Research Impact & Knowledge Mobilization

Researchers are encouraged to consider the outputs (short term results like publications, presentations, knowledge mobilization products, etc.), outcomes (e.g., number of people using research findings, policies developed, etc.) and broader impacts (e.g., academic impact such as advancing scientific methods, and/or economic and societal impact such as benefits to individuals, organizations or nations, etc.) of their work throughout research projects.

Such research impacts are achieved through a clear process, which typically resembles a feedback loop as show in Figure 1 below.

Adapted from Research Impact Canada Co-Produced Pathway to Impact, and CSIRO Impact Framework

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)/knowledge translation (KT), which focuses on the movement of knowledge into the hands of those that can use it to make informed decisions and inform practice/behaviours, is a key lever within the research impact process.

Research impact and knowledge mobilization support at Brock

Below is a list of support services and external resources related to research impact, KMb, integrating impact plans into funding applications and showcasing the outputs of research. Click on each heading to expand the section and learn more.

For more information on any of these services and resources, please email KMb@brocku.ca.

Email KMb@brocku.ca to book a consultation regarding KMb/KT sections or research impact planning for research funding applications.

Digital communication is a key aspect of many KMb plans/projects. We provide the following services to support researchers in mobilizing their findings through digital channels.

– Lab-based training is available on specific digital communication methods (e.g., creating effective infographics, using Canva, etc.)

– Digital communication consultations to develop a digital communication strategy.

Email KMb@brocku.ca to learn more about either of these services

Knowledge Mobilization Workshop

The Office of Research Services offers a free 7-week workshop on KMb. This interactive workshop is meant to be an introduction to the world of KMb. The workshop is designed for faculty, librarians, post-doctoral fellows and students who are interested in learning more about KMb, research impact and how these fit within their current educational and professional goals. During the workshop, participants will work through lessons on the various areas of KMb via pre-recorded presentations and weekly live discussions. Please note that this workshop is not for credit and involves roughly 3-4 hours of participation per week (2-3 hours to watch recorded presentations and 1 hour for a live discussion session). See below for the upcoming workshop sessions – Space in the workshop is limited, so pre-registration is required.

– Fall 2023 – The KMb Workshop will run from the week of October 16, 2023, until the week of November 27, 2023, with live sessions occurring on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.

– Winter 2024 – Dates TBD

To learn more or sign-up for the workshop please email jmorrish@brocku.ca.

Science Communication Modules

Through funding from an NSERC Science Communication Grant, Brock’s VPMI (in collaboration with staff from the Research Enterprise) has created a series of 3 modules and accompanying worksheets designed to advance the science communication skills of highly qualified personnel. These modules and worksheets provide “how to” guidance for creating different types of science communication deliverables – namely a graphical abstract, a written article in plain language and a podcast (with consideration of targeting each for a specific relevant audience).

Modules are expected to be released in mid-2023. Please email KMb@brocku.ca to be placed on a notifications list for when the modules are available.

Building Better Research Series

Brock University Library and the Office of Research Services bring you the Building Better Research (BBR) Series. Geared to faculty members, graduate students, and researchers across campus, the BBR Series offers current and timely support in a complex and evolving research environment.

Many BBR sessions involve a component of KMb. For a full listing of upcoming BBR series please visit https://brocku.ca/library/workshops/building-better-research/.

Knowledge Mobilization Related Programs and Courses at Brock

See below for a list of KMb related programs and courses available at Brock

BASc in Earth and Planetary Science Communication

KINE 4P90 – Knowledge Translation in Kinesiology

AHSC 5P52 – Knowledge Mobilization for Health Researchers

If you are aware of other services, programs or courses not listed here, please email KMb@brocku.ca to have them added.

The Office of Research Services supports and maintains a Brock Research Impact Learning Network – comprised of faculty, staff and students who are interested in coming together and learning about/discussing different topics in research impact and KMb. The Research Impact Learning Network meets roughly 4 times per year in Brock’s Digital Collaboratory space, and the meetings are interactive presentations/discussions on various topics.

Upcoming dates/topics for Research Impact Learning Network meetings:

Coming soon!

To learn more or join the Research Impact Learning Network email KMb@brocku.ca.

Brock’s Research Enterprise Speaker Series is a regular series of presentations designed to connect and engage with the community, practitioners, and industry regarding research that is going on at Brock University. See below for a listing of our upcoming and previous events.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events (RSVP is required and registration forms are available via the links below)

Coming soon!

Past Speaker Series Events (recordings of each event are available via the links below)

Coming soon!

To receive email updates when new speaker series events are scheduled please email KMb@brocku.ca

Below, you will find some literature and resources relevant to knowledge mobilization and research impact.

