least transferring and exchanging it…. they use KTE) at CAMH.

Merry Mobilizing from the KMb Unit at York

Photos of staff from the KMb Unit at York

Merry Mobilizing from the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University!

Back row left to right:

Paula Elias, Research Translation Assistant

Jane Wedlock, Knowledge Mobilization Officer at the United Way York Region

Christina Ransom, Data and Communications Assistant

Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer

Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization

Front row left to right:

Sabah Haque, Research Translation Assistant

David Phipps, Executive Director – Research & Innovation Services

Congratulations to David Phipps!

Today York’s YFile released a story about Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winners at York. We are pleased to let you know that David Phipps (RIR-York) was among the recipients!

David Phipps at the Diamond Jubilee ceremony

The medals, which are awarded to individuals in tribute to their achievements and significant contributions to Canada, are part of a global celebration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. David received his medal in connection to Mitacs, a national research organization offering research and training programs to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada. He received his medal at a special ceremony held late last month in Ottawa, Ontario.

As the executive director of Research & Innovation Services at York University, David manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.  He was recognized with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization. In 2011, he was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada and in 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network.

David leads York’s award-winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies that wish to use research to inform public policy and professional practice. He also leads ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network, which includes Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, York University, University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan and University of Victoria.

The full YFile story can be read here.

ResearchImpact Wants to Grow / Le RéseauImpactRecherche veut grandir

Deadline: January 25, 2013

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact is Canada’s knowledge mobilization network.

In 2010-2011, ResearchImpact expanded to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan. Responding to local opportunities and constraints has resulted in different models of institutional knowledge mobilization services; however, all six universities have invested in an institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization among faculty, students and partner organizations.

Now maturing as an interactive working network and having completed an initial period of definition and goal setting, ResearchImpact would like to solicit interest from the academic community to join us in building knowledge mobilization expertise and sharing best practices.

Please see the attached document, RIR Call for New Members, regarding the call for new university partners.

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Date limite: le 25 janvier 2013

Fondé en 2006 par l’Université York et l’Université de Victoria, RéseauImpactRecherche est un réseau pancanadien de mobilisation des connaissances.

En 2010-2011, RéseauImpactRecherche s’est étendu à l’Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, à l’Université de Guelph et à l’Université de la Saskatchewan. En réagissant aux ouvertures et aux contraintes propres à leurs milieux, les membres ont produit différents modèles de services de mobilisation des connaissances dans leurs établissements; toutefois, les six universités ont en commun d’avoir investi dans leur capacité à favoriser la mobilisation des connaissances pour leurs professeurs, leurs étudiants et leurs divers partenaires.

Après le déroulement d’une phase initiale où il s’est défini et a établi ses objectifs, le RéseauImpactRecherche a atteint la maturité en tant que regroupement fonctionnel et interactif. Il s’agit désormais de susciter dans le milieu universitaire l’intérêt à se joindre au réseau, dans le but de construire une expertise commune en mobilisation des connaissances et de veiller à la diffusion des pratiques exemplaires.

Veuillez trouver le document, Appel à de nouveaux partenaires par le RIR, en annexe.

A Milestone for Mobilize This! / Un nouveau jalon pour Mobilize This!

By David Phipps, RIR-York

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) has been publishing on the knowledge mobilization blog, Mobilize This! since May 30, 2008. This week we hit 100,000 views. In this post we look back on some highlights. Thanks to Krista Jensen for compiling the stats.

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) a publié sur Mobilize This!, le blogue dédié à la mobilisation des connaissances, depuis le 30 mai 2008. Cette semaine, nous avons atteint les 100 000 visites. Dans ce billet, nous jetons un regard sur certains faits saillants. Merci à Krista Jensen d’avoir compilé les statistiques.

Our first blog on May 30, 2008 only had 161 words. I guess we didn’t have much to say then! And it was English only. We hadn’t started posting bilingual titles and summaries until UQAM joined the RIR network. Our first French post wasn’t until January 26, 2011.

Our busiest day was February 23, 2012 with 281 views. On average we get between 80-100 views every weekday, fewer on the weekends.

Amazingly, people from 143 countries have visited the blog.  143 countries! This blog has a truly international audience.

