From the roots to the fruits: strengthening institutional capacity for knowledge mobilization / Soutenir la mobilisation des connaissances : des racines aux fruits…

Jérôme Elissalde et Luc Dancause, RIR-UQAM
On June 4th, 2013, during the second Knowledge Mobilization Forum held in Mississauga (Ontario), RIR’s UQAM KMb Unit was glad to present the work done at their institution to support KMb. This presentation was seen not only as a way to share the unit’s achievements but also to reflect on the pitfalls faced.
 Le 4 juin 2013, lors du second Forum sur la mobilisation des connaissances (MdC )qui a eu lieu à Mississauga (Ontario), l’unité de soutien à la MdC de l’UQAM était fier de présenter le travail qu’elle a accomplie dans son institution. Cette présentation n’était pas uniquement vue comme une occasion de partager les réalisations de l’unité mais aussi de réfléchir sur les écueils rencontrés.
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The presentation discusses the experience of two practitioners from different offices (Partnership Office and Research Office) within UQAM, a mid-sized, comprehensive university comprised of six faculties and a school (1200 researchers, 40 000 students). It will outline how these two offices are developing services and tools aimed at supporting KMb and the continuous interaction between action and vision building.
Examples from the five main categories in which the activities to support KMb fall will be shown:

  1. Internal and external networking;
  2. Counselling and capacity development (faculty members, professional staff, interns and research units);
  3. Identifying and promoting research expertise;
  4. Connecting researchers and practitioners and;
  5. Stimulating reflection on KMb at the institutional level.

Some of the tools created to support KMb will be presented through these different examples. The presentation will conclude with a review of the various challenges that were encountered along the way during the two and a half years since the establishment of this initiative.
A French version of the presentation is also available online at