ResearchImpact visits UPEI!

There’s nothing like a road trip to inspire one’s sense of adventure.  At CAURA this past May, Sophie Theriault, Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization Coordination for UPEI’s Three Oaks Innovations Centre found out Michael Johnny was travelling to PEI in August for a holiday and asked if he would be willing to make a brief presentation to ‘knowledge movers’ about York’s efforts in knowledge mobilization (including RI/RIR).  The natural reaction to her invitation was a wholehearted yes!

So following 18 hours on the road from Mississauga to Charlottetown and an impromptu Ceiledh at friends’ in town, Michael and his daughter Meghan visited UPEI for the morning.

Along with other presenters from UPEI, their Centre for Education Research and ShapesYSS PEI, Michael shared a talk on York’s experiences developing and delivering institutional KMb services, including its leadership with ResearchImapct.

The presentations generated some lively conversation from the audience, which included VPR Dr. Katherine Schultz and VPA Dr. Jim Randall.  The conversation encompassed the broad spectrum of engaged scholarship, KMb being an integral aspect.

It was exciting to hear senior administrators ask how UPEI could become a member within RI/RIR.  Following a tour of the university, the balance of the week constituted of…well, you can see for yourself!

Personal thanks to Sophie and to Krista MacDonald for making Michael and Meghan feel at home during our visit!

Way to go Environment Canada – who knew?

Remember when we told you how surprised we were to learn about the body of KMb related literature arising from the field of environmental policy?  No?  My how you forget!  What were you doing on July 13, 2009 (almost one year ago)?  Like other faithful readers of Mobilize This! You were likely reading our story on the work of Sarah Michaels where we reflected on the convergent evolution of knowledge brokering in environmental policy and in our practice at ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

Well, it’s happened again, and this time we didn’t have to go to Nebraska to find it.  We found the Science & Technology Liaison Division of Environment Canada in Burlington, in our own back yard.  York’s KMb Unit packed up and went on a road trip!  Despite the easy directions we still managed to get lost but thanks to Burlington/Hamilton native Michael Johnny we found our way to meet with the S&T Liaison Branch who have been pioneers in knowledge transfer/knowledge brokering since 2002.

The S&T Division is housed at the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), part of Environment Canada’s Water Science and Technology Directorate (WSTD) which is Canada’s largest freshwater research facility. “Environment Canada’s S&T Liaison Division is a knowledge translation and knowledge brokering unit.  S&T Liaison focuses on customizing and targeting science knowledge to the user audience to help improve uptake and utility, and on the development of mechanisms for sustained interaction between science and policy/program.  This focus ensures not only the push of knowledge to the correct science user, but also allows the user to inform the research agenda (policy pull).”

This philosophy will sound familiar to loyal readers of Mobilize This!  But wait, there’s more.

“Close engagement between researchers and research users, from the planning phase through to the communication of research, is essential if research is intended to inform policy making and regulation.”

It’s like we’re KMb twins separated at birth.

From a series of Science-Policy workshops starting in 2002 to an expertise database to a series of S&T into Action stories to RSS feeds of the latest Environment Canada research and knowledge products the S&T Liaison Division is using similar tools as ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche to achieve similar goals.  And we share another feature in common.  The leads at S&T Liaison Division, Alex Bielak and York’s KMb Unit, David Phipps have both told their stories on Peter Levesque’s KMb Blog.  You can also read more about Alex in “It’s My Day”, Canada’s Public Service eMagazine.

To paraphrase their own work, Alex and his colleagues help tell the story of how Environment Canada’s research generates tangible environmental, social and economic benefits.  Their research impact[1] studies demonstrate how science & technology influences the environmental decision-making process by supporting regulations, guidelines, strategies, policies, programs and management decisions.

Stay tuned to Mobilize This! for more stories as we explore collaborations between Environment Canada’s S&T Liaison Division and ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

Way to go Environment Canada.  Who knew we’d find this gem in our own back yard?


[1] see, they even use our name, but we’ve agreed to waive royalties for their use of our trademark

United Way of York Region – Changing the Game, Again!