The top ten countries since February 25, 2012 are:

  1. Canada 11,722 views
  2. USA 2,349 views
  3. UK 1,287 views
  4. India 544 views
  5. Australia 356 views
  6. Philippines 271 views
  7. Spain 143 views
  8. France 139 views
  9. Indonesia 139 views
  10. Netherlands 131 views

People find us through different ways:

  1. Search Engines (Google Image Search is the top one, followed by Google Search) 14,932 views
  2. researchimpact.ca 4,923 views
  3. twitter 2,102 views
  4. facebook 339 views
  5. yorku.ca 253 views
  6. Our monthly email newsletter  250 views
  7. Google reader  248 views
  8. mail.live.com (people who have subscribed to get new post alerts in their email inbox) 225 views
  9. Guardian.co.uk (from Guardian Higher Education Network blog) 158 views
  10. wordpress.com 152 views

We get lots of ping backs and some comments. We have had 373 total comments, with an average of 5 comments per month. Our most commented on blog with 18 comments is Knowledge Dissemination: blogging vs peer review from January 11, 2011.

Top 5 posts of all time:

  1. Knowledge Dissemination: blogging vs peer review  1,005 views
  2. Mama always told me, “share your toys” / Ma mère m’a toujours dit : « partage des jouets! »  860 views
  3. ACCELERATE Ontario – Ontario’s Graduate Research Internship Program 859 views
  4. Postcards from Congress – Day 7: Thanks to WLU and UW 804 views
  5. Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change – Internship Programme Competition 792 views

We have loaded 306 tags and created 20 categories.

And in the world of “huh?” the top five terms people search for in a search engine that led them to the blog are:

  1. Neil Armstrong
  2. Elmer Fudd
  3. twitter logo
  4. busy
  5. Dalton McGuinty

Elmer Fudd??? We mentioned him once on September 28, 2009. And he drives traffic to our blog? Imagine the traffic we would get if we mentioned Justin Beiber. Or Lady Gaga. Or Prince William. Oh wait… we just did!

Thanks to everyone who reads, comments and writes for Mobilize This! Merci à tous et  a toutes.

Une journée collaborative sur la mobilisation des connaissances en novembre à l’UQAM / A Collaborative Knowledge Mobilization Event at UQAM

Jérôme Elissalde et Luc Dancause, RIR-UQAM

Le Service de la recherche et de la création, avec l’appui du bureau du vice-recteur à la Recherche et à la création, a invité tous les acteurs de l’UQAM intéressés par la mobilisation des connaissances – professeurs, étudiants, coordonnateurs, personnel de soutien – ainsi que leurs partenaires, à une journée de travail collaborative, le 23 novembre prochain.*

The Research Office, supported by the VP of Research, is inviting people at UQAM who are interested in KMb, faculty members, students, coordinators, support staff, as well as their partners, to a collaborative event that will take place on November  23rd.

De nombreuses pratiques relatives à la circulation des connaissances entre l’université et d’autres milieux coexistent à l’UQAM. «Ces pratiques sont souvent méconnues, parfois même à l’intérieur des murs de l’institution, parce qu’elles ne franchissent que très peu les barrières disciplinaires. Pourtant, elles répondent parfois à des préoccupations ou à des besoins très similaires que l’on peut trouver ailleurs», note Dominique Robitaille, directrice du Service de la recherche et de la création. «Cette journée se situe dans la continuité des rapports sur la mobilisation des connaissances produits par l’UQAM et de l’annonce d’une politique institutionnelle sur cet enjeu» ajoute Yves Mauffette, vice-recteur à la Recherche et à la création.

C’est en misant sur des techniques d’animation alternatives, mais éprouvées, telles que le World Café et le forum ouvert que les organisateurs de cet événement espèrent créer une dynamique permettant de faire émerger une vue d’ensemble de ce que représente la mobilisation des connaissances à l’UQAM. On veut aussi esquisser des avenues pour mieux la soutenir institutionnellement. «Cette journée offrira l’occasion aux personnes intéressées de se rencontrer sans égard à leur appartenance disciplinaire ou à leur occupation, poursuit Dominique Robitaille. L’idée est de favoriser un échange sur les processus de circulation des connaissances plutôt que sur des domaines de recherche précis.».

