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Building A Knowledge Mobilization Strategy In The Research Process

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I was recently involved in a professional skills development day for graduate students, hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. After a session titled Building a Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Strategy presented by Michael Johnny, Manager of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University, I spoke with several grad students who had only vaguely heard of KMb. It seemed as if a light-bulb had suddenly brightened their thinking after the session as they began to understand and got excited about how to develop KMb strategies in their own research. One grad student confessed she had no idea that the KMb Unit existed at the university and it was available as a valuable research resource. It also never occurred to her to think of her research with a community engagement perspective.

This got me thinking about what are still the obstacles to building a knowledge mobilization strategy within the research process and how we can instill in future researchers the value of incorporating KMb strategies into research for social benefit.

Thankfully, many community-based and university-based research is now focused on incorporating knowledge mobilization strategies to improve the research process. Over the past decade as the field of KMb has emerged, a range of factors – including a need to improve community/university relations with greater community engagement and broader evidence-informed practice has led to a desire to deliver research with more inclusive collaboration and larger impact.

In many cases, knowledge mobilization has meant adopting new research methods that involve a variety of stakeholders – such as knowledge brokers, community organizations, business associates and policy-makers – as intermediaries, research partners, social innovators and receptors. Historical research methods have a limiting pathway to impact and some university/research institutions are still struggling to develop research with an integrated KMb approach.

Incorporating KMb into research methods is not always easy and takes time. There are many stakeholders to involve, a full range of needs to meet – including institutional demands – and often multifaceted academic and cultural concerns to take into consideration.

Knowledge mobilization is about institutional, cultural and strategic practices that must be considered to improve the research process within universities and communities. Universities and research institutions are now confronted with how to best develop and integrate successful KMb strategies – not only for faculty but also for student researchers as well. As mentioned, developing an effective KMb strategy takes time – which can be problematic when thinking about how best to incorporate such a strategy specific to the life cycle of a graduate student.

Problems incorporating a KMb strategy into the research process can include:

  • Varied research projects may not align with community engagement
  • A lack of interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration among researchers – sometimes due to internal politics and beliefs
  • Little understanding or knowledge of the value of KMb
  • A more competitive rather than cooperative view among researchers that excludes various stakeholders
  • No clear strategic research plan that incorporates KMb strategies at the outset of a research project
  • Poor quality of research with the use of out-of-date research methodologies
  • A lack of recognition and support for KMb strategies from academic leaders
  • Limited institutional and financial resources to establish KMb Units and knowledge brokers within the organization
  • Difficulty in changing work practices of faculty and students as well as staff within academia and community organizations

Universities and other research institutions can be very complex and competitive environments in which to develop and deliver evidence-based research with a focus on broader solutions and impact for real-world problems. The list of problems mentioned above need to be overcome when planning KMb strategies within the research process.

Most importantly, successful KMb strategies need to be supported by strong institutional leadership and are only successful if they are actually implemented by researchers and staff with active participation throughout the university/research institution. The challenge to gain sufficient implementation is by ensuring a broader understanding of KMb and establishing support services within the university/research institution. Without such critical support institutional research remains limited and of little value outside the institution.

This creates a considerable change in thinking about research projects. In practice it means that research projects must be carefully designed to incorporate KMb strategies from the outset to ensure the involvement of a variety of stakeholders to create the broadest impact and social benefit.

This includes:

  • Thinking about the value factors of the research for all stakeholders
  • Clear communication to all stakeholders about the purpose and benefits of the research project
  • Building momentum by including other researchers and community partners throughout the entire research process – including input and recognition in the publication and implementation of research findings

It’s not simply enough to improve KMb strategies within a handful of research projects within the university/institution. While this will deliver greater benefit from certain research projects it will not create the required cultural change within the institution or assist with gaining adoption by institutional leadership. While these may be valuable research projects it may be difficult to demonstrate the social benefit to university/institution management as a return on investment unless they can demonstrate how such research projects can also gain create opportunities for funding.

This is why inclusion and interaction with community, business and government stakeholders in the research process is essential as a vital link to also demonstrate social benefit within and beyond the institution as part of a return on investment. Delivering clear impact by incorporating KMb strategies into research projects involves identifying from the outset concrete social needs that must be met. This provides meaningful measurement of the research projects and value for the university/institution – and for society.

