March 18, 2011
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Jane Brenneman Gibson (now retired) was the Director, Knowledge Transfer & Exchange (KTE) at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in Toronto, Canada. She worked at IWH since 2000 and helped implement the Insitute’s strategic KTE plan. Jane has extensive policy-making experience as an executive in the Ontario Public Service, and formal clinical training in speech pathology – which provides her with a keen insight into the entire research to policy-making process.
Jane was also part of an IWH team that published From Research to Practice: A Knowledge Transfer Planning Guide presenting “how to get research into the hands of people who use it.” She regularly contributes to the knowledge mobilization process by working with both researchers and knowledge brokers who wish to advance our understanding about effective approaches to the transfer and mobilization of research knowledge.
Jane was responsible for ensuring that research findings generated from the Institute’s scientists are put into the hands of key decision-makers in a timely, accessible and useful manner. She worked closely with researchers, knowledge brokers and community stakeholders to establish best practices around issues of work and health.
Within the occupational health and safety field, Gibson and colleagues from the Centres of Research Expertise created the KTE Hub to share resources and networks of audiences to try to maximize the reach of the research findings to these key decision-makers.
Jane has also been a leader in developing a network of others who are involved or interested in knowledge mobilization. She and colleagues created a KTE Community of Practice (KTE CoP) – a group of professionals dedicated to discussing best practices, networking, and sharing information about what works best in KTE.
Jane is also nationally and internationally recognized for her work and experience in KTE/ Knowledge Mobilization having recently been interviewed for a podcast by Research Into Action (RIA) by the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Unfortunately, the podcast is only available to registered members on the websites of the KTExhange or the Ontario KTE CoP. (For a brief overview about Research Into Action see one of my previous blogs comparing RIA with other knowledge broker sites).
Jane Brenneman Gibson continues to be a major leader and contributor to Knowledge Mobilization and I am pleased to present her as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.
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March 11, 2011
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Melanie Barwick is a Registered Psychologist with a primary role as a Health Systems Scientist in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is an Associate Scientist and inaugural Director of Knowledge Translation in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of SickKids’ Research Institute, and holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Since joining SickKids in 2001 she has led Ontario’s outcome measurement initiative to implement an outcome measure in 117 children’s mental health service provider organizations across the province, requiring the reliability and clinical training of over 5,000 practitioners. Her team supports training, implementation, and data analysis for the province and service providers.
In this practice context she studies innovative health knowledge translation strategies and has developed the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training program. Melanie is the lead author of the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (SKTT) course and Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (KTPC). Her program of research is in implementation science. She is now funded to lead a 5-year CIHR Emerging Team in Knowledge Translation for Child and Youth Mental Health that will develop and evaluate an innovative implementation model to bring evidence based practices into both the children’s mental health and education sectors. Her program of research is in the areas of knowledge transfer, implementation science, and organizational change, with a particular focus on the transfer of evidence-based interventions and research to mental health practice and the development of innovative knowledge translation approaches.
Melanie consults to the child and youth mental health sector and is a regular contributor to the CBC Health Weekly Check Up, and is also actively involved as a member of the steering committee of the Ontario Knowledge Transfer & Exchange Community of Practice (KTE CoP).
Melanie Barwick is an experienced researcher and leader in Knowledge Mobilization, and I’m pleased to present her as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.
February 25, 2011
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Michael Johnny is one of Canada’s top and most respected university-based Knowledge Brokers. He is also Manager of the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit at York University. As a Knowledge Broker, Michael works as a bridge between researchers at York University and research stakeholders. Michael facilitates university outreach collaboration and knowledge mobilization within the community of York Region and Toronto. He helps create partnerships designed to support research to better inform public policy or professional practice. His background in literacy working at Toronto’s AlphaPlus Centre for the Deaf, Native, Francophone, and Anglophone communities has provided an excellent foundation for effective communication and bridging required to work with the diverse sectors of researchers and community stakeholders.
