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Competencies for research impact professionals


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presentation to UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum June 11, 2016 on competencies for knowledge brokers

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Competencies for research impact professionals

  1. 1. Development of a framework for knowledge mobilisation and impact competencies Julie Bayley, Coventry University, UK David Phipps, York University, Toronto, Canada Monica Batac, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada Ed Stevens, University of Bath, UK
  2. 2. 1. Identify and select frameworks: • commercialization competency frameworks were excluded focus on university based knowledge brokers 2. Collation and qualitative synthesis of frameworks  final set 3. Survey 4. Analysis (underway) 5. Self Assessment Tool (to come)
  3. 3. 1. Identification and selection of frameworks Melanie Barwick Ed Stevens Megan Harris Anne Wales
  4. 4. 2. Collation and qualitative synthesis 94  80 competencies  11 categories • Wording modified to produce discrete, action based statements • Ongoing iteration within team to: • Agree categorisation • Agree competency wording
  5. 5. 3. Final competency set 80 competencies in 11 categories A. Change management B. Communication C. Creating, sourcing and synthesising (research) knowledge D. Evaluating impact of KT E. Facilitating and negotiating F. Leading, managing and driving KT G. Managing legal issues and IP H. Managing partnerships/relationships I. Networking and engaging stakeholders J. Training and capacity building K. Understanding, creating and using KT tools, products and practices
  6. 6. Sample
  7. 7. 49% 23% 18% 7% 3% Organisation type University Non-academic institution Other Academic research hospital Other academic institution ‘Other’ includes independent consultants, non profit organisations, government departments and research networks
  8. 8. 46% 34% 8% 5% 5% 2% Country Canada UK USA Africa Europe Australia / Pacific region
  9. 9. 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 KMb non- commercial Impact planning/strategy Impact evidence capture Public Engagement Impact info management KMb Commercial Impact directly supporting REF Other Frequency Job function
  10. 10. 1. Internal communication skills 2. Developing and maintaining professional relationships 3. Working in teams, communities and networks 4. Managing multiple conversations 5. External communication skills 6. Active listening 7. Organizational link: acting as a connection point to your organisation 8. Facilitating sharing of knowledge 9. Partnership and relationship management skills and processes 10. Reporting and presenting knowledge
  11. 11. 1. Intellectual property skills and management 2. Commercialization techniques: skills and knowledge in commercializing research 3. Managing legal issues related to knowledge translation 4. Licensing and patents 5. Conducting deals and decision making in legal and commercial activities 6. Conducting valuations of technologies/business/IP 7. Setting up or supporting spin off / start-up businesses
  12. 12. 1. Broad partnership and communication skills crucial 2. Commercial and legal skills are niche; highly relevant only for those whose role focuses on this. 3. Very broad range of organisations, job types, job functions, job titles: ‘One size does not fit all’ 4. Internationally relevant 5. Competencies appear to split between: 1) Core [needed by all working in KMb space]; 2) Specialised [highly focused expertise in specific areas]
  13. 13. Self Assessment Tool
  14. 14. Self Assessment tool • Translate competencies and findings into a self assessment tool • Support: • Individual self assessment • Training needs assessment (CPD) • Performance management • Focus on identifying strong core skills PLUS specialisms needed • Core skills for everyone • Specific skills from people who have similar roles • Pick and chose unique skills from all competencies
  15. 15. Unacceptable Acceptable Ineffective Effective
  16. 16. Thank you