Knowledge Mobilization Within Large Scale Science Projects – January 23, 2018 – Waterloo, ON

This event is being hosted by the Guelph/Kitchener Waterloo Knowledge Translation and Transfer Community of Practice. For more information, please visit their website at


This moderated panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panel, with discussion questions raised with the audience to identify the practices and challenges to knowledge mobilization within large scale, multi-stakeholder projects. Please bring your questions and success stories involving large scale projects.
This moderated panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panel, with discussion questions raised with the audience to identify the practices and challenges to knowledge mobilization within large scale, multi-stakeholder projects. Please bring your questions and success stories involving large scale projects.

Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:00 PM
Location: One King North, Waterloo ON

5:30pm networking
6pm panel presentation
7pm Q&A


Kara Hearne, Knowledge Mobilizer, Global Water Futures, University of Waterloo

Kara is a Knowledge Mobilization Specialist with the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute. She supports the Global Water Futures program as part of the Knowledge Mobilization core team, working with project teams to plan and implement knowledge co-production and collaboration activities with research partners.

Kara comes to the Global Water Futures team with a background in environmental consulting, where she worked as a project manager and environmental planner. With a focus on leading large-scale environmental assessments, she specialized in building, managing, and coordinating large multidisciplinary teams for projects in various sectors, and regularly functioned as the primary liaison with private industry, government agencies, the public, and Indigenous communities.

Comfortable with the dynamic of working as part of a large team on complex projects with significant stakeholder interest, Kara has extensive experience in working with subject matter experts to tailor project plans and deliverables to meet the needs of end users; identifying the right people and bringing them together to solve multidisciplinary problems; and in the synthesis and summary of technical information for the purpose of supporting decision-making.

Simon Landry, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Vision: Science to Application (VISTA), York University

Stephanie Merrill, Knowledge Mobilizer, Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan

Stephanie joins the Global Water Futures Program from the east coast where she was the communications coordinator for the Canadian Rivers Institute (University of New Brunswick). Previously, she was the director of the freshwater protection program for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. Stephanie graduated from University of New Brunswick in 2009 with a MSc. in Forestry and Environmental Management and in 2004 with a BSc. in Biology (Aquatic Ecology).

She has extensive experience in knowledge mobilization and water policy while working alongside rural and urban watershed groups, indigenous and settler community organizations, academic scientists and government departments. She is currently an appointed member of the minister’s working group on watershed management in New Brunswick.

Elizabeth Shantz, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Food from Thought, University of Guelph

As Knowledge Mobilization Manager in the University of Guelph’s Research Innovation Office, Elizabeth facilitates the two-way exchange of information between researchers and end users on the Food from Thought program. She focuses on developing and implementing effective knowledge mobilization strategies, facilitating strong partnerships, clearly communicating knowledge, and demonstrating the impact of research.

Elizabeth Shantz has worked in the field of knowledge mobilization since 2010, most recently as the Knowledge Mobilization and Training Manager at Canadian Water Network. She has learned about knowledge mobilization best practices as a community engaged scholar and by working closely with researchers and stakeholders at all levels of government, industry and NGOs. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MASc in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2011) and a BA in English and Psychology (2009).

Andrew Spring, Research Associate, Northern Canada Knowledge Networks, Northern Water Futures, Wilfrid Laurier University

As part of the Northern Water Futures project, a major multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research project led by Wilfrid Laurier University and funded by the Global Water Futures program, Andrew Spring liaises between researchers, northern communities and organizations to build broad networks of researchers, communities, and decision-makers to help facilitate knowledge transfer and communication between all parties.

He is currently completing his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University where he conducts research focused on food security in Canada’s Northwest Territories. His work explores the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food security and food sovereignty, climate change and pressures exerted on country food and traditional economic activity in Indigenous communities.

Andrew has a diverse background in sustainability and the environment. Trained as an environmental engineer (MASc Toronto), his expertise is creating innovative programs to engage communities in sustainable planning or environmental conservation. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, he aims to expand Laurier’s capacity to conduct research that meets the needs of people in the North.

