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

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Jane Brenneman Gibson

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.

Other Knowledge Mobilizers on Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer:

David Phipps

Peter Levesque

Michael Johnny

Melanie Barwick

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