Supporting Knowledge Mobilization : From the roots to the fruits...

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2013 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum
Jérôme Elissalde – Research Office
Luc Dancause – Partnership and Innovation Support Office Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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Supporting Knowledge Mobilization : From the roots to the fruits...

  1. 1. Jérôme Elissalde – Research OfficeLuc Dancause – Partnership and Innovation Support OfficeUniversité du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2013 - Mississauga – June 3-4, 2013Supporting Knowledge Mobilization :From the roots to the fruits…
  2. 2. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMAn InitiativeUniversité du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)• Midsized comprehensive universitySeptember 2010 : Two professionals hired• Research Office• Partnership and Innovation Support OfficeChallenges• To better support research units• To increase the accessibility of expertise• To develop new ways to interact with partners…For 7 faculties and schoolsSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  3. 3. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMStakeholders perspectives– Researchers– Students– Research Unit Coordinators– University Support Staff– Executives– Partners– Granting agenciesChallenges• Doing KMb• SupportingKMbThinking• Beyond thesilosActing• Individually• Collectively• Institutionally
  4. 4. ACTIONS… AND PITFALLS
  5. 5. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMStimulating reflection on KMb at theinstitutional level• Actions– Collaborative events*– Website on KMb• Pitfalls– Not everybody is at the same level– Some people feel as if their approachand/or status is being questioned– Disciplinary barriersSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  6. 6. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMA collaborative KMb event81 people interested in KMb got together onNovember 23rd 2012• 6 faculties represented, 40 coordinators and otherresearch support staff, 15 researchers, 10 studentsworking as research assistants, 8 executives, 8partners…• Discussion on perceptions, needs and goals• Art of Hosting approachA simple event ? Rather an ongoing process !Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  7. 7. EXTERNALCOLLABORATIONSINTERNALCOLLABORATIONS• Communications Services• Student Services• Recruitment Services• Continuing EducationServicesPitfalls• Time consuming• Unknown pre-existingconnectionsSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  8. 8. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMCounseling and capacity developmentActions– Support for research projects andpartnerships– KMb planning tools– CoP – KMb and CommunicationsPitfalls– Finding the right tone– Finding the right format– Flying under the radarSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  9. 9. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMIdentifying and promoting research expertiseActions– Focus cards– Communications Services– Portraits of UQAM expertise in avariety of research areasPitfalls– Outdated or incomplete databases– Shortcomings of the system– Promoting only starsSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  10. 10. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMConnecting researchers and practitionersActions– Networking events– External demandsPitfalls– Organizations and researchers not working at the same rate– Fear of shaking hands with the devilSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  11. 11. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMFacing KMb challengesTo improve, stakeholders must get better at…• understanding• planning• communicating• collaborating• evaluatingSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  12. 12. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMWhat’s Next?Complex systemSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMPromoteSupport capacitydevelopmentSystematizeprocedures Formalize our workSupport creation ofnew research unitsProvide meetingspacesDevelop alliances(internal & external)Have fun !What’s Next?Shared vision, shared leadershipand responsibility
  13. 13. www.mdc.uqam.camdc@uqam.caTwitter: @mdc_uqamKnowledge Mobilization SupportUniversité du Québec à MontréalQuestions and Comments?Sign up!
  14. 14. www.mdc.uqam.ca
  15. 15. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMCreditsAll of the photos are under a Creative Commons license.Please contact us for details

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