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:
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|Physical Activity in Alberta, 2017|| What Can You do Today to Improve the Accessibility of Your Facility? (2015)
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|Benefits of Active Transportation (2017)||Workplace Physical Activity Policy (2016)
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|Physical Activity in the Workplace Resource Compilation (2015)
||Alberta Walking Survey: A Concise Report (2013)|
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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 is the umbrella term that has been defined slightly differently by different funding agencies. For example,
Knowledge mobilization is composed of the following concepts: knowledge translation, knowledge exchange, knowledge brokering, and dissemination.
Knowledge Translation is 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 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 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 is the targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific audience.