Le design et le déroulement de cet événement font l’objet d’une recherche-action menée par Isabelle Mahy, professeure au Département de communication sociale et publique, spécialiste des pratiques novatrices d’accompagnement du changement dans des contextes organisationnels.

«Nous invitons les gens à formuler avec nous les thèmes qui seront discutés et ainsi participer à la création de l’ordre du jour», ajoute  Dominique Robitaille. Quelques exemples d’enjeux qui pourraient faire l’objet de discussions : la planification de la mobilisation des connaissances, la gouvernance des projets, la communication, l’évaluation des stratégies et le financement.

Le Service des partenariats et du soutien à l’innovation de l’UQAM est également partenaire de cet événement qui s’annonce très stimulant.

*Ce billet est une version adaptée d’un article publié dans le Journal de l’UQAM le 31 octobre 2012 et dont l’auteur est  Pierre-Étienne Caza.

Knowledge Mobilization Documents Best Practices for Clear Language Research Summaries

The following was originally posted in YFile, York University’s Daily News, on October 23, 2012 and is reposted here with permission.

When it comes to conveying the important research to the broader community, clear language summaries are the best choice, this according to a new article published in the peer-reviewed journal, Scholarly & Research Communications.

Led by David Phipps, executive director of research & innovation services, and colleagues from York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit (KMb), the group put pen to paper to highlight their experiences in summarizing academic research according to clear language writing and design principles over the past four years and how that practice has made research more accessible to the community.

The article titled, “A Field Note Describing the Development and Dissemination of Clear Language Research Summaries for University-Based Knowledge Mobilization”, highlights best practices for the development, evaluation and dissemination of clear language research summaries as tools for research outreach, research communication and knowledge mobilization.  It is co-authored by Michael Johnny, manager, York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit, Krista Jensen, knowledge mobilization officer at York University and Gary Myers, a community based researcher and author of the KMbeing.com blog.

“Working with our partners and faculty to identify relevant research helps make York’s research accessible and useful to our community partners” says Phipps.

York University piloted institutional knowledge mobilization with the University of Victoria in 2005 under a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Since then, York University has grown its knowledge mobilization collaboration with the University of Victoria to include the other four ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche universities: Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan.

York currently has more than 220 clear language research summaries in a series titled ResearchSnapshot, which is published on Research Impact blog. Working with a cohort of senior undergraduate work study students, the University’s KMb Unit produces between 40 to 50 research summaries every summer.

“York is proud of the work of our award-winning KMb Unit in connecting researchers and students with community partners for social innovation.  As a recognized leader in knowledge mobilization initiatives, York’s work and reputation in this field continues to grow both nationally and internationally,” said Robert Hache, York’s vice-president research & innovation. “The article written by David Phipps and his KMb colleagues provides a framework for others interested in learning more about best practices and York’s initiatives in this area.”

”SRC and its readers are very interested in the communication and use of knowledge as mediated by processes such as knowledge mobilization,” says Rowland Lorimer, SRC editor and director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. “The work of David Phipps and his knowledge mobilization colleagues at York University is of growing interest to scholars and research partners who are interested in communicating and using knowledge to benefit Canadians. SRC is pleased they have chose to publish their work with us.”

York University’s KMb Unit and the University of Guelph Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship have recently partnered in support of a project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to produce clear language summaries of research at the University of Guelph. The KMb Unit is also working on clear language research summaries with the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health Evidence Exchange Network and the Knowledge Network for Applied Education & Research, a knowledge mobilization network funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Education of which York’s Faculty of Education is a partner. With these partnerships in place, York will be hosting over 500 ResearchSnapshot clear language research summaries.

To read the full text of the article, click here. To view the ResearchSnapshot for this article, click here.

Social Media for Knowledge Mobilization / Les médias sociaux au service de la mobilisation des connaissances

David Phipps, RIR – York

Blogs, presentations on Slide Share, videos on you tube, twitter, Delicious bookmarks, Linked In but not facebook. These are our social media tools and now we have published a book chapter reflecting on these tools and their application to knowledge mobilization.

Blogues, présentations sur SlideShare, vidéos sur YouTube, signets Delicious, LinkedIn (mais pas Facebook), voici les outils que nous utilisons sur les médias sociaux. Nous avons publié un chapitre de livre qui présente ces outils ainsi que leurs applications pour la mobilisation des connaissances.

