Services

The Centre provides services supporting project evaluation, knowledge mobilization and measurement.

Knowledge Mobilization Services for Researchers and Active Living Organizations

The Centre works with researchers and active living organizations to disseminate research and project findings that may impact public policy, professional practice, programming, and our understanding of issues related to physical activity participation. The Centre can provide various types of knowledge mobilization services including:

  • connecting you with community, government or other partners to work with
  • connecting you with practitioners, health promoters or decision-makers that can use your research
  • developing products to share your research findings with different audiences (i.e., infographics, presentations, reports, briefs, newsletters, educational materials, etc.)
  • hosting events where you can share your research findings (i.e., workshops, meetings, webinars, etc.)
  • identifying different strategies to share your findings (i.e., social media, listservs, etc.)
  • helping you identify and communicate the key messages and practical implications of your work for different audiences
  • evaluating knowledge mobilization activities

Here are some sample knowledge mobilization products:

Infographic Examples
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in Alberta, 2015Infographic: Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in Alberta, 2015 New Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Child Care Standards (2014)Infographic: New Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Child Care Standards 2014 Physical Activity in After-school Programs (2012)Infographic: Physical Activity in After-school Programs 2012
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Report Examples
Alberta Walking Survey: A Concise Report (2013)Alberta Walking Survey: A Concise Report 2013 Built Environment Edmonton Project: Exploring Residents’ Perceptions of Neighbourhood Environments (2010)
Built Environment Edmonton Project: Exploring Residents’ Perceptions of Neighbourhood Environments 2010
33 pages, PDF 8 pages, PDF

Our Knowledge Translation Specialist is available to discuss your knowledge mobilization needs. Please contact the Centre at [email protected] for more information.

What is Knowledge Mobilization?

The concept of knowledge mobilization was introduced by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRC) as a method of improving the uptake and utilization of knowledge gained from research. Other funders have followed this lead and incorporated a knowledge mobilization plan for their grant applications. Knowledge mobilization is basically getting the right information to the right people in the right format at the right time as to influence decision making and practice (Levesque, 2009).

Knowledge Mobilization:

Knowledge mobilization is the umbrella term that has been defined slightly differently by different funding agencies. For example,

  • SSHRC: Moving knowledge into active service for the broadest possible common good;
  • CIHR: The process from the creation of evidence to its ultimate impact.
  • Knowledge mobilization is composed of the following concepts: knowledge translation, knowledge exchange, knowledge brokering, and dissemination.

Knowledge Translation:

Knowledge Translation a process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve health, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system.

This process takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users which may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user. (Canadian Institute of Health Research, 2013)

Knowledge Exchange:

Knowledge exchange is collaborative problem-solving between researchers, practitioners and decision makers that happens through linkage.

Effective knowledge exchange involves interaction between decision makers and researchers and results in mutual learning through the process of planning, producing, disseminating, and applying existing or new research in practice and decision-making. (Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, 2013).

Knowledge Brokering:

Knowledge brokers mediate between researchers and user communities (Jacobson et al., 2003).

Brokering is ultimately about supporting evidence-based decision-making in the organization, management, and delivery of health services (Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, 2013).

Dissemination:

Dissemination is the targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific audience.

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