Moderator: Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilizer, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Blogging as a Vessel for Knowledge Translation: Turning Numbers into Narrative – Webinar – January 26, 2018

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

KT Connects: Knowledge Translation Webinar Series

Co-hosted by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Arthritis Research Canada, KT Connects is a monthly series of beginner-level training webinars for researchers and trainees to learn how to embed KT in their work. For more information and archived recordings, visit

Blogging as a Vessel for Knowledge Translation: Turning Numbers into Narrative

Featuring: Natasha Kolida, M.Ed. University of British Columbia; Founder, Redefining Bipolar

Time: January 26, 2018 12:00-13:00 PST

This webinar is an introduction to creative media and knowledge translation meant for use as research-to-practice or educational purposes. Specifically, it will focus on the medium of blogging and how to make scholarly work accessible to the general population and/or a target population using this creative outlet. Key topics of discussion will include dismantling the knowledge translation process, building a narrative, understanding language and purpose, logistics, and ethics. The webinar is tailored for researchers and health professionals, and will focus on mental health and mental illness for examples.

Learning Objectives:

– Examine blogging as a creative method for making scholarly work more accessible

– Explore the impact of blogging as a research dissemination activity

– Consider the value and complexity of narrative in relation to research implementation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living Knowledge 8 Call for Proposals

This post first appeared on the Living Knowledge website at


Call for Proposals

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

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

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

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

The Theme of LK8

Enriching Science and Community Engagement

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

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

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

How can science shops better connect with civil society?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information:

Proposal guide
LK8 Facebook event

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum – Call for Content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

2018 submission form

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

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

The chosen theme is “Enriching Science and Community Engagement”

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

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

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

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

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

• How to assess impacts in science-community partnerships?

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

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

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

The conference website with further information will be online soon:

Contact: Réka Matulay

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

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

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

The course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KT Connects: Knowledge Translation Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

Learning objectives:

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

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

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

4. Reflect on ethical and methodological issues arising from examples

Webinar poster

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Social Media & Research Unconference: What works? What’s next?

UnconferenceWhen is the Unconference?: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (day before the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum #CKF17)

Where is the Unconference?: Four-Points by Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa

Will there be food? Yes! Refreshments (coffee/tea/juice/snacks) and lunch are provided.

Who should attend? People interested in learning and sharing about social media and research. You might be a researcher, a student, a social media coordinator, or a knowledge broker.

More specifically, this event is for people who are interested in using social media for research, for knowledge mobilization, or who are researching social media. The important part is that you want to learn from others in the field and share your own knowledge and experiences.

What is an Unconference?: Good question! An unconference is a loosely structured conference where active participation, collaboration with peers, and idea sharing are essential. The program for this event will be set by you – the attendees – first thing in the morning on 16th of May. We’ll fit your ideas into some fun methods to support conversation and learning. Attendees are encouraged to give presentations, pitch topics of discussion, and actively participate in the conversations. With the assistance of a facilitator, a program will be created. In an unconference, the program is fluid and can change throughout the day as conversations continue and new ideas develop. To learn more about unconferences and how to prepare for them, click here.

Attendees are encouraged to think about what topics they could contribute the Social Media & Research Unconference in advance. Possible topics may include:

    What are best practices in using social media (SM) for knowledge mobilization (KMb) and stakeholder engagement
    How do best practices and uptake of social media differ across sectors and disciplines?
    What are great examples of social media in the research process: For example: as a method for network analysis, dissemination channel, engagement strategy.
    Where has social media not worked well in the research process?
    Where is more research needed about the use of social media for KMb?
    What are the best SM platforms for KMb work?
    What are some of the innovative projects that have used SM for KMb work?
    What do researchers and students need to know about building a digital identity?
    Where can SM fit in the life cycle of a research project?
    What social media tools are new and exciting (live streaming, participant recruitment, etc.)

-*We’re using the term “Knowledge Mobilization” to include knowledge translation, knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, etc.

Cost: $80.00 (includes lunch)

To register: Click this link

Hotel: If you’re joining us from out of town, there is a discounted hotel rate ($164/night) available for those participating in the #CKF17 and the SM Unconference. Just mention the Forum when booking at the Sheraton Four-Points Gatineau. The rate can be extended from Friday, May 12th to Monday, May 22nd.

Gathering my Thoughts for the C2UExpo Gatherings

This week’s guest post was originally posted on the C2UExpo 2017 blog on April 29, 2017. It is reposted here with permission.

With C2UExpo 2017 beginning in a couple short days, we can’t wait to delve right into some of the themes each of our Gatherings will be addressing.

Let’s see what Trail Blazer– David J. Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services at York University had to say about the following questions!

1. What does community-campus partnerships mean to you? Why should we care?

The key for me is the word partnership. Partners come together around a shared interest. If it’s not a shared interest, if there isn’t equal passion and valued contributions from both (or more) partners then you might as well secure the help of a consultant (no offence to the many excellent consultants out there…and see a very old post I did about consultants vs knowledge brokers). At York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit 70% of the partnerships we support are driven by the needs of the community partner. This is one of the ways we strive to balance power in a demand driven (or community “pull”) method. The life skills mentoring program that researchers from our Faculty of Education co developed with the Youth Emergency Shelter of Peterborough was a result of the shelter seeking to understand recidivism in their client population and asked York if we could help. See this video for more on this example.

