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Jérôme Elissalde – Research Office
Luc Dancause – Partnership and Innovation Support Office
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2013 - Mississauga – June 3-4, 2013
Supporting Knowledge Mobilization :
From the roots to the fruits…
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
An Initiative
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
• Midsized comprehensive university
September 2010 : Two professionals hired
• Research Office
• Partnership and Innovation Support Office
Challenges
• To better support research units
• To increase the accessibility of expertise
• To develop new ways to interact with partners
…For 7 faculties and schools
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Stakeholders perspectives
– Researchers
– Students
– Research Unit Coordinators
– University Support Staff
– Executives
– Partners
– Granting agencies
Challenges
• Doing KMb
• Supporting
KMb
Thinking
• Beyond the
silos
Acting
• Individually
• Collectively
• Institutionally
ACTIONS… AND PITFALLS
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Stimulating reflection on KMb at the
institutional level
• Actions
– Collaborative events*
– Website on KMb
• Pitfalls
– Not everybody is at the same level
– Some people feel as if their approach
and/or status is being questioned
– Disciplinary barriers
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
A collaborative KMb event
81 people interested in KMb got together on
November 23rd 2012
• 6 faculties represented, 40 coordinators and other
research support staff, 15 researchers, 10 students
working as research assistants, 8 executives, 8
partners…
• Discussion on perceptions, needs and goals
• Art of Hosting approach
A simple event ? Rather an ongoing process !
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
EXTERNAL
COLLABORATIONS
INTERNAL
COLLABORATIONS
• Communications Services
• Student Services
• Recruitment Services
• Continuing Education
Services
Pitfalls
• Time consuming
• Unknown pre-existing
connections
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Counseling and capacity development
Actions
– Support for research projects and
partnerships
– KMb planning tools
– CoP – KMb and Communications
Pitfalls
– Finding the right tone
– Finding the right format
– Flying under the radar
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Identifying and promoting research expertise
Actions
– Focus cards
– Communications Services
– Portraits of UQAM expertise in a
variety of research areas
Pitfalls
– Outdated or incomplete databases
– Shortcomings of the system
– Promoting only stars
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Connecting researchers and practitioners
Actions
– Networking events
– External demands
Pitfalls
– Organizations and researchers not working at the same rate
– Fear of shaking hands with the devil
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Facing KMb challenges
To improve, stakeholders must get better at…
• understanding
• planning
• communicating
• collaborating
• evaluating
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
What’s Next?
Complex system
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
Promote
Support capacity
development
Systematize
procedures Formalize our work
Support creation of
new research units
Provide meeting
spaces
Develop alliances
(internal & external)
Have fun !
What’s Next?
Shared vision, shared leadership
and responsibility
www.mdc.uqam.ca
mdc@uqam.ca
Twitter: @mdc_uqam
Knowledge Mobilization Support
Université du Québec à Montréal
Questions and Comments?
Sign up!
www.mdc.uqam.ca
Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
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Supporting Knowledge Mobilization :From the roots to the fruits…

  • 1. Jérôme Elissalde – Research Office Luc Dancause – Partnership and Innovation Support Office Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2013 - Mississauga – June 3-4, 2013 Supporting Knowledge Mobilization : From the roots to the fruits…
  • 2. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM An Initiative Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) • Midsized comprehensive university September 2010 : Two professionals hired • Research Office • Partnership and Innovation Support Office Challenges • To better support research units • To increase the accessibility of expertise • To develop new ways to interact with partners …For 7 faculties and schools Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 3. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Stakeholders perspectives – Researchers – Students – Research Unit Coordinators – University Support Staff – Executives – Partners – Granting agencies Challenges • Doing KMb • Supporting KMb Thinking • Beyond the silos Acting • Individually • Collectively • Institutionally
  • 5. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Stimulating reflection on KMb at the institutional level • Actions – Collaborative events* – Website on KMb • Pitfalls – Not everybody is at the same level – Some people feel as if their approach and/or status is being questioned – Disciplinary barriers Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 6. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAMSoutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM A collaborative KMb event 81 people interested in KMb got together on November 23rd 2012 • 6 faculties represented, 40 coordinators and other research support staff, 15 researchers, 10 students working as research assistants, 8 executives, 8 partners… • Discussion on perceptions, needs and goals • Art of Hosting approach A simple event ? Rather an ongoing process ! Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 7. EXTERNAL COLLABORATIONS INTERNAL COLLABORATIONS • Communications Services • Student Services • Recruitment Services • Continuing Education Services Pitfalls • Time consuming • Unknown pre-existing connections Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 8. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Counseling and capacity development Actions – Support for research projects and partnerships – KMb planning tools – CoP – KMb and Communications Pitfalls – Finding the right tone – Finding the right format – Flying under the radar Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 9. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Identifying and promoting research expertise Actions – Focus cards – Communications Services – Portraits of UQAM expertise in a variety of research areas Pitfalls – Outdated or incomplete databases – Shortcomings of the system – Promoting only stars Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 10. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Connecting researchers and practitioners Actions – Networking events – External demands Pitfalls – Organizations and researchers not working at the same rate – Fear of shaking hands with the devil Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 11. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Facing KMb challenges To improve, stakeholders must get better at… • understanding • planning • communicating • collaborating • evaluating Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM
  • 12. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM What’s Next? Complex system Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Promote Support capacity development Systematize procedures Formalize our work Support creation of new research units Provide meeting spaces Develop alliances (internal & external) Have fun ! What’s Next? Shared vision, shared leadership and responsibility
  • 13. www.mdc.uqam.ca mdc@uqam.ca Twitter: @mdc_uqam Knowledge Mobilization Support Université du Québec à Montréal Questions and Comments? Sign up!
  • 15. Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances - UQAM Credits All of the photos are under a Creative Commons license. Please contact us for details