Dr. Catherine Mounier, Vice President of Research and Creation at l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), recently described to British journal International Innovation how projects developed at UQAM are helping to improve the scientific and social impact of research by strengthening the links between researchers and the public. La vice-rectriceRead More
On April 8, 2015 the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) Executive Leads committee made a conditional acceptance to the University of New Brunswick to become the 12th RIR university. On August 24, 2015, those conditions were met and we were pleased to welcome UNB as our newest RIR member. Le 8 avril 2015, leRead More
We are pleased to announce that McMaster University has joined the ResearchImpact-Reseau Impact Recherche network. C’est avec plaisir que nous annonçons l’adhésion de l’Université McMaster au Réseau Impact Recherche-ResearchImpact. On October 21, the ResearchImpact – RéseauImpactRecherche network formally approved an application from McMaster University for admission into the network. RIR now hasRead More
A recent Skype teleconference allowed brokers of ResearchImpact – RèsearcuImpactRecherche to share and exchange stories of engagement events, showing we have much in common!Une récente téléconférence Skype permis courtiers de ResearchImpact - RèsearcuImpactRecherche de partager et échanger des histoires d'événements d'engagement, montrant nous avons beaucoup en commun! The technology worked wellRead More
"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)Read More
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 hasRead More
The following was originally posted on The Guardian’s Higher Education Network blog on October 9, 2012 and is reposted here with permission.
Maximising the impact of research on society depends on universities brokering the right partnerships with public policy, says David Phipps – and Canada is leading the way.
Earlier this year on the Higher Education Network, I introduced knowledge mobilisation as a university-based process that connects academic social sciences and humanities research to non-academic decision makers to inform decisions about public policy and professional practice, enhance social innovation and develop sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges.
I then reflected on its past – the roots of knowledge mobilisation as we now understand it. In this third installment, I return to the present to see how York University in Toronto is supporting collaborations between researchers and partner to maximise the impact of research on society.
We started York University’s knowledge mobilisation practice by trying to push out existing research results to find “receptors” and soon realised that we needed more interactive methods of closing the gap that exists between research within a higher education context and the policy and practice which could use it. Researchers and their partners need to find a middle ground in which to collaborate so that research not only meets the academic standards of scholarship but is also relevant to non-academic partners.
Today York University’s knowledge mobilisation unit uses a suite of services available to faculty and students from all disciplines across the university. Our knowledge mobilisation staff help faculty and partners identify and develop research collaborations through meetings support, student interns and the use of social media as a connecting channel. We have recently published a report on our full range of services.
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 differentRead More
The most common question RIR brokers are asked is, “How can my university join RIR?” More on that in about four weeks. The question I frequently am asked is, “How can I build a university based KMb unit?” Comment mon université peut-elle intégrer le réseau ? », c’est la question laRead More