Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

10 Ways to Promote Effective Knowledge Mobilization in Your Community

The following points were written by Christopher Wilson & Associates in 2008, but still contribute to effective Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) today by presenting the importance of developing Communities of Practice (CoP) – whether initially online or in person.
I suggest that online CoPs need to be developed but it’s important to recognize the value of extending online CoPs to face-to-face networking opportunities that inlcude in-person meetings, workshops, conferences.

2 responses to “10 Ways to Promote Effective Knowledge Mobilization in Your Community

  1. researchimpact March 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for posting this. I haven’t seen it before even though it is not a recent document. I am delighted to read something that is so grounded in common sense and reflects so much of what we have learned and now practice in our KMb work at ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche. Angie Hart (Cupp, U Brighton) bases her work in Community of Practice theory just as Christopher Wilson does here. We are exploring that direction but looking at an emerging CoP for knowledge brokering to support and inform our practice as knowledge brokers. The collaborations we support through our KMb practice are not always integral members (frequently not even peripheral members) of our CoP but our CoP of brokers informs our work and makes up better brokers better able to serve the needs of the research and policy/practice communities we serve.

    That might seem to ramble. It’s early morning as I type this…more caffeine please….

    Nonetheless it differentiates our CoP of brokers from the CoP that Christopher Wilson is speaking about. He is advocating practicing KMb within a CoP. That’s not necessarily wrong but sounds more theoretical than practical Our brokers’ CoP informs our KMb practice which is implemented with stakeholders who are usually not part of our brokers CoP.

    • KMbeing March 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that Christopher Wilson’s understanding of the importance of developing a Community of Practice (CoP) for better knowledge mobilization is grounded in common sense. It’s my hope that others seeking to understand how CoPs can be an effective part of knowledge mobilization – or even newly learn about CoPs – will find these 10 tips useful.
      Angie Hart’s work in Brighton, UK has always been an outstanding example of effective community-university collaboration based on CoP theory. I can see where the CoP perspective used by both Wilson and Hart do not necessarily reflect that of your CoP brokers – as knowledge brokers are “boundary spanners” as Hart likes to call them. Such boundary spanners may find themselves dealing with many different stakeholders on many different issues within many different communities of practice. Although both Wilson’s & Hart’s understanding of CoPs may not necessarily fit within the CoP of brokers within ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, the importance of developing CoPs remains an important part of knowledge mobilization – however they are developed beyond the theoretical to the practical for effective knowledge mobilization.

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