Simply put, knowledge mobilization is about getting the right information in the right format at the right time to the right people to influence decision-making.
Knowledge mobilization (KMb) is about linking research with practice, and practice with research. Too often there is a disconnect between academics and the field, and as a result knowledge is either underused or lost entirely. KMb works to solve this problem by building bridges between different types of knowledge (evidence-based, practice based, and local knowledge), and ensuring that each kind informs the others. The result is a comprehensive understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and what we are learning along the way.
Interested in learning more? We’ve provided further reading and resources below that are grouped around three common contexts: Universities, health care, and communities.
Universities generate massive amounts of research every year, yet face challenges in maximizing the impact of this research in society at large.
Health care has led the way in studying and advocating strong relationships between evidence and practice. The communication of knowledge is of particular importance in this field, in order to bring about evidence-informed public health decision-making.
There is an enormous amount of untapped community-based knowledge. Practitioners and researchers can draw from this knowledge base using knowledge mobilization techniques, with the added benefit of building lasting relationships with these communities through the process.