Knowledge Mobilization Summer School – August 15-17, Carleton University, Ottawa

This post first appeared on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization website and is reposted here with permission. For full details about the KMb Summer School, click here.

Knowledge Mobilization Summer School – 2nd Annual, Carleton University, Ottawa

August 15 @ 8:00 am – August 17 @ 5:00 pm EDT | $452

Please save the dates of August 15-17, 2016 for the 2nd Annual Knowledge Mobilization Summer School at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

What is the KMb Summer School? Three days of learning and skill development in the field of knowledge mobilization.  Hands-on workshops and networking with professionals will provide a unique opportunity for early career  KMb individuals to develop a solid foundation of understanding of the key principles of KMb, collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation.

Who should attend? Early career professionals working in the area of Knowledge Mobilization or Knowledge Translation and Transfer; this includes researchers, knowledge brokers, research facilitators, and graduate students.  Participants will come from a broad cross-section of organizations such as universities, not-for-profit organizations, research institutions, government agencies, National Centres of Excellence, and industry.

Where will the KMb Summer School take place? In 2016, we are pleased to offer this institute at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.  Accommodations are available at nearby hotels, inns, hostels or via AirBnB.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

Cost: $400 + HST = $452.00 – (registration open)

Includes three days of:

  • instruction from leading Knowledge Mobilization practitioners and scholars
  • support materials
  • expert keynote speaker
  • dinner on Tuesday evening
  • breakfast
  • break snacks
  • lunch


Day 1 – 15 August 2016

1) Morning Session: Knowledge Mobilization 101
Peter Norman Levesque, KSJ, President, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge mobilization is an umbrella term that captures multiple practices and has significant history. This session provides a baseline of historical developments that have led to the current state of practice.  We will also unbundle some of the confusion around the 90+ multiple terms used for moving the best of what we collectively know into what we do.  Key readings and resources will be provided to participants.

2) Afternoon Session: Knowledge Mobilization @ Work
Facilitated Invited Panel of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers

Facilitator, Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Wilfrid Laurier University

Evening: Open Socialization with peers

Day 2 – 16 August 2016

3) Morning Session: Process Mapping
Kate Wetherow, Knowledge Management Specialist, Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)

Process mapping can be used for greater collaboration and consensus with staff teams. Rooted in LEAN, a business methodology for process improvement, this session will look at how you can improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of key processes, build capacity and enhance creativity by freeing time to focus on priority work. This includes visual management strategies, tools and techniques.

4) Afternoon Session: Innovation to Implementation
Liz Wigfull, Manager, Knowledge Exchange,  Mental Health Commission of Canada

There is a substantial gap from the time new knowledge is created to when it is put into practice. The field of Knowledge Translation (KT) has emerged as a response to this gap. The Innovation to Implementation (I2I) guide is a how-to resource for driving change using KT activities. The guide illustrates how to move from innovation to implementation in a thoughtful manner to achieve the desired outcomes of a project or initiative.

Evening: Dinner in Byward Market or Ottawa River Cruise

Day 3 – 17 August 2016

5) Morning Session: The art and science of influence: mobilizing compassion and behavioural economics
Harry Stefanakis, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

When mobilizing knowledge, it is important to consider the recipient’s capacity to receive and act on the knowledge. Without understanding some basic human biases in how we think our communication can have unintended consequences. This session focuses on understanding how to cultivate contexts that open space for possibility and change through compassionate based processes and how to respectfully nudge or influence recipients towards life affirming choices.

6) Afternoon Session: Design Thinking and Telling the Data Story
Creativity is to innovation what necessity is to invention. It leads to social change (built on the past/present) and transformation (creation of the future). In order for change to happen though, a story needs to be told…information needs to be mobilized to those who will make the best use of it. In other words, we need to have data and we need to be compelling in how we present it. Using IBM’s design thinking principles to inspire our creativity, we will unleash the power that data has in storytelling.