A few weeks ago Krista Jensen, David Phipps (both from RIR-York) and Gary Myers (www.kmbeing.com) published a book chapter titled “Applying Social Sciences Research for Public Benefit Using Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media”. This was published by the open access publisher, In Tech, in a book titled “Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Social Sciences and Knowledge Management” that was edited by Asunción López-Varela.

The chapter didn’t attempt to review the literature since this is a large body of work and has been done elsewhere. The chapter started out with these elsewheres by presenting three perspectives on knowledge mobilization: 1) Knowledge To Action cycle (Ian Graham and colleagues in Ottawa); 2) Collaborative Entanglement (Bennet & Bennet) and 3) Research Use by Sandra Nutley and colleague from the Research Unit for Research Utilization, University of Edinburgh. We challenged each of these three perspectives but chose them because they each built on the other conceptually drawing the reader into deeper and more contextualized understandings of the subject but concluded that there were three take away messages from these literature reviews:

  • KMb is a social process
  • Efforts to enhance KMb need to be interactive and focus on the relationships between researchers and decision makers
  • KMb happens at the level of the individual and is only beginning to emerge at the organization and the system/sectoral level

Word cloud of key words in profiles: Followers of RIR

These three messages were then illustrated by citing the practices of Institute for Work and Health and PREVNet, both of whom promote the use and uptake of research into policy and practice. In addition to these two Canadian networks these principles were illustrated by three international examples of university based knowledge mobilization activities: Community University Partnership Program of the University of Brighton, Research in Action Project of the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas and the Centre for Families and Relationships at the University of Brighton.

The chapter then presents in detail the knowledge mobilization services of York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit. Drawing on our “recipe book” published in Scholarly & Research Communications in December 2011 we go further to present some success stories arising from our work: United Way York Region Strength Investments, Parkdale Activity & Recreation Centre Heat Registry, Green Economy Centre of South Simcoe and Evaluation of the Inclusivity Action Plan of the Regional Municipality of York.

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A New Development in the World of ResearchSnapshots / Un nouveau développement dans le monde des faits saillants de recherche

Jason Guriel, Evidence Exchange Network

ResearchImpact’s ResearchSnapshot database makes research on climate change, homelessness, and other important topics accessible to a wide range of audiences. But the latest additions to the library – created by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) – bring an enhanced focus on mental health and addictions research, especially as it relates to Ontario.

Les faits saillants du Réseau Impact Recherche rendent accessibles les recherches sur les changements climatiques, les sans-abris, et d’autres sujets importants à une large audience. Mais les derniers ajouts à la bibliothèque – par Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) – apportent une meilleure représentation des recherches sur la santé mentale et sur les dépendances, notamment en ce qui concerne l’Ontario.

You may not have noticed, but ResearchImpact’s collection of Research Snapshots just got a little bit bigger—a new batch of user-friendly summaries has joined the library!

But why should you care? Isn’t there already a wealth of information to browse? Well, there certainly is; ResearchImpact offers a valuable resource that makes research on climate change, homelessness, and other important topics accessible to a wide range of audiences.

But these latest ResearchSnapshots – created by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) – bring to ResearchImpact’s library an enhanced focus on mental health and addictions research, especially as it relates to Ontario. Indeed, as a knowledge exchange network, one of EENet’s goals is to ensure that evidence informs the mental health and addictions system in the province. These new Snapshots are a key part of that effort.

We hope that you take a moment to browse through the mental health and addiction / substance use sections of ResearchImpact’s library. Discover what young bloggers are saying about mental health. Find out how we can improve social inclusion for people with mental health issues. Learn about the impact that neighbourhood ‘connectedness’ can have on teen drug use.

And we hope that you come back for more! ResearchImpact is adding new Snapshots by EENet on a regular basis. In fact, thanks to our partnership with ResearchImpact, EENet was able to hire a talented writer, Maia Miller, who has been helping the network create a whole new batch of Snapshots on mental health and addictions.

The EENet Management and Resource Centre is located in the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. To learn more about EENet – and to discover other products and tools, beyond ResearchSnapshots – visit www.eenet.ca today!

Jason Guriel is a Communications Associate for Evidence Exchange Network.