Case Studies

The following collection of case studies showcases successful examples of knowledge mobilization and research impact.

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Prairie Climate Centre

Summary: The Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg is an outstanding example of Knowledge Mobilization. It is committed to making climate change meaningful and relevant to Canadians from all walks of life. It brings an evidence-based perspective to communicating the science, impacts, and risks of climate change through high-quality maps, documentary video, research […]

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Reshaping Resilience Practices: A Co-Production Approach

Summary of the impact: The Resilient Therapy model, co-produced with vulnerable children and adults and those who support them, is based on a review of evidence of what promotes resilience.  It is informing whole systems approaches in research, schools and across local areas in the UK and globally. The full story Resilient Therapy (RT) is […]

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Everyone Counts: Mobilizing Knowledges for the 2018 Saskatoon Point-in-Time Homelessness Count

Dr. Isobel M. Findlay, University Co-Director, Community-University Institute for Social Research, University of Saskatchewan Summary:  On April 18, 2018, a huge community effort combined in Saskatoon’s fourth Point-in-Time (PIT) Homelessness Count, its first in the national coordinated count. Knowledge mobilization before, during, and after the count ensured that everyone counts in preventing and ending homelessness. […]

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York Region Food Network

At a glance Issues around a sustainable and healthy food system are central to the work of the York Region Food Network (YRFN).  YRFN approached the KMb Unit in the spring of 2012 with a request for student support to research food charter policy development in other jurisdictions.  YRFN, in partnership with community and regional […]

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A Driving Need: Study Connects Victoria Seniors with Volunteer Drivers

For seniors who are no longer able to drive, there remain few viable options for transportation. And while the James Bay Community Project (JBCP) is trying to help by offering free rides to important medical appointments, there currently aren’t enough volunteer drivers to meet the community’s high demand. This issue is the driving force behind […]

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Cybersec 101 – Cybersecurity awareness and training that is reaching the nation

Summary Cybersec 101 is a cybersecurity training resource toolkit which demonstrates that the prevention of data breaches can be easier, less time consuming and less costly than dealing with the consequences of having information, whether it is personal or financial, compromised. Cybersec 101 (, a bilingual evidence-based cybersecurity training resource toolkit, includes 565 pages of […]

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Exploring Rural Routes: Harris Centre Explores Rural Canada Research with New Podcast Series

What does rural mean in the 21st century? That is the central question that shapes the episodes of Rural Routes, a new podcast program that is quickly gaining popularity across Canada, as well as internationally. Cross-Canada networks The program, an initiative of Memorial University’s Harris Centre, in partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, was […]

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Influencing Policy: Partnerships Move Research into Action

A multi-sectoral research partnership investigating precarious employment directly influenced employment policies. This case illustrates the value of partner organizations with experience in knowledge brokering, and the importance of building relationships to influence policy. Project: Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) Impacts Increased public awareness of the scope and effects of the labour […]

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Youth Criminal Justice in Canada Infographic Project

Summary: This project brought together student researchers from the Research Shop, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, University of Guelph and community partners from Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. Together, they created two infographics—one for youth justice and one for adult justice—that use empirical evidence to highlight the […]

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