Why should we care? Universities are bound by a social contract. We are invested in by the public. And while the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and understanding is a legitimate goal there is an opportunity to create a broader return on the public’s investment in universities by connecting our research activities to organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors so that our research and expertise can have an impact on the lives of local and global citizens.

We don’t do this because we are mandated to do so. We do this because we want to make a difference. And that difference is magnified when we do it in partnership with organizations that can make the products, develop the policies and deliver the services that have an impact on citizens.

2. Defining and measuring the impact of our work. Can it be done? If we don’t then what?

Yes. And since the first answer is yes then the second question is moot.

In the Research Impact Canada network we have taken the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) as the starting point. The REF is a centralized research impact assessment exercise that evaluates all UK universities on the impact their research has had beyond the academy (on culture, society, health, economy, environment etc.). So not only can it be done it is being done on a national, system wide level. The Research Impact Canada network has adapted the REF impact assessment guidelines and template to fit our Canadian context. York University is piloting this tool on a community-campus collaboration that evaluated a hub of domestic violence shelters. The Knowledge Mobilization Unit brokered this collaboration. Once we have assessed the pilot we will adjust the tool and roll out in a more systematic fashion.

This makes the second question less urgent. But if you don’t assess your impact then you will never be able to report on your successes. You will lack the evidence to make the case that your work is vital. You will not be able to create a sustainable model for supporting community campus collaborations without the evidence of success.

If we expect community campus collaborations to create evidence that informs decisions about policies, practices and services then we need to apply that same rigour to our own operations.

I am sharing the stage for the Final Gathering with Jacline Nyman, Am Johal, Annalee Yassi, Derek Gent and William Lindsay. What a great group presenting in front of a great (and hopefully engaged) audience to kick at these very important and timely questions. See you in British Columbia!

Event: March 29: The Australian KT Experience and Our Move to the Impact Agenda

The Knoweldge Mobilization Unit at York University looks forward to welcoming Tamika Heiden to YorkU for a talk this Wednesday. Please join us if you are in the area!

The Australian KT Experience and Our Move to the Impact Agenda

March 29, 2017

Tamika Heiden, Knowledge Translation Australia

Tamika HeidenThis talk has been organized by the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University. Knowledge mobilization
helps turn research into action.

Tamika Heiden, of Knowledge Translation Australia, has been driving change, advocating for Knowledge Translation (KT), and training researchers and research support staff in KT processes for the past three years. In a country yet to embrace KT and Impact, Tamika has been preparing for the inevitable change to research funding and reward. In 2017, the Australian government is undertaking its first Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot, with the view to ongoing impact assessment beginning in 2018.

Join Tamika as she shares the KT practices that are happening in Australia and gives insights into the current research impact and engagement evaluation landscape. This conversational style session will look at Tamika’s entrepreneurial approach to KT, examine current KT roles and activities, and discuss the role of KT in the Australian Impact and Engagement agenda moving forward.

Wednesday, March 29

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Room 519, Kaneff Tower
York University, Keele Campus
4700 Keele Street, Toronto

Éthique de la recherche et du terrain en contexte autochtone – 12 Avril

Éthique de la recherche et du terrain en contexte autochtone (aussi en webdiffusion)

Boîte à outils des principes de la recherche en context autochtone12 Avril 2017
13h00 à 15h00

Pavillon Roger Gaudry – Université de Montréal
Salle S-116
2900, boul. Édouard-Montpetit, Montréal
Montréal (Québec) Canada H3T 1J4

Prix: Entrée libre, places limitées

L’objectif de cet atelier est d’examiner les outils existants en matière de gestion et de pratiques de la recherche de manière à respecter les aspirations des communautés et instances autochtones en matière de recherche les concernant. Lors de cet atelier, nous passerons à travers les différentes étapes permettant d’établir une relation de recherche respectueuse et équitable en vue de recueillir des données pertinentes et d’organiser un transfert de connaissances efficace.

Webdiffusion : Connectez vous pour participer à l’atelier

Avec Karine Gentelet, Suzy Basile et Nancy Gros-Louis McHugh (en visioconférence depuis Wendake)

Introduction par Pierre De Coninck (UdeM), président du comité d’études nordiques de l’Université de Montréal.