Mobilize This! readers, below is the text of a speech made by Daniele Zanotti, CEO, United Way of York Region, at their 34th Annual General Meeting held June 24, 2010 at Oakview Terrace in Richmond Hill (York Region).  You can also find this speech on the UWYR website.

Daniele is a strong advocate and supporter of York’s KMb Unit. He is also a strong supporter of York University having sat on the President’s Task Force for Community Engagement.  You can see him speak in his own words about knowledge mobilization on one of our ResearchImpact videos.  And below, you can read his words as delivered at their AGM.  Always engaging.  Always telling a story not just giving a speech.

And towards the end, a teaser.  Stay tuned for some exciting, disruptive and transformative actions UWYR will be announcing in United Way week in October 2010.

To turn Daniele’s words back on himself, for knowledge mobilization, Daniele Zanotti and the United Way of York Region are priceless.

Game-Change

It does not happen often. I get up to speak, start telling a story about my nonna of all people, rest her soul, my Nonna, and in the thick of it, when the story is coming to a thematic and comedic climax…

disrupted…

last year, during United Way Week, at a congregation located in Vaughan Mills, that is right, in the mall area, speaking on issues of poverty in York Region to a group of over 150 residents and community leaders, I am, using examples from my Nonna’s favourite food, Kentucky Fried Chicken –long story but we think she had a crush on Colonel Saunders who resembled my Nonno somewhat had a little soul patch going … anyway… weaving this and her favourite soap opera, the Young and the Restless… though she could not understand a word of English she caught all the storylines and convoluted love triangles and swore she had a lot in common with Mrs Chancellor… and I am slowly making my way to define poverty in York Region… because it is all connected…

He stands up. Long white beard, white pressed shirt, with suspenders:

“pukh, thup, chup.”

Everyone starts laughing and clapping.

“So simple, “he says, “… old Punjabi definition for poverty:

Pukh, thup, chup.

No food, no roof, no voice.

We should spend less time trying to define it and more trying to solve it.”

He is correct. I am loving this guy, even though he did disrupt my Nonna story, rest her soul.

I compose myself, swoop back in, seamlessly, speaking to the social service infrastructure United Way supports, from programs to public education to system change…

disrupted… again

“navaa…” he says.

Tension in the room; the crowd is engaged….looking for the knockout punch…

“…navaa, not only the same old.”

I… (gesture Italian what is up?)…

He obviously understands Italian too….because he responds…

He says: “navaa means ‘New’…

Mr Zanotti, you represent a leading change organization. Do you have the courage to lead? Do you have the courage to disrupt?”

So I told them our story, one that I have waxed poetic on at our AGMs: of our 2007 roar year –giving voice to the defining issues of our region; of our 2008 listen year –where we committed to hearing the lived realities of residents across the sprawling amalgam of nine municipalities; then 2009 our Meeting House year –in faith groups and town halls and meetings like this, convening people on issues.

And as I am in the middle of a profound… I will pause for dramatic effect… statement, I hear his friggin chair moving again.

“Char pair o pair… four steps, says a Punjabi saying…

He says, “The first is easy, the second is necessary, the third is affirming and the fourth changes the game – it transform you.

Few take the fourth step Mr Zanotti.”

The rest of my speech was a blur, focused only on getting the hell through it to go sit with this disruptive genius.

By the end of the night, three coffees later, I had a mentor. And as we chatted, all I kept saying was – HANJI - the Punjabi word for “yes”.

Since then, and this morning, especially, my friends, I have been and am in a disruptive mood, and I am asking you to join me.

Here is what I said verbatim, at last year’s AGM:

If 2007 was our roar year, 2008 our listen year, let 2009 be our meeting house year.

And here is how we will map this out over 2009:

During UW Week, we will release a follow up to what the Star dubbed a most provocative “… if addressed” report; and we did: Addressing our Strength, called ‘a landmark follow’ up by YRMG.

In October, I said, our board will approve our new community priorities with outcomes and target populations and evaluative indicators; and they did.

In December we will approve our new strategic directions, 2010-2013, setting seemingly unachievable targets on revenue growth, community impact and convening positive change– and we did.

