KMb 101

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.

The University

Universities generate massive amounts of research every year, yet face challenges in maximizing the impact of this research in society at large.

“A Report Detailing the Development of a University-Based Knowledge Mobilization Unit that Enhances Research Outreach and Engagement.”

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“Knowledge Mobilization Builds Local Research Collaborations for Social Innovation.”

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“A Field Note Describing the Development and Dissemination of Clear Language Research Summaries for University-Based Knowledge Mobilization.” Scholarly and Research Communication 4.1 (2013)

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“What’s in your KMb Tool Box? A Description of University-Based Knowledge Mobilization Tools.”

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“Knowledge Mobilization at YorkU.”

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“Collaborating for Social Innovation: A progress report from ResearchImpact, Canada’s leading knowledge mobilization network” (May 2008).

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Medicine/Health

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.

“Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012”

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“Contribution of Physician and Patient Factors to Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral and Participation.”

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“The Health Bus: Healthcare for Marginalized Populations”

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“Knowledge Mobilization in the Context of Health Technology Assessment: An Exploratory Case Study.” Health Research Policy and Systems (2012).

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The Community

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.

“The Binning Community in Victoria: A Participatory Exploration for Livelihood Enhancement.”

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“Best Practices for Knowledge Mobilization,” Social Planning Council of Ottawa (May 2008)

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“Collaborating for Social Innovation: A progress report from ResearchImpact, Canada’s leading knowledge mobilization network,” (May 2008).

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“The Growing (But Still Limited) Importance of Evidence in Education Policy and Practice.” Journal of Educational Change 10.2 (2009): 159-171.

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