What is Knowledge Mobilization?
University researchers produce a lot of knowledge in every field, but to make an impact, it needs to be discoverable and usable. Knowledge mobilization (also called knowledge transfer, translation or exchange) refers to a wide range of activities that bring research to people who can use it, learn from it, co-create it, disseminate it or build upon it. These activities may be designed to inform policy, practice or decision making; to improve services; or to advance academic dialogue and theory.
Examples of knowledge mobilization activities include:
- Holding a workshop to teach frontline service providers evidence-based techniques.
- Producing a plain-language report for policy makers.
- Creating an interactive website with useful information for the public.
- Creating and distributing a toolkit to help community organizations navigate challenges.
- Holding a conference to bring together academics and industry executives so they can learn from each other.
- Designing a research project in collaboration with a community organization, to meet its needs and goals.
- Offering a lecture series for the general public.
- Developing an app to help immigrants find the resources they need.
- Holding a design charrette in collaboration with a municipality so residents of a neighbourhood can participate in land-use planning.
- Appearing as a guest expert on a television news show.
- Producing an infographic and disseminating it through social media.
- Putting on a theatre performance.
- Co-creating a fact sheet for community organizations to distribute to their clients.
- Producing a podcast series.
How Laurier Works to Mobilize Knowledge
Laurier provides numerous resources to help researchers get their knowledge out into the world. These include:
- Hosting workshops on topics such as effective social media, writing knowledge mobilization plans and clear language summary writing.
- Providing communications and media relations services to publicize events, research results and Laurier experts.
- Helping researchers create effective knowledge mobilization plans for grant applications and research programs.
- Training and supporting faculty and students to implement knowledge mobilization plans.
- Hosting and managing Scholars Commons @Laurier, Laurier’s open-access institutional repository.
- Facilitating partnerships between researchers and organizations in the community, government and industry.