And let us never forget, our sine qua non, another record campaign and strong investment for local services. And we did.

I said: And when we meet next year, at this same meeting, at some other symbolic and tough to find location- I have delivered on that- we will speak of our successes:

  • a record campaign (hanji),
  • a bold Board willing to listen and engage (hanji)
  • oh so committed volunteers (hanji)
  • the strong voice of our labour partners (hanji)
  • staff that bleed United Way pantone red for the people we serve (still the best in the business. I love working with each and every one of you so sorry if the feeling is not mutual), agency and community partners providing programming on the ground….(hanji)

Ladies and gentlemen, you have delivered the goods and another record year, each and every one of you.

So why the hell am I in a disruptive mood?

Because we are a leading organization –a change maker.

And we have an unprecedented opportunity to do something so radically powerful, so York Region, that we could accelerate our impact and growth

… if we have the courage to lead, if we have the courage to disrupt.

char pair o pair…four steps, says a Punjabi saying…

The first is easy and empowering: we have found voice on speaking to the Region’s defining issues.

The second is necessary for grounding: we have established mechanisms for listening, with intent, to voices in communities and neighbourhoods across the region.

The third is contemplative and affirming: we have strengthened our convening role, our capacity to bring stakeholders together.

So what the heck do you want now, Zanotti?… the board and staff are all concerned… and where is he going with this?

The fourth step… game-changer… it transforms you.

Navaa…

That is why we are here at Oakview Terrace, the destination of choice for new beginnings – the most weddings and proms of any single facility in Richmond Hill.

How many of you have been here for a wedding, to get married, for your prom?

A place of new beginnings… navaa…

United Way has a great mechanism for supporting people in need today– a strong network of partners providing a safety net, albeit stretched across our sprawling region.

United Way must develop a simply spectacular mechanism to invest in our region’s strength, not needs, strength. When we say, in our mission, “…We ascertain and address critical human needs by fostering innovative responsive ….”

Innovative: We need a mechanism to seize the opportunity of innovation– with great urgency and possibilities.

And we can do so by investing in our region’s strengths:

  • our youth: engaged, connected, wanting to make a global and local difference
  • our well educated families and new Canadians making york region their home
  • our culture of entrepreneurs –from developers to auto to tech, we remain home to an influential, intelligent and affluent culture of innovators and doers
  • our strong and ever growing corporations, many already engaged in UWs at a philanthropic level

This is why 2010 will be our navaa disrupt year– the fourth, most difficult, step.

When we announce, during United Way week in October, a transformative, game changing investment plan for UW going forward…a small start, but one that can scale.

One that unites not by an assembly line – corporate philanthropy and donor dollars to agency programs.

But one that converges –corporate, donor, resident and agency insight to create innovative solutions –one that dissolves sector boundaries to incubate new ideas.

Our strength investment will inspire and support diverse groups of problem solvers to incubate ….navaa ideas.

And disrupt: solutions, opportunities, outside of our current and necessary programs that address our regions emerging social issues in a small scale, and can be scaled-up, over time.

This is not an either/or. This is an AND:

  • support and strengthen the existing critical network of services and programs

AND

  • foster new social innovation, leveraging the region’s strength, by uniting, really uniting, outside of silos, diverse groups of problems solvers : social innovators, entrepreneurs.

Because we know the most difficult and important emerging social problems of our region, and the country and world, cannot be understood, let alone solved, by anyone sector on its own.

Friends, the Punjabi word for yes is HANJI. I do not know and will not provide the Punjabi word for no.

In keeping with the ceremonies often celebrated at this stunning Oakview Terrace, please respond after me…

Friends of United Way of York Region, do we have the courage to lead change on our most pressing social issues?

HANJI

Do we have the courage to disrupt our current mechanisms and seek new innovative solutions, across sectors and silos?

HANJI

Do we have the courage to take the fourth step –game-changing, transformative –together in 2010?

HANJI

Ladies and gentlemen, I now pronounce us the navaa United Way of York Region …

One I remain humbled and honoured to serve.