Michael’s work also extends beyond the university and York/Toronto region across Canada working with ResearchImpact – Canada’s Knowledge Mobilization network. Michael helped build the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York and the inclusion of six other Canadian universities (and growing) as part of the ResearchImpact network.
Also under Michael’s guidance at the KMb Unit, future policy-makers are trained by giving graduate students and post-doctoral fellows valuable experience working with a variety of stakeholders. The KMb Unit equips research trainees and their research collaborators with broader skill sets which they can then take into positions in the public, private, and voluntary sectors.
Apart from one of Michael’s hobbies mentioned in this KMbeing blog, some of his other passions (besides knowledge mobilization) include golf, cooking and red wine. See Michael’s description in his own words here.
Michael Johnny is one of the most genuinely friendly, kind and considerate people I know, and I’m please to present him as part of my series Featuring a Knowledge Mobilizer.
February 4, 2011
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Peter Levesque is the founder and managing Director of Knowledge Mobilization Institute (formerly known as Knowledge Mobilization Works) based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Knowledge Mobilization Institute is focused on serving clients in Ottawa, Toronto, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Peter has over ten years of experience working with governments, research institutes, and professional associations on issues of Knowledge Mobilization, including exchange, management, social media, transfer and translation.
Peter is recognized as a successful leader in promoting Knowledge Mobilization throughout North America.
His career has included serving as Deputy-Director of Knowledge Products and Mobilization at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as Knowledge Exchange Specialist at the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and as Chair of KMb at Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. His early career included success as an entrepreneur and community developer.
Peter is also an experienced speaker, facilitator, and writer on knowledge mobilization issues. He also has several informative YouTube videos relating to Knowledge Mobilization.
Peter is a Fellow at the British Columbia Law Institute at the University of British Columbia. He has been appointed as an Associate Practitioner of Social Innovation at SIG at the University of Waterloo. He is an appointed scholar at the Monieson Centre at the Business School at Queen’s University at Kingston. Peter lectures at the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Ottawa.
Other affiliations include the management committee of the Ontario Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice, an advisor to: DIALOG network at the INRS in Montreal, IPinCH project at Simon Fraser University, Conversation Works, and reviewer for the journal CES4Health.
You can also follow Peter Levesque’s Knowledge Mobilization Institute blog here or on Twitter @peterlevesque.
I’m pleased to present him as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.
January 28, 2011
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David Phipps is Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is responsible for the management and support of research services (research grants and contracts, technology and knowledge transfer); participates in strategic planning; negotiates research contracts and grants, manages research data and develops research performance measurements; ensures compliance with government policies and the University mandate.
He is also nationally and internationally recognized as a Knowledge Broker and actively involved in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) as a Knowledge Mobilizer.
David helped build the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York (along with a great KMb team), developing ResearchImpact – Canada’s knowledge mobilization network. David’s keen interest and involvement has taken KM from an early “pet project” of interest several years ago to participating and contributing today at both the national and international levels of knowledge brokering and policy making.
The KMb Units help to train future policy-makers and increase Canada’s number of highly qualified people (HQP) by giving graduate students and post-doctoral fellows valuable experience working with a variety of stakeholders. KMb equips research trainees and their research collaborators with broader skill sets which they can then take into positions in the public, private, and voluntary sectors.
Recently, David was instrumental in inviting The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to join ResearchImpact – as a truly national network recognizing both our English and French heritage – soon to be fully known and recognized as ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.
You can also follow the ResearchImpact blog MobilizeThis! here.
David has worked with other internationally recognized KMb leaders in the United States andacademics and KMb practitioners from London and Brighton U.K., Edinburgh Scotland, Ireland, Iceland and Norway.
He has also recently received a request for his KMb expertise from University Limpopo in South Africa.
David Phipps is an experienced leader in Knowledge Mobilization and I’m pleased to present him as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.