The hosts at Carleton have provided some suggested accommodations for those that are budget conscious:

Name: Cost per night: Extra info.
HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa


$ 34.00-36.00 (dorm style)$ 40.00-92.00 (single private room) *Includes breakfast, note that bathrooms are shared for each room type.
Ottawa Backpackers Inn203 York Street, Ottawa


$ 26.00-35.00 (dorm style)$ 60.00-100.00 (single room) *On-site kitchen facilities, free coffee and tea, coin laundry
Barefoot Hostel89 Daly Avenue, Ottawa


$ 34.00 and up (dorm style rooms only)*For private rooms see their sister hotel, The Swiss Hotel below. *Microwave access, tea and coffee, outdoor patio
Business Inn180 Maclaren Street, Ottawa


Approx. $ 95.00 *Kitchen suite options available

Putting the Social into R&D / Du social dans la R-D

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (David Phipps, RIR York and Cathy Edwards, RIR Carleton) participated in a two day design workshop to develop the basis for an R&D agenda for Canada’s social sector. Or was it to develop a national agenda for R&D with social impact? Whatever it was we won’t be able to do it alone.

Des membres du RéseauImpactRecherche-ResearchImpact (David Phipps, RIR York et Cathy Edwards, RIR Carleton) ont pris part à un atelier de conception de deux jours qui visait à poser les fondements d’un programme de R-D pour le secteur social au Canada – ou peut-être à mettre au point un programme national de R-D ayant un impact social? En tout cas, peu importe ce que c’était, on n’y arrivera pas tout seuls.

For two days Cathy and I joined a meeting of national Foundations (including Community Foundations Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Vancouver Community Foundation, McConnell Family Foundation, Trico Foundation, Rideau Hall Foundation, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation), social entrepreneurs, Imagine Canada and intermediaries like Tim Draimin and Kelsey SPITZ from Social Innovation Generation who organized the event with Vinod Rajasekaran from Hub Ottawa/Rideau Hall Foundation.

We came together as a follow on to work over the summer that was inspired by a SIG blog titled “Doing Good Better: Upping Canada’s Game with an R&D Engine”. The summer work generated a Declaration of Action that called on social innovators/entrepreneurs and their allies to imagine the impact of joining the heart of community and lived experience with the R&D capacity found in other sectors.

We fortunately didn’t get stuck in definitional dystopia. We resisted the unproductive challenge of agreeing on a definition of “research” or “development” but we did discuss if this this was social R&D or R&D for social impact.  I prefer the latter. Universities already do lots of research on social and environmental issues (although we do some “innovation” but little “development”). We can also develop technology or analyze open data; however it has social (and environmental) impact when we work to reduce disparities, encourage reconciliation, work on climate change and/or improve the health of our local and global communities rather than making money as the primary objective. Money isn’t bad as a byproduct of R&D with a social impact but it means we pay attention to the triple bottom line: people, planet and profits.

We were all asked to make a commitment to one of five working streams arising from the design workshop. I signed up for the conversation about working across sectors in a polycentric fashion. No one sector will be able to achieve social impact from R&D working alone. We need governments and we especially need corporations at the table to achieve lasting impact at scale. Cathy Edwards volunteered to continue the conversations with Hub Ottawa to build up connections and conversations in the region.

Universities, represented by RIR, are at the table. Our role is to represent the role that academic research institutions can contribute to this planning stage and, eventually, to broker to specific research expertise. We will first broker to academic expertise on the social/community/charity/voluntary/NGO (chose your descriptor) sector to ensure the right governance, finance and tax instruments are available to maximize the ability for the social sector and people with lived experience to participate as equals in these R&D efforts. Live long and prosperSubsequently, as domain and subject priorities are identified, RIR will be able to broker research collaborations with faculty and students from across Canada.

If you believe in this work you can contribute by adding your name to the Declaration of Action by emailing

For me, the entire event can be summed up in the words of Anil Patel (TimeRaiser) who commended us to “share strong and prosper”.

C2U Expo 2015 Registration Now Open!