Plan de l’atelier

    Les communautés autochtones du Nord du Québec
    Concept de santé globale.
    Histoire du principe de consentement et des protocoles autochtones de recherche.
    Lignes directrices pour les recherches portant sur les femmes et lignes directrice du groupe de travail des Premiers peuples.
    Responsabilité sociale du chercheur et le transfert des connaissances.
    Boîte à outils des principes de la recherche en contexte autochtone (2015)
    Questions et discussions.

Karine Gentelet est professeure en études autochtones au Département des sciences sociales de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. Ses champs d’intérêt portent sur la reconnaissance des droits des Peuples autochtones, l’éthique de la recherche, la responsabilité sociale des chercheurs et l’anthropologie/sociologie du droit. Dernièrement elle a codirigé la “Boîte à outils de la recherche en contexte autochtone” à laquelle participaient Suzie Basile et Nancy Gros-Louis McHugh. Elle est fortement engagée dans la promotion et la défense des droits de la personne, notamment des droits des Peuples autochtones auprès d’Amnistie Internationale Amnistie Internationale depuis 2007.

Suzie Basile est professeure à l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue à l’École d’études autochtones. Ses champs de spécialisation sont l’anthropologie culturelle, peuples autochtones (Premières Nations et Inuit, femmes autochtones, éthique de la recherche et développement nordique.

Nancy Gros-Louis McHugh est gestionnaire du secteur de la recherche pour la Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et a piloté la mise sur pied du Protocole de recherche des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador.

Cet atelier vise à rejoindre :

    les étudiants-chercheurs du Programme de formation scientifique dans le Nord (PFSN),
    les chercheurs désirant amorcer ou effectuant des recherches en contexte autochtone.

Cet atelier est présenté par le Bureau Recherche – Développement – Valorisation de l’Université de Montréal.

2017 Call for Content for the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

This week’s guest post comes from the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization announcing their call for content for #CKF17.

PDF: CKF17 Call for Content & Fillable WORD CKF17 Call for Content Form

Call for Content #CKF17

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum was created in 2012 as a professional development forum for practitioners and professionals working in knowledge mobilization across fields and sectors.

It has become recognized as a premiere learning and networking event in Canada – friendly, open, limited in size, and creative. Events have been held in Ottawa (2012), Mississauga (2013), Saskatoon (2014), and Montréal (2015), Toronto (2016), and is scheduled for May 17-18, 2017 in the National Capital Region of Canada, Ottawa-Gatineau.

The theme for 2017 is:

Connections and Partnerships: Collaboration as a Key to Knowledge Mobilization

From the very start of the conversation about Knowledge Mobilization in Canada, connections and partnerships have been part of the narrative. Collaboration is a key component of many, if not most activities in Knowledge Mobilization. True to the meaning of the word, collaboration is often hard work. It requires us to co-labor together, to co-construct priorities, programs, policies, processes that lead to the use of evidence. Together, we build better communities and societies.

The theme for 2017 focuses us on how to be better together. We invite participation that will push thinking and engagement of the knowledge mobilization community further. The Forum will be hosted at the Canadian Museum of History and the Sheraton Four-Points Gatineau Hotel.

We are seeking presentations, posters, workshops, and open-space activities that facilitate active participation, networking, reflection and learning.

We are driven by an objective of allowing you to design your own conference experience that reflects your interests, experience, priorities and learning styles. Drawing on the assets of the National Capital Region, leaders in knowledge mobilization from all across Canada and beyond, it is our hope you will come away from CKF17 enriched, energized and engaged in this field like never before.

Our objectives are:

    Build on the past successes of CKF make this a preeminent event to learn and engage about knowledge mobilization in Canada
    Build capacity for knowledge mobilization
    Learn about work in other sectors to enable partnerships and collaboration
    Engage with leaders to influence future directions
    Meet the next generation of leaders and create opportunities to mentor and coach
    Access the latest tools, techniques and opportunities.

The 2017 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum is seeking contributions for content, which addresses the overall theme of Connections and Partnerships: Collaboration as a Key to Knowledge Mobilization, and links to the subthemes of:

Subtheme 1: Structures – What (for example: operating structures supporting partnerships, agreements, management systems, office layouts enhancing collaboration )

Subtheme 2: Processes – How (for example: tool boxes, networks, communities of practice, training)

Subtheme 3: Technology – Technology and Tools (for example: social media, apps, software, knowledge boards, database mining, CRM programs)

We are continuing to use the “The Knowmo Scale”. Here, we’re seeking presenters to consider their audience. Consider this our own unique variation of the Scoville Unit scale.

