Kmb for students 22 feb12


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Kmb for students 22 feb12

  1. 1. Knowledge Mobilization:“So what is it you do for a living?” Shawna Reibling, Knowledge mobilization coordinator, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Feb 28, 2012 x53714 @ICESGuelph
  2. 2. Outline: •What is it? Where did it come from? •Why do it? •Why me? •Examples •Your turn •Resources
  3. 3. What is knowledge mobilization?• Knowledge mobilization (KMb) is a broad and encompassing term that includes the products, processes and relationships among knowledge creators, users, and mediators (individuals or intermediary organizations that support knowledge brokering).• “Yet knowledge mobilization in action surely must be understood to be a circulation of multiple meanings and responsibilities, in multiple directions—not just for diverse users, but also for the knowledge producers.” Fenwick, T. (2008). Considering ‘Knowledge Mobilization’ in Educational Research: What knowledge, what mobilities, what responsibilities? Educational Insights, 12(2).
  4. 4. What is knowledge mobilization?• SSHRC: “moving knowledge into active service for the broadest possible common good”. SSHRC (2008b). Knowledge impact in society: A SSHRC transformation program. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Available:• “accepting a common set of values, such as respect for others’ perspective (to encourage wide participation)”, this is important in “acculturating new participants to function effectively in knowledge networks” Dede, C. The role of emerging technologies for knowledge mobilization, dissemination, and use in education. Paper commissioned by Office of Educational Research and Improvement, US Dept. of Education.
  5. 5. It is a contested area
  6. 6. Why do knowledge mobilization? Research People Values: relationships, processes, open access, mutual benefit, full-cycle involvement
  7. 7. Where did this come from?• Out of community based research (cbr) or CES• out of university Commercialization• Relationship building• little “c” communications vs. Big “C” communications• Return on investment (ROI) for tax dollars
  8. 8. Why am I doing knowledge mobilization? -Got bored doing lab work -Process person -Degrees in communication (big and little) -community involvement - use a/v skills -Networks are important -Measuring High Tech Social Capital in the Biotechnology Sector Located in Vancouver, British Columbia More stories at:
  9. 9. ResearchImpact– Partnership of six universities– Examples of services offered by researchimpact: • I need to find community partners to work with • I want to find someone who can put my research to use • I am working with partners but want to grow and sustain my research program • My graduate student wants work experience with policy-makers • We are doing our own research but we need help • We need to do research but do not know where to start • We need to tap into research, knowledge, and expertise at a university Phipps, D. (2008) “Opinion Leader Editorial: Turning Research into Action” in Research Money Oct. 29, 2008: p. 8.
  10. 10. Is it knowledge mobilization? Who: VEDC + Centre for Sustainability and Social Innovation at UBC Question: To determine Vancouver region’s demonstrated strengths in green technologies. Process: An intensive program of outreach to companies to determine which local firms provide innovative technologies and services, and where these are showcased. Outputs: green technology project maps; report: “Green Technology in Van.: Demonstrated Strengths & Industry Challenges.”; Roundtable of green technology industry leaders (Notes here). On-going relationship: VEDC will attempt to2772.000469afa20bef6ecea77&ll=49.268701,-123.012543&spn=0.430123,0.878906&z=10&source=embed update the company and project maps on an ongoing basis.
  11. 11. KMb projects?
  12. 12. How would you mobilize your work? Research People
  13. 13. Resources (Your Supervisor asks why)• SSHRC: “Knowledge mobilization is a core priority for SSHRC…aimed at facilitating and enabling the mobilization of knowledge to various sectors of society to inform discussion, and enhance understanding and decision-making”.• Academic book: Nutley, Sandra M. (2007). Using evidence: how research can inform public services. Policy Press. ISBN 978-1861346643.• A big long annotated bibliography: Bibliography
  14. 14. More Resources• Case studies, SSHRC examples: Bennet, A and Bennet, D., With Katherine Fafard, Marc Fonda, Ted Lomond, Laurent Messier and Nicole Vaugeois. Knowledge Mobilization in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Moving from Research to Action, In cooperation with The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Accessed at: knowledge_mobilization.htm• Some of the theory behind it: Levin, B. (2008). Thinking About Knowledge Mobilization Paper prepared for an invitational symposium sponsored CCL and SSHRC May 15-18, 2008• Defining our terms: AHS%20CE%20and%20KM%20definitions.pdf
  15. 15. Knowledge mobilization orgs.••••