C2UExpo 2015 logoC2UExpo is a Canadian-led international conference designed to:

  • showcase best practices in community-campus partnerships worldwide;
  • create a space for collaboration around key issues; and
  • foster ideas for strengthening communities

Held every two years, the conference allows community members, universities, colleges, government, and non-profit organizations to create an innovative learning environment. Activities and sessions are diverse, ranging from workshops to art activities, deliberative dialogue to mobile tours, and everything in between.

This year’s conference will take place at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON from May 26 – 29, 2015. Befitting its location, the conference seeks to explore citizen solutions for a better world by delving into the array of policy work in areas such as health, environment, food security and employment.

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New Student-Developed Board Game Bridging Academia With Practical World

This week’s post by Susan Hickman comes from Carleton Now, Carleton University’s monthly community magazine and is reposted here with permission. See the original post here.

Anthony Maki with the KMb board game

Carleton master’s student Anthony Maki is one of the creators of the KMb board game.(Susan Hickman Photo)

A game developed in a knowledge mobilization (KMb) class could become a real tool for bridging discussions and building partnerships with the next generation of knowledge brokers.

The students who developed the game were aiming to better inform themselves about the growing field of KMb when they took on the project for Geri Briggs, co-manager of Carleton’s Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) initiative.

Anthony Maki, Alex Maisonneuve, Elena Milicevic and Bojana Bogeljic, all master’s students in the Health: Science, Technology and Policy program, invented the initial board game last winter when they were required to choose a KMb technique for a final project.

The group set themselves up at the Ministry of Coffee on Elgin Street, installed the game-in-progress on a pedestal table and worked on refining the play.

“In research,” explains Maki, who completed his undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in neuroscience and mental health, “you often publish and then throw it on the shelf. It accumulates in the Ivory Tower and no one uses it. The underlying theme of this game is to build bridges from knowledge to actions and make players think outside the box. In developing the game, we got to work with people from psychology, biology, health sciences and sociology in a collaborative environment.”

Maki and Maisonneuve further refined the game over the summer and presented it at a KMb forum in Saskatoon in June.

The object of play is to dismantle the Ivory Tower (built out of Connex game pieces) by answering questions about KMb, uncover the knowledge hidden beneath and build a bridge across the board to an “action space” in the centre.

The game’s “action cards” move players forward or, perhaps, backwards on the board if it informs you that your research team failed to consult your community organization, for example. A “scenario card” might present you with a challenge to understand who the stakeholders are in a circumstance that requires mobilizing knowledge in a particular field.

Players can dismantle each other’s bridges to rebuild their opponents’ towers, but can also interact with each other, and contribute to the conversation, making it a shared learning experience.

Maki and Maisonneuve were hired last March by Briggs to work as research assistants for CFICE’s KMb research hub, which is co-led by the Canadian Alliance for Community-Service Learning. This hub – one of five in the CFICE project – focuses on improving the application and relevance of research in the social sciences and the humanities.

Cathy Edwards, research facilitator for institutional initiatives and an advisor to CFICE, finds the students’ board game project exciting.

“It brings together the heart of the Strategic Integrated Plan for the university,” says Edwards, who has been providing guidance and advice to the students regarding further development, management of intellectual property and a target audience.

“Community is the heart of the plan and this element is richly rooted in the three pillars of academia: teaching and learning, research and service. It requires and benefits from integration and co-operation between all aspects of the university itself.

“The game,” Edwards continues, “which started as a class assignment, exemplifies this in a tangible way.”

When Maki and Maisonneuve showed an interest in exploring the potential of what they helped create, Dinesh Kakadia, manager of industry partnership relations, came on board to work with the budding entrepreneurs.

“At the end of the day,” says Maki, “we created a physical product that has the potential to be beneficial to students, researchers, employers and employees. The best case scenario is the game gets commercialized and benefits people in their future career endeavours. While it is designed for newcomers to the knowledge mobilization field, it targets anybody who wants to enhance their organization and can be adapted to other disciplines.”

Quite serendipitously, the game has brought together aspects of the university community that traditionally would not have intersected.

“Because the program required a KMb component that was taught by one of the community leads on the CFICE project,” explains Edwards, “I was exposed to the game. This is the beauty of KMb. At its roots, it is about sharing and exchange of knowledge.”

Documentary to Give Voice to Key Players in Violence Against Women Movement

This week’s post from Maria McClintock comes from Carleton Now, Carleton University’s monthly community magazine and is reposted here with permission. See the original post here.

Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement

Eileen Morrow, Gloria Harris, Andree Cote – and the list goes on.

These women may not be household names, but when it comes to violence against women, they’re a few of the stalwarts who have worked tirelessly in communities across Ontario, making a difference within the shelter movement and battling policy-makers and governments, one issue at a time.

Now, a new documentary is in the works to showcase the stories of five Ontario activists and their work spanning more than three decades.

The project is the brainchild of Leighann Burns, executive director of Harmony House, and made possible through a partnership with the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) program, which is co-managed by Carleton University and the Canadian Alliance for Community-Service Learning, with the support of a secretariat housed at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.

CFICE – made up of five issue-related hubs – is a seven-year, $2.5-million action research project that aims to strengthen Canadian non-profits, universities, colleges and funding agencies to build more successful, innovative, resilient and prosperous communities. The violence against women hub is co-led by Carleton Law Prof. Diana Majury and Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Elizabeth Fry Societies.

“They have been doing this work over a long period of time, over many changes in policy and many different governments … they were there doing the work at a time when you couldn’t even talk about violence against women, right through to it being on the front pages of the news every day,” Majury says about the activists being interviewed for the documentary.

“They are our sources of experience and knowledge on the issue. This is really exciting that we are going to have them on tape for now and for future generations. We’re hoping, ultimately, to be able to do this with women across Canada and then have some of the newer women working in the area comment and respond, and develop a bit of a dialogue between the generations of women working on this issue.”

While the documentary is in the development phase, Majury says it’s a timely project given the numerous stories in the media about sexual harassment and sexual assault.

“Right now, there is huge interest in this issue and huge interest in the question of why women don’t come forward with some of these issues. These are the women who understand the issues more than any of us because they have worked with the women for 30 years,” says Majury.

The violence against women hub has a steering committee made up of women from across Canada representing a number of organizations seeking to develop research partnerships with academics and community organizations.

“It’s rethinking where we are at, as a movement, across the country and how we can move these issues forward onto the policy agenda in an effective way,” Majury says of the hub’s overall goal.

The documentary will not only provide a historical record, but it will highlight what changes have been achieved, what those changes have meant and what the future holds.

If the recent cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault have shown anything, Majury says, it’s that women are still hesitant to come forward.

“It’s just so hard for women, still. In that way, the yardsticks have not changed. How could there be a stigma attached to being a victim of a crime? There is, hugely, and women are uncomfortable and afraid, still. So, on lots of levels the yardsticks haven’t changed.”

For Leighann Burns, the documentary is a critical tool to capture the knowledge of activists before they leave the movement.

“It was occurring to me that a lot of my allies are retiring or about to retire and leaving the movement and I know the wealth of information that they have in their heads,” explains Burns.

“As a sector, we haven’t been particularly good at documenting our history. We’ve been too damned busy making it,” she says.

Burns is working with a Toronto-based filmmaker on this project. Three interviews were completed in November and more are scheduled for December. It’s not yet known when the final product will be ready.

An example of a story likely to be told is about the impact that activists had when Ontario conservatives under Mike Harris released their 1995 “Framework for Action on the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Ontario,” also known as the “McGuire Report,” which was widely condemned by as a move to dismantle the shelter system within the province.

But Burns says the report was essentially shelved and a new strategy developed as a result of the network of those working in the shelter system.

