On Wednesday, January 23, 2008, Dr. David Phipps presented to the KTE Community of Practice on York University’s Office of Research Services and its knowledge mobilization initiatives.
KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION INNOVATIONS
Dr. David J. Phipps
Director of the Office of Research Services, York University
Academic research in science and technology can lead to new products through technology transfer. Academic policy and practice relevant research can inform the development of more responsive public policies and more effective professional practice through knowledge mobilization. Funded by two federal grants and local support, York University is leading innovation in knowledge mobilization (KM). York’s KM Unit works closely with local governments and communities to better inform decisions about public policies and maximize social and economic impacts and benefits.
One of York University’s KM innovations is a partnership with the University of Victoria to pilot a national network of policy and practice relevant academic researchers who collaborate via university based knowledge brokers with government and community organizations from across the country. These knowledge mobilization partners are linked by the ResearchImpact web site and backed by a database with broadband and Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration across the country. This collaboration will enhance the public policy capacity of Canada allowing academic research to contribute to policy development of relevance to Canadians including science and technology, environment, security, social welfare, immigration and settlement, health, education, arts and culture.
In this meeting, Dr. Phipps spoke about KM at York, including tools, such as ResearchImpact, which have been developed to encourage enhanced exchange of knowledge and expertise between researchers and research users. Dr. Phipps will share some of their lessons learned in moving their KM initiatives forward.
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Why Should We Turn Research into Action?
At the CoP meeting, David made mention of the logic model he had developed to begin to think about measuring the impact of the knowledge mobilization efforts. A copy of this logic model is attached: KIS 2005 Logic Model
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