Beyond Citations: Knowledge Mobilization, Research Impact, and the Changing Nature of Academic Work

The Conference Board of Canada, 32 pages, October 12, 2016
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Through ResearchImpact, universities are using knowledge mobilization to generate socially useful research and to provide it to decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners, in collaboration with community, industry, and government partners.

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The impact of Canada’s university-based research was traditionally assessed only by counting publication results. But now, universities and the federal Tri-Council funding agencies are emphasizing knowledge mobilization to generate socially useful research, in addition to commercial research, and then provide it to decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners. To help, ResearchImpact’s network of 12 Canadian universities is employing dedicated knowledge brokers and facilitating person-to-person collaboration, mentoring, and dialogue. This is breaking down the barriers between disciplines and helping student and faculty researchers to collaborate with each other and with community, industry, and government partners. This study analyzes ResearchImpact, based on a literature review and key informant interviews. It addresses keys to success and challenges associated with knowledge mobilization to suggest how Canadian researchers might employ similar strategies in their own post-secondary institutions and community-based research organizations.

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