“It very nearly became a reality if it weren’t for a couple of the women, involved in the film, who grabbed the report and threw it out into an audience of activists who distributed it all over the province. That plan came to a rapid halt as a result.

“That is an example of an action that two women took, on the spur of the moment, that literally saved the shelter movement in Ontario. So, we want to inspire that kind of thing … You can make a difference, your one seemingly small action can have a huge impact,” she says.

The documentary, she says, will serve as a tool for the new guard in the movement, and potentially for educators and policy-makers.

“It’s hard to map the future when you don’t remember the past – to have a record of what happened before … that we were here and that we did stuff and that it did matter, particularly at this time in history when things seem quite grim.

“All the national voices have been silenced through funding cuts and policy changes that have gutted them – it’s been hard to do the work.”

While there are times it seems as though progress has been slow, there has been action that benefits women, she says, and points to improvements within the justice system and how the police and Crown attorney handle these cases as an example.

“The big thing is to record, for posterity, that these women were here and made a difference, often in very difficult working circumstances and with little remuneration. It is my hope that people can learn lessons (from the documentary) and get up to speed faster, they don’t have to go through all the stuff we went through.

Burns says the CFICE partnership has opened the door to this and future collaborations.

“This project is providing resources and possibilities for those of us on the front lines to implement things we would like to do but don’t have the resources to do.

“It’s time in our evolution as a feminist anti-violence movement to formalize our relationships with academics in terms of documenting what we know about violence against women, but also partnering and doing more and better research that would be framed with a feminist lens.”

So What the Heck is Knowledge Mobilization and Why Should I Care?

This week’s guest post comes from Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE). This post first appeared on the CFICE Connections blog on November 24, 2014 and is reposted here with permission.

Knowledge Mobilization: Knowledge, People, Transformation and Innovation

What is Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)? Why should I care?

  • Almost every research funding grant asks for a knowledge mobilization strategy.  In general, researchers want to do research that has value and impact.  KMb, in essence, consists of all the activities and outputs that builds awareness, and enables use of the research.
  • A simple definition:  All the activities and products created that help your research be useful and used.   KMb = Knowledge to action. Knowledge Mobilization Definitions
  • KMb is an emerging field of work which leaves for room multiple definitions and perspectives and is multi-faceted with  varied roots and assorted branches.  (Roots and branches).
  • This means you have the opportunity to think through and define what it means based on your hub’s needs and interests.

Purpose of knowledge Mobilization

  • Why do research funders such as the Tri Council (SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC) as well as many foundations expect researchers  to develop a knowledge mobilization strategy as part of a research grant proposal?
  • The bottom line for funders is that they want the money they put towards research to have results.  A knowledge mobilization strategy demonstrates the linkages between the research results and addressing real world issues and how the research would be put into use.

SSHRC Perspective Expanded

Purpose of knowledge mobilization:

  • Better connect social sciences and humanities research within and beyond academia, to maximize intellectual, cultural, social and economic impact. Framing our Direction, SSHRC 2010-2013
  • The goal is to maximize the impact of research and to capture and communicate those impacts as widely as possible. As a result, researchers, institutions and funding agencies are deepening their engagement in knowledge mobilization and finding new ways to capture and communicate the many benefits research and research talent can offer to all sectors of the economy, culture and society.   Strengthening Canada’s Cultures of Innovation.  SSHRC Strategic Plan 2013-2016

SSHRC categorizes KMb into four domains:  Co-creation, Broker, Exchange and Dissemination.  Below are examples of activities under each of the domains.