Liftoff – ‘Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change’ project gets underway

On June 17th, policymakers from municipal Environment offices and community organizations met with colleagues from York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit to launch the ‘Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change’ project. The meeting took place in the York Research Tower at York University’s Keele Campus. The goal of this project is to make York climate change research and expertise more accessible to policymakers, so that academic research can inform municipal level climate change decisions. The municipalities of Toronto, York Region, Mississauga, Peel, and Durham were present, as well as the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (The Gateway Project). The KMb Unit was represented by David Phipps, Director of Research Services and Knowledge Exchange; Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer; and, Andrei Sedoff, Knowledge Mobilization Officer.

An energetic group that had already spent most of the morning meeting as the GTA Climate Change Steering Group, our policy partners were eager to launch the suite of KMb initiatives which include a dedicated space on the O3 social networking hub, the production of climate change clear language research summaries, and the hosting of a number of networking events and research presentations between York researchers and municipal policymakers. The KMb Unit shared examples of completed clear language research summaries based on climate change research by York faculty and also offered to draft summaries based on relevant research encountered by policy partners. David Phipps led a brief presentation on the nature of Knowledge Mobilization as it is practiced at York through ResearchImpact. David cited a number of successful collaborations that werebrokered by the KMb Unit between policymakers, researchers, and community groups. He also demonstrated how the York KMb model has taken the traditional role of Knowledge Mobilization (producer push and user pull) and extended that to include the co-production of knowledge. There was a lot of exciting talk about the needs of the policymaking community to gain better access to research and expertise at the university. Some participants, like Chandra Sharma from TRCA, have already collaborated with York on projects in the past and were excited by the growth of collaboration while others were excited by the new opportunities this project opened up for their organizations. The policy partners had a diverse spectrum of research needs. They ranged from gaining more knowledge about the impacts of climate change on public health to the adaptation of municipal infrastructure to a changing climate. There was also a lively discussion about the internship component of the project; the plan is to place York graduate students in the offices of each policy partner, enabling the students to enhance research in their fields with a practical component.

The meeting led to a number of positive outcomes, the most important one being a better shared understanding of where the KMb model can best serve the needs of municipal policymakers in the realm of climate change. “Advancing climate research and knowledge is key to addressing municipal needs to address impacts of changing climate. Under the umbrella of “Climate Consortium for Research Action and Integration (CC-RAI)”, a number of collaborative climate change initiatives are currently underway,” said Chandra Sharma, who is TRCA’s watershed specialist. “TRCA, along with our partners, regional municipalities of York, Peel, Durham, and the City Toronto, is pleased to collaborate with York University. This unique pilot project with is an excellent model to maximize the impact of university research.”

For us at the KMb Unit, meeting the policy partners was a phenomenal chance to learn about the complex and multifaceted policy development process that is required to deal with the challenges posed by climate change. Wet are excited to contribute to a positive outcome for this project and hope to capture the thoughts of our policy partners on video at the concluding meeting.

Reflections on our National KMb Network

I have been very fortunate to work in York’s KMb Unit since February 2006. While we had worked hard over the first four years to build a credible service unit at York, and support the infrastructure for a national knowledge mobilization network, it is the past two months that demonstrate to me that ResearchImpact (Réseau Impact Recherche en français) has flourished!

On April 26 and 27, York KMb hosted the six ResearchImpact partner universities and their respective community United Way’s leadership (along with United Way Canada) for discussions on good KMb practices, collaborative opportunities and national networking. In true KMb fashion, the relationship building is what reflected and represented the foundation of an extensive national KMb network.

Fast forward two weeks, and on May 10 at CAURA (Canadian Association of University Research Administrators) four of the six universities in the network presented a plenary session that demonstrated collaborative projects between our university researchers and local community, demonstrating the value of university-based knowledge mobilization. I was impressed with how our messages were consistent despite gaps in capacity and variations in service models.

Most recently at Congress 2010 at Concordia University I had the chance to experience, once again, the strength of this network. Meetings with UQAM, connecting with brokers from five of the six partner universities, and having 8 days to promote ResearchImpact and reflect on our emerