We believe knowledge has a greater impact when it is shared and implemented. ResearchImpact, Canada's knowledge mobilization network, is a service-oriented program designed to connect university research with research users across Canada to ensure that research helps to inform decision-making.
Working from a grant awarded in 2005, University of Victoria, University of Saskatchewan, University of Guelph, York University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Memorial University have established Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Units that work to match researchers with key policy-makers in government, health, and social service agencies. Knowledge moblization uses methods of producer push, user pull, knowledge exchange and we extend those to include co-production where we support research based collaborations so that research can inform decisions about public policy and professional practice.
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.
See members of Project Teen Mom talk about the use of O3 to connect project team members from York University's LaMarsh Centre, the York Region Children's Aid Society and Kinark Child and Family Services.