Is your presentation focused around skill development? If so, you would check off Knowmo 1.

Will you present on where we are in terms of KMb? If so, you would check off Knowmo 2.

Does your presentation focus on innovation in/for KMb? If so, please check off Knowmo 3.

We are seeking the following:

1) Catalyst Presentations of 10 minutes each

For each session, a small group of presenters will each engage the audience with a focused 10-minute presentation. Feel free to be provocative or pose questions. This will be followed by a 30-minute group discussion of the ideas presented, the connections that emerge, and implications for knowledge mobilization practice. People can apply individually or identify other presentation proposals they would like to be considered grouped with.

The value of these sessions emerges from the EXCHANGE of all participants. The presenters create a catalyst to conversation. Each session will be moderated by a session Chair.

2) Poster Presentations

Recommended max poster size is 36”/92cm high by 60”/152 cm wide. The posters will be juried by an expert panel of knowledge mobilization practitioners. Posters will be profiled at a specific event and you will have two minutes to share ‘what you need to know’ about your poster with all participants.

3) Professional Development Workshops to enable creativity of 50 minutes each

Workshops are an opportunity to share methods and tools useful to the practice of knowledge mobilization professionals in an interactive and engaging format. The aim is to help participants to improve their skills and understanding of KMb and to become better mobilizers.

Alternatively, people are welcome to submit presentations which are less interactive and more informative. For both, participants are welcome to consider non-traditional approaches for this exchange process: Fireside Chat; Debate; Panel Presentations or others.

4) Open Space – Approx. 45-60 minutes

Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organisation to do its thing. Although one can’t predict specific outcomes, it’s always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results and fascinating new questions.

— Michael M Pannwitz, Open Space practitioner

Participants are encouraged to take a leadership role in prompting and facilitating open space mini-conferences within the more structured program. In order to create appropriate spaces, we ask participants to indicate their intention and potential topic areas for discussion.


All contributions will be reviewed by an independent selection committee and judged for quality of content, the opportunity to advance our understanding of knowledge mobilization, and relevance to the theme of the 2017 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.

The deadline for contribution is March 15, 2017.

Please fill the Call for Content Form and send to:

Note: Selected content must be presented by a registered participant at the 2017 Canadian

Knowledge Mobilization Forum in Ottawa-Gatineau, May 17-18, 2017.

Further details will be posted on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website:

Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization

Certificate in knowledge mobilization

As of January 2017, the University of Guelph’s Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization will be offered entirely online. Through three eight-week courses, the program helps participants develop new skills and use various techniques to help turn knowledge into action.

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The program

The Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization builds capacity for the transformation of knowledge into action. Participants will learn to identify and address barriers to knowledge mobilization, transfer or exchange, and use tools and techniques to facilitate the development of evidence-informed policy and practice.

The program consists of three online courses:

1. Inform: Processes of knowledge translation and dissemination (January 23 to March 19, 2017)
2. Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence (September 18 to November 12, 2017)
3. Act: Transforming knowledge into action (January 22 to March 18, 2018)

Who should participate?

The certificate is targeted towards KMb practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and service providers working in the social sciences, human services and health sectors. We also welcome graduate students interested in building KMb skills or planning to work in one of these fields.


The courses will be taught by experienced instructors and knowledge brokers:
Anne Bergen, Ph.D., Director, Knowledge to Action Consulting
Travis Sztainert, Ph.D., Knowledge Broker and Content Specialist at Gambling Research Exchange Ontario

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Knowledge into Practice Learning Network Launch Webinar

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others.”
(African Proverb)

Across the globe, in diverse professional fields, people are working to get knowledge into practice. However, it is well documented that despite widespread commitment in principle, many of the people and organisations who are undertaking knowledge into practice work face considerable challenges in accomplishing this aim.

Does your role involve linking knowledge and practice? Perhaps you’re a knowledge broker or knowledge mobiliser, researcher or practitioner, policy analyst, or a similar role. Whatever your title, whatever your field, the Knowledge into Practice Learning Network offers a rare opportunity to come together as an online community to learn and share advice, expertise, resources and opportunities, develop new international contacts and use our learning to improve our own practice and support each other to work most effectively.

In this launch webinar, you will have an opportunity to:

    find out more about this innovative global network,
    be introduced to the people behind the network,
    introduce yourself and connect with a new set of supportive colleagues,
    tell us about what you would like to get out of the network and the kind of resources and activities you would find useful

Date: 24 October 2016

Time: 16:00 (UK). To calculate your local time go to

Registration & joining instructions:

We hope you will join us for this inaugural webinar and the launch of this network.