Research projects can target issues that are visible within society with solutions that are valuable to society. There is no single research project that will address and resolve all social problems. Wicked problems – as they are often referred to – are too complex to consider all the factors to overcome when planning and developing KMb strategies within research projects. The answer is to seek out collaborative research that can address such social problems from many angles with many stakeholders. This may mean letting go of a perfectly planned research approach in a timely manner to allow for a more adaptive and long-term research plan. This approach recognizes that there are hundreds or even thousands of often small, collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects that are needed to improve social conditions.

This is the crux of a KMb strategy – to implement research that involves a cross-pollination of university/research institution, community, business and government sectors to create social benefit and systems-change on a wider-scale.

Again, building a knowledge mobilization strategy within research in a complex and ever-changing world is not easy. The social and time challenges inherent in research projects that incorporate KMb strategies mean that new approaches at the researcher and university/institutional levels need to be taken if they are to be successful in creating social benefit from research. Social benefit from incorporating KMb strategies into research is taking place with clear examples of social innovation and benefit occurring. Homeless Hub, Green Economy Centre, Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, and Toronto’s Heat Registry are several examples.

Building a knowledge mobilization strategy into the research process means thinking about doing research differently than that done in the past. It means involving a wider range of stakeholders, and getting buy-in from university/institution leadership to create not just internal benefit but external benefit. It means thinking about value as not just a financial return on investment but a social return on investment that can lead to financial and social benefit on a wider-scale for researchers and society today and tomorrow.

Thanks for Putting Research to Work at The 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

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Another successful Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum took place on June 9th and 10th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The theme of the 2014 Forum was Putting Research to Work: Social & Economic Innovations – and lived up to its name as an effective gathering of knowledge workers and learners who exchanged valuable ideas and visions of ways to put our knowledge into practice for social & economic benefit.

I was busy creating a draft of the final report – you can link to it here. (I also drafted last yea’rs report and you can view the 2013 report here).

Tremendous thanks again goes to Peter Levesque, CEO of Knowledge Mobilization Works and President of the non-profit Institute for Knowledge Mobilization – which is now the host organization and organizer of the Forum. Each year Peter’s drive and energy to bring together a wide-range of attendees from across Canada and around the world pays off. Thanks also to David Phipps, Executive Director of Research and Innovation Services at York University who worked with Peter to enlist the support of an extensive group of sponsors without whose generous support the forum could not take place.

David Phipps along with Amanda Clarke, Cathy Howe, Fleur McQueen Smith, Christine Provvidenza, Ashley Townley, Rick Riopelle and Bonnie Zink also deserve recognition for being on the planning committee to shape and guide the event.

A very special thanks goes to Colleen Christensen, Industrial Technology Advisor from the National Research Council who stepped up to the challenge of being this year’s Forum Chair. Colleen’s experience as a knowledge broker embedded in the practice of technology and innovation was an ideal person for this position. Colleen’s insight, comments and direction throughout the event helped keep the Forum running smoothly.

Many thanks to our Inspirational Speaker, Donald Nicholls, Director of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services with the Cree Regional Authority who spoke about using Knowledge to Create a Better Future for Cree Youth; our Experiential Speaker, Shauna Kingsnorth, Evidence to Care Lead & Clinical Study Investigator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital who shared the success of the Evidence to Care program developed to mobilize childhood disability research into practice; our Leadership Speaker, Robert Haché, Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University who presented a great example of building a culture of knowledge mobilization; and our Action Speaker, Michelle Gagnon, Vice-President of Norlien Foundation and Senior Program Manager of Alberta Family Wellness Initiative who shared a valuable example of how their innovation has helped build the foundation for healthier children, families and communities.

Special thanks also to Cathy Howe who travelled from London, U.K., and was this year’s Chair of the first UK Knowledge Mobilization Forum (helping the Canadian Forum branch out and build a growing international KMb community). Thanks to Cathy and the generous efforts of Sue Cragg who both helped facilitate and create genuine connections at our KMb Innovation and Value Creation World Cafés. (A complete bio of our speakers and facilitators can be found by following this link).

Most importantly, a huge thanks to all of the people who attended this year’s event. Each year the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum builds on the momentum of previous years and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Forum in Montreal!

Storytelling, Social Media, Equity, Knowledge Mobilization & Donuts!

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Sharing knowledge by telling a story can make a presentation, blog or conversation more interesting. Why?

