The Health, Environment, and Indigenous Communities Research Group reaches out to the Trent University community to shed light on how knowledge gained through their research is leading to action.
The display “Knowledge Mobilization: From Knowledge to Action” elaborates on what Knowledge Mobilization is and provides examples from some of the research group members that highlight elements of the Knowledge Mobilization process. Inspiration for this display was the article “The Evolution of a Research Collective” published recently about the research group on the front page of Trent’s Showcase Magazine’s Special Edition on Knowledge Mobilization.
What is Knowledge Mobilization?
Knowledge Mobilization (KM) is the process of moving knowledge generated through research into action of a variety of forms (decisions, programs, policies, etc).
At the heart of KM lies a partnership between the research community and community of knowledge users, working together to co-create knowledge and understanding through systematic inquiry. Such partnership requires collaborative, dynamic, iterative processes to ensure that the focus and conduct of research remains relevant and appropriate for all those involved.
The process of KM includes the communication, uptake, and implementation of research results that ultimately and ideally have positive impact. Implementation and impact are monitored and evaluated to direct adaptation of the future collaborative research efforts.
Knowledge creation within the KM process not only refers to gaining a better understand of an issue, but also about enhancing our understanding of the process through which research is conducted, communicated, disseminated, implemented and evaluated.
Explicit awareness of and attention to the knowledge mobilization process, taking place between communities of researchers and knowledge users, can lead to more effective and positive outcomes for all those involved.
Diagram: Knowledge Mobilization Process (click on image to enlarge)