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What is Knowledge Mobilization?

University researchers produce a lot of knowledge in every field, but to make an impact, it needs to be discoverable and usable. Knowledge mobilization (also called knowledge transfer, translation or exchange) refers to a wide range of activities that bring research to people who can use it, learn from it, co-create it, disseminate it or build upon it. These activities may be designed to inform policy, practice or decision making; to improve services; or to advance academic dialogue and theory.

Examples of knowledge mobilization activities include:

  • Holding a workshop to teach frontline service providers evidence-based techniques.
  • Producing a plain-language report for policy makers.
  • Creating an interactive website with useful information for the public.
  • Creating and distributing a toolkit to help community organizations navigate challenges.
  • Holding a conference to bring together academics and industry executives so they can learn from each other.
  • Designing a research project in collaboration with a community organization, to meet its needs and goals.
  • Offering a lecture series for the general public.
  • Developing an app to help immigrants find the resources they need.
  • Holding a design charrette in collaboration with a municipality so residents of a neighbourhood can participate in land-use planning.
  • Appearing as a guest expert on a television news show.
  • Producing an infographic and disseminating it through social media.
  • Putting on a theatre performance.
  • Co-creating a fact sheet for community organizations to distribute to their clients.
  • Producing a podcast series.

How Laurier Works to Mobilize Knowledge

Laurier provides numerous resources to help researchers get their knowledge out into the world. These include:

  • Hosting workshops on topics such as effective social media, writing knowledge mobilization plans and clear language summary writing.
  • Providing communications and media relations services to publicize events, research results and Laurier experts.
  • Helping researchers create effective knowledge mobilization plans for grant applications and research programs.
  • Training and supporting faculty and students to implement knowledge mobilization plans.
  • Hosting and managing Scholars Commons @Laurier, Laurier’s open-access institutional repository.
  • Facilitating partnerships between researchers and organizations in the community, government and industry.

Contact Us:

Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilization Officer

E: sreibling@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4942

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