When I was five years old, I was hit by a car. I fractured my collar-bone and was unconscious for nearly 48 hours. Doctors feared that I would suffer brain damage due to the impact of hitting my head against the pavement after being thrown forward by the force of the car. Fortunately, I was wearing one of those Sherlock Holmes-style winter hats for kids that my mother thought looked so cute on me. Thankfully, the hat cushioned the blow. I recovered, but my skull – though healed – still has a fracture line that I can run my fingers along.

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I blame free donuts as the reason why I was hit by a car.

I crossed the busy street because it was the grand opening of a donuts shop – and I wanted free donuts. Being five years old, I wasn’t really paying attention to traffic and more to the opportunity for free donuts…and…bam…thrown in the air to land on the pavement into unconsciousness.

What’s interesting about this story is that you are more likely to be able to visualize this incident and remember the details of the story with its connection to free donuts because of an emotional connection you’ve made to the knowledge I’ve shared. You would probably be less likely to do so if I simply presented this story with a list of strict facts:

  • I was five years old
  • I was hit by a car
  • There were free donuts

Since the very first days of tribal story telling, exchanging knowledge through stories has been one of our most fundamental communication methods. We all enjoy a good story. Ask any teacher and they will tell you that using stories to share knowledge is a much more effective way of retaining what’s being told. There’s also a neurological reason for it as well. When we are given information, the language processing parts in our brain are activated. When we hear a story many more parts of the brain respond. When a person shares knowledge through a story we connect intellectually and emotionally.

Sharing knowledge through storytelling is still very much a part of Aboriginal culture. I was reminded of this at a three-day Knowledge Exchange (KE) Training event this past week attended by Regional KE leaders and team members from across the province of Ontario. Day one of the KE training focused on marginalized populations and how to engage with these various groups, such as those that are homeless, of low-income, racialized minorities, Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit), or from LGBT communities who are marginalized based on sexual orientation or gender diversity. A session focusing on the use of the Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool (HEIA) presented how this tool can be used to identify and address potential unintended health impacts (positive or negative) when developing a policy, program or initiative with specific population groups.

I can certainly see the potential of incorporating HEIA into a knowledge mobilization (KMb) strategy as it helps us better understand context and equity. Yet, a broader and still underused knowledge mobilization tool to include the knowledge of marginalized populations is social media.

At the KE Training Event, I spoke with several knowledge brokers about how I use social media – particularly Twitter – as an effective knowledge mobilization tool. I was surprised to hear that many knowledge exchange leaders at the event are still not using social media as part of their own knowledge exchange work. Certainly, EENet, the Evidence Exchange Network is one step forward in using social media as a knowledge exchange tool. Yet, as I wrote in an earlier blog, the greater potential of using Twitter as a knowledge mobilization tool is still not clearly understood.

One of the more enjoyable presentations of the KE Training event was from closing keynote speaker David Phipps – a person who knows how to tell a great story to share knowledge. One of David’s MobilizeThis! blogs is a great example of the power of story telling using social media for knowledge mobilization. In David’s engaging presentation, he illustrated how understanding context is essential for effective knowledge mobilization.

Fundamentally, Knowledge Exchange, Knowledge Mobilization, Translation, Implementation, K* (K-Star) – whatever you want to call it  – is about connecting the knowledge of PEOPLE. Each group has their own stories to tell in their own context – and each group can share knowledge through these stories. Knowledge doesn’t always have to be packaged in a formal, academic presentation or format. Sometimes simply being open-minded enough to listen to another person’s story – particularly those who are marginalized in our society – can be a powerful way of sharing and mobilizing knowledge.

But how do we engage marginalized populations using social media to better understand their context when some may not even have access to a computer? Or – more importantly – how can knowledge brokers collaborate with these often unheard voices and use social media for more effective knowledge mobilization?

One way that comes to mind is through digital storytelling.

I think of another great storyteller, Peter Levesque from Knowledge Mobilization Works, who also uses story telling as a KMb tool. Peter points to digital storytelling as “one of the MOST important forms of knowledge mobilization available to community-based organizations and citizens”. Peter uses a specific example of Aboriginal storytelling combined with digital technology as an effective method for understanding context, and conveying these stories through social media.

Additional examples of using social media for great and effective digital storytelling can be found at MindYourMind and HomelessHub who use both YouTube  and Twitter as knowledge mobilization tools.

As someone who strongly believes in the power of social media for knowledge mobilization, I see the combination of storytelling by marginalized communities using social media to convey context as an essential knowledge mobilization tool. If you’re a knowledge broker – how well are you incorporating this equity tool into your knowledge mobilization strategy?

Now, for some reason…I feel like having a donut!