Co-Creation, Broker, Exchange and Dissemination examples


K* Continuum

The K * Continuum- another lens with which to look at Knowledge Mobilization


Key Considerations in Knowledge Mobilization

  • Knowledge mobilization and participatory action research share space. e.  Engagement activities inherent in participatory action research are simultaneously aspects of knowledge mobilization.  For example, a meeting bringing together stakeholders to identify the needs is a part of designing a research project, and simultaneously part of a KMb Strategy.  Please see attached diagram that shows the connections between KMb and the phases of research.
  • KMb is a means rather than an end. The goal is not to only distribute the knowledge, but to share it in such a way that it is easily accessible, useful and used. Understanding the world of the potential user enables creation of KMb products and activities that makes adoption and application more likely.  Start with a focus on the potential user and their use of the information.  Do a thorough analysis of their context, interests, needs, and their trusted sources.
  • Knowledge does not get used up when shared. A dizzying array of techniques exist. One piece of research can be shared in through multiple means.  Multiple means and ways of sharing enables meeting the of multiple audiences.  g. Knowledge may be shared via a journal article, a policy brief, an infographic, a play, a sculpture, a news release, a presentation, and be distributed via tweets, facebook posts, blogs, webinars, online conversations, face to face meetings and so forth.   Effective knowledge mobilization means understanding the audience(s) their information gather habits, the use to which they would put the knowledge, and your goal in sharing the knowledge.
  • An academic paper published in an academic journal is knowledge mobilization but  only one aspect of knowledge mobilization.  You can expand the reach of your findings by using multiple media, formats, and distribution methods.   KMb Techniques

Some Key Questions to ask yourself in developing a KMb Strategy

  • What is the knowledge the research will generate?
  • Who are the audiences and stakeholders? e. Who’s the knowledge for and with? Who cares about this issue?  Who should care?
  • Who will use the knowledge? How will they use it?  How and to what extent do they want to participate in the design and delivery of the research?  What difference can the research make? To whom?  Who has the power to implement change?
  • What is the most effective way to connect with each audience?
  • What KMb activities make sense for each phase of my research?
  • What do I want to accomplish through the research?
  • To what extent will I include participatory action research thereby integrating knowledge mobilization from the beginning of my research project?

Assessing your KMb: Reach + Relevance + Relationship  = Results

Evaluating KMb- Reach + Relevance + Relationships=Results

Reach, Relevance, and Relationships combine to create the conditions to achieve results.

KMb consists of four main aspects-  Reach, relevance, and relationship make up the key elements of achieving results.   Although effective reach, relevance, and relationship do not guarantee uptake and use of the research findings together they increase the likelihood of it being useful, useable, and used .

Reach speaks to the breadth of connections as reflected in the question ‘’Are we connecting with the people who care or should care about this issue?  Are we connecting with those who can make changes?

Relevance speaks to the question, ‘’To what extent do our KMb activities and products reflect the needs and interests of our audiences and stakeholders?’’   It also reflects the importance of the research to them.

Relationship speaks to the question, ‘’Are we connecting with the depth and breadth of audiences and stakeholders to the level of appropriate level of engagement?’’  Relationships, key to knowledge mobilization, come in many forms and levels.   While fully engaged partners are critical to the success of the research mobilization it is vital to pay attention to the needs and interests of the more peripheral participants.  Sharing with your core engaged partners while vital will not be enough to move your knowledge into action.

  • Fully engaged- partners:a relatively small group of people whose passion and engagement in the issue to be researched energize and nurture the community
  • Active and supportive: Involved to some degree in the design and development but not as involved as the fully engaged group
  • Interested occasionally active participants: Participate when the topic is of special interest, when they have some specific to contribute, or when they are involved in a project. This may also include policy makers and other decision makers who have an interest in the outcomes of the research, but do not actively participate in the research.
  • Observer participants:people who have a sustained connection and interest in the research, but with less engagement and authority, either because they are still newcomers, because they do not have as much personal commitment, or need to keep in touch but cannot participate fully. These people may be active elsewhere and carry the learning to these places.
  • Transactional participants: outsiders who interact with the research project occasionally without being members themselves, to receive or provide a service or to gain access to artifacts produced by the community, such as its publications, its website, or its tools.

Adapted from :  Wenger Traynor

Results from your mobilization efforts can be difficult to ascertain and measure.  On one hand the outcomes from your mobilization efforts need to mirror the intended outcomes of your research which tend to require significant time to pass.   On the other hand, you can measure interim outcomes that can lead to the achievement of longer term goals.  For example, increased attention to the issue by decision makers that your research contributed to can be considered an interim result.  Longer term outcomes would be the implementation of the policy or practice change.

