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October 30, 2020
U of R team receives funding to help researchers learn best practices in knowledge mobilization
Keywords: Education, Knowledge
Thanks to funding from Research Impact Canada, the Community Engagement and Research Centre (CERC) and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) are joining forces to educate researchers on disseminating research findings more effectively and widely.
“One of the biggest complaints we receive from groups we work with is that research coming from the university is not created or distributed in formats that are meaningful, relevant and accessible to community organizations and decision-makers who are in a position to act upon the findings and recommendations,” said project lead Dr. Lynn Gidluck, CERC Community Director.
Emilie Kossick is CIPSRT’s Knowledge Manager. She said CIPSRT is pleased to be partnering with CERC on this project.
“Partnering with community organizations to create meaningful change should be the priority of all researchers. We hope this project will provide researchers with the tools to share their research in ways that are meaningful to the community, and empower community partners to ask for what they need from researchers.”
The project has three primary goals:
- To equip both community and campus partners who conduct community-based research (CBR) with knowledge of how to collaborate more effectively to co-create knowledge mobilization strategies and impactful communications outputs from their research findings;
- To identify the outputs and strategies most useful for decision-makers and communities, with particular focus on marginalized groups;
- To produce and freely share accessible, practical templates that can be easily customized to create communication products identified as most relevant to policymakers and change agents.
The $21,000 grant will allow the research team to survey the community about knowledge mobilization needs, create a series of webinars in January 2021 where templates and examples of best practices for most commonly used and effective knowledge translation efforts will be shared.
“We would like to thank the Vice President of Research and the Office of Research Services for their leadership in purchasing a membership for the University of Regina in Research Impact Canada (RIC),” said Dr. Amber Fletcher, CERC Academic Director. “This funding from RIC will allow the University of Regina to play a major role in the national conversation around how universities can maximize their research impact through effective use and development of knowledge mobilization tools and practices.”
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