Jack Layton: A Political Knowledge Mobilizer

This week Canada and the world lost a great, inspirational leader and politician – Jack Layton. There has been extensive media coverage and many other bloggers and tweeters used social media to convey their sense of loss.  Even those who never voted for this personable and inclusive politician were moved by Jack’s human touch and vision of how polite a political and human arena can be – reminding us of the common human roots of the world of politics in the word polite. That was Jack Layton – a polite, courageous and truly likeable politician and human being.

Right to the end as cancer was cutting short the work of someone I consider a political knowledge mobilizer, Jack Layton’s message of love, hope and optimism – in his letter written just two days before his death – resonates with those who understand our human connectedness throughout the world. Jack’s message is not just for Canadians – but for everyone on this planet.

I am fortunate to have had a very small but personal connection to Jack Layton. Several years ago during one of his early poltical campaign trails, Jack and his equally inclusive wife (and now courageous widow) Olivia Chow stopped by to kick off a season-opener of a gay softball team I was part of – introducing themselves to each of us with more than just the usual political handshaking. Coincidentally, the next day Jack was a passenger on the Ottawa flight I was working as an Air Canada flight attendant and actually recognized me from the day before. What is even more interesting is that my flight schedule seemed to coincide with his campaign stops as I met him again in the elevator of my Vancouver layover hotel that evening!  A couple of days later when he walked into the gym of the Edmonton hotel I was staying in and onto the treadmill beside me, I turned to Mr. Layton and jokingly said, “Jack you have to stop stalking me!” We both laughed, and I realized just how much of a genuinely inclusive, humorous and down-to-earth political and knowledge leader he really was.  Jack Layton always took the time to see and share with the ordinary to make things extraordinary. To recognize the value of sharing our knowledge at all levels to make the world a better place.

Following Jack Layton’s inclusive leadership and humanity – do you take a few minutes each day to mobilize knowledge?  If you do, you will discover a great benefit – your own “ordinary” or everyday knowledge will begin to make a difference for other “everyday” people. Little snippets of your own personal knowledge that previously went unnoticed or you feel might not have any benefit will begin to make a difference to others – and begin to change the world – even in some small way. You’ll be more easily satisfied, and happier all around. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong with our world, you’ll find yourself thinking about and more fully aware of how we might create greater social benefit. That is what knowledg mobilization is all about – and that is what Jack Layton’s final message is all about. The world won’t change overnight, but you’ll start to notice the little moments of your own knowledge mobilization can begin to make a difference if they stem from love, hope and optimism.

Jack Layton considered himself just an  “ordinary”  person and politician – but he was truly extraordinary – clearly the reason for such outpouring and grief over his death, and inspiration for the celebration of his life.  Jack saw that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the “ordinary” – with “everyday” knowledge – with the things that we see and experience each day.  What’s important is always sharing, mobilizing this ordinary and everyday knowledge for social benefit.

Life is in itself extraordinary.  We have been blessed with a lifetime of experiences and people and things, yet we are often afraid or too busy to take the time to share our own knowledge with others.  We always seem to be waiting for something “better” to happen or someone else to share “better” knowledge – when we can be knowledge mobilizers ourselves to make the world a better place.

Jack Layton’s letter has been called a manifesto of social democracy – urging each of us to make the world a better place. It truly is all up to you, how you choose to be a knowledge mobilizer – and how you choose to see the world, the people in it, and the knowledge that we’ve all been given.

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

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Melanie Barwick

Melanie Barwick 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.

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Michael Johnny

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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 liason 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.

Some of Michael’s 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.

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Peter Levesque

Peter Levesque is the founder and Director of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and CEO of Knowledge Mobilization Works based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  The Institute for Knowledge Mobilization is focused on serving a variety of clients in a variety of sectors.  Peter has over twelve 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.

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: David Phipps

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 KMb 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.

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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.

David was instrumental in inviting The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Université de Montréal to join ResearchImpact – as a truly national network recognizing both our English and French heritage – now recognized as ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche is now a ten Canadian university Knowledge Mobilization network that includes Memorial University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université de Montréal, Carleton University, York University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Saskatchewan, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the University of Victoria.

You can also follow the ResearchImpact blog MobilizeThis! here.

David has worked with other internationally recognized KMb leaders in the United States and academics and KMb practitioners from London and Brighton U.K., Edinburgh Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Vanuatu, Ghana and Argentina.

David is also one of the recipients of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in promoting Knowledge Mobilization.

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.