|Set realistic ambitions and expectations about research use
||York’s KMb Unit promises to use best efforts to connect researchers to decision maker partners. We do not promise to deliver the best evidence to inform decisions. That is up to the collaboration.
|Improve supply of relevant, accessible and credible evidence, but don’t stop there
||York translates academic articles into ResearchSnapshot clear language research summaries and publishes these in an on line searchable database. These serve as a starting point for knowledge brokering, they are not an end in themselves.
|Shape as well as respond to the demand for evidence in policy and practice settings (consider working with advocacy organizations)
||We work closely with the United Way of York Region to build community capacity for engaging in research and create a culture of collaboration between the university and community partners.
|Develop multifaceted knowledge exchange strategies, more than just packaging and knowledge translation (players and processes are more important than the products)
||As above, ResearchSnapshots are only the starting point for knowledge brokering. York’s KMb Unit then uses user pull (research translation help desk, Lunch & Learn), knowledge exchange (KM in AM, Research Forums) and co-production (interns, social media) methods to support the co-production of knowledge by researchers and their decision maker partners.
|Recognize the role of dedicated knowledge broker organizations and networks
||Together with York, our RIR partners (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, U. Guelph, U. Saskatchewan, U. Victoria) have invested in an institutional capacity for KMb services.
|Target multiple voices to increase opportunities for evidence to be part of the policy discourse
||York’s KMb practice routinely engages the community sector, Regional and municipal agencies, provincial ministries and the hospital sector in conversations with university researchers and students. We are considering how best to include colleges and the private sector in the conversations.
|Evaluate knowledge exchange strategies to improve research use and learn from this
||We did a formal evaluation of the KMb Unit in 2009/2010. We posted the formal evaluation and our response on Mobilize This! and we published a peer reviewed journal article. Our KMb practice is participatory and self reflective, embedding learning as we go.