Want to read more about KMb?  Additional resources KMb

Have questions? Comments? Want to chat about your KMb options?

Imagining Canada’s Future: Insights from Carleton University

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative is looking at areas that will impact Canadians in the next 5, 10 and 20 years. Four regional events will be presented in the Province of Ontario under the umbrella of Research Impact and, in addition to Carleton University, will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, and York University. Each event will address the question:

“What knowledge do we need to thrive in an interconnected landscape and how can emerging technology help leverage that goal and its benefits?”


Brian GreenspanDr. Brian Greenspan of Carleton’s Hyperlab

Brian Greenspan is an Associate Professor in Carleton’s Department of English and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. He is the founding Director of the Hyperlab, a digital humanities research centre, and inventor of the StoryTrek locative authorware for interactive stories, games and simulations. WATCH a short video on his work.

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Facilitated by

Peter LevesquePeter Levesque, President & Director
The Institute for Knowledge Mobilization

Peter Levesque leads professional development programs, provides strategic consulting, and creates capacity development opportunities for knowledge mobilization practitioners, researchers, early career professionals, and leaders in many sectors.  He has almost 20 years of experience, including leadership positions at SSHRC and CHEO.

twitter bird sm@peterlevesque

Moving Forward, Backwards and Sideways: Navigating the New Landscape of Knowledge Mobilization

Also featuring:

  • Sarah Thorne, Hyperlab / Doctoral program in Cultural Mediations
  • Adam Benn, Hyperlab / Doctoral program in English
  • Alexandra Woods, Hyperlab

And community partners:

March 20, 2014

6 pm to 8 pm


4th Floor, Human Computer Interaction Building

Carleton University (see map)

Light refreshments will be served

Free parking available in Lot P-1


Confessions of a tweeter / Confessions d’une twitteuse

Cathy Malcolm Edwards, RIR – Carleton

Cathy Malcolm Edwards, Research Facilitator, Institutional Initiatives at Carleton University and member of RIR, talks about her introduction to social media and the twitterverse. 

Cathy Malcolm Edwards, coordonnatrice de recherches au Service des projets universitaires de la Carleton University et membre du RIR, raconte son initiation aux médias sociaux et au monde du twitter.

Cathy Malcolm Edwards“Hi, my name is Cathy Malcolm Edwards and I am an introvert.” This thought often circles through my mind when I am in group settings or facing a long day of back-to-back meetings. At the start of my journey into the world of knowledge mobilizing (I am a relative newbie, entering the world in May 2013), I thought this truth might be a barrier to being truly effective in this role. Then one day, my colleague, Kyla Reid, introduced me to social media, specifically the twitterverse.

You might be thinking to yourself “Cathy, it is 2013! Where the heck have you been living? Myspace has been around since 2003 and Facebook since 2004?” Well, while the rest of the planet was jumping in to the virtual world of social media, I was proudly in my cocoon rejecting every “You’ve been invited” email that came my way. At the time, I didn’t see the benefits of social media. It was just one more social event – another thing that I would have to get done and keep updated. I was a hipster, too cool to engage in the platforms of popularity. Oh, how wrong I was.

I am not saying I am a full convert per se and I still do have my hipster attitude about a lot of things (including Facebook), but I am also not too proud to admit that I am enjoying my time spent on twitter in particular. I love taking a few minutes each day to read posts and connect with the community. I often come across something that encourages me towards introspection or gives me an “aha!” moment. My introvert is quite satisfied. I can socialize in my own way, on my own time, and in digestible chunks. I have discovered that social media can be my friend, not my enemy. It allows me to connect and converse with the amazing community around me while nurturing my curiosity and quest for knowledge. I invite you to join me on this journey of discovery @mobilizethat.

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.

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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.

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