Videos:

Coming soon

KMb/KT at the Tri-Agencies:

Knowledge Mobilization at SSHRC

Knowledge Translation at CIHR

KMb/KT Planning Templates:

CIHR – Knowledge to Action http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/documents/kt_lm_ktplan-en.pdf

Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research http://www.knaer-recrae.ca/knowledge-mobilization/knaer-resources

Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions http://www.kmbtoolkit.ca

Growing Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) in Ontario – University of Guelph –https://www.uoguelph.ca/alliance/system/files/Growing_KTT_in_Ontario_Manual_of_Best_Practices.pdf

Institute for Work & Health – From Research to Practice: A knowledge transfer planning guide – https://www.iwh.on.ca/tools-and-guides/from-research-to-practice-kte-planning-guide

Institut National Dr Santé Publique Du Québec (INSPQ) – Knowledge Translation Planning Tool –  https://www.inspq.qc.ca/pdf/publications/1628_TC_OutilElaborationPlan_AN.pdf   

              This INSPQ related article has some guidelines for creating KMb/KT plans https://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12961-016-0118-z

Government of Canada – Knowledge Translation Planner – https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/about-health-canada/reports-publications/grants-contributions/knowledge-transfer-planner.html

Relevant Publications:

Cathy Bruce; Bradley Maclean; Connor Loughlean; Dana Capell; David Hobson; David Phipps; Doug Knox; Elizabeth Shantz; Farzana Crocco; Jason Muloongo; Jayne Morrish; Jessica Bowes; Jim Banting; Julie Gregory; Katrina Keefer; Les Jacobs; Margo Langford; Michelle Stringer; Shawna Reibling; Stephanie Whitney; and Steve De Brabandere. (2022). Knowledge Management and Communication. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/knowledgemanagement/ 

Greenhalgh, T., Jackson, C., Shaw, S., & Janamian, T. (2016). Achieving research impact through co‐creation in community‐based health services: literature review and case study. The Milbank Quarterly, 94(2), 392-429. – https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdfdirect/10.1111/1468-0009.12197

Grimshaw, J. M., Eccles, M. P., Lavis, J. N., Hill, S. J., & Squires, J. E. (2012). Knowledge translation of research findings. Implementation science, 7(1), 1-17. – https://implementationscience.biomedcentral.com/counter/pdf/10.1186/1748-5908-7-50.pdf

Law, M. P., Muhl, C., McElhone, S., Smith, R. W., Patte, K. A., Khowaja, A., Hannell, S., James, L., Rowe, R. K., Orlando, E., Morrish, J., Mechelse, K., James, N., Mateus, L., & Magier, M. (2022). Driving change in the health sector: An integrated approach. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pu – Chapter 4 of this resource specifically speaks to knowledge mobilization/translation

Ninomiya, M. E. M., Maddox, R., Brascoupé, S., Robinson, N., Atkinson, D., Firestone, M., … & Smylie, J. (2022). Knowledge translation approaches and practices in Indigenous health research: a systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 114898. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953622002040

Penfield, T., Baker, M. J., Scoble, R., & Wykes, M. C. (2014). Assessment, evaluations, and definitions of research impact: A review. Research evaluation, 23(1), 21-32. – https://academic.oup.com/rev/article/23/1/21/2889056

Phipps, D., Pepler, D., Craig, W., Cummings, J., & Cardinal, S. (2016). The co-produced pathway to impact describes knowledge mobilization processes. – https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/31600

Smylie, J., Martin, C. M., Kaplan-Myrth, N., Steele, L., Tait, C., & Hogg, W. (2004). Knowledge translation and indigenous knowledge. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 63(sup2), 139-143. – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3402/ijch.v63i0.17877

Straus, S. E., Tetroe, J., & Graham, I. (2009). Defining knowledge translation. Cmaj, 181(3-4), 165-168. – https://www.cmaj.ca/content/181/3-4/165.short

Plain Language Communication resources and tools:

Warde, F., Papadakos, J., Papadakos, T., Rodin, D., Salhia, M., & Giuliani, M. (2018). Plain language communication as a priority competency for medical professionals in a globalized world. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 9(2), e52. – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6044302/

Writing resources—Plain language (Government of Canada) – https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/ressources-resources/ressources-resources/langue-claire-plain-language-eng

A Checklist to Review Documents: Plain Language Audit Tool – (Government of the Northwest Territories) – https://www.nwtliteracy.ca/sites/default/files/resources/136648a_nwt_literacy_audit_tool.pdf

Plain Language Tips & Examples (Web Editor Hub) – http://editorhub.phsa.ca/writing-style/write-for-the-web/plain-language-tips-examples

Science Writing Competition Guidelines (general plain language)- (Europe PubMed Central) – http://europepmc.org/docs/A2U_2014_plain_English_writing_guidance.pdf

Hemingway Editor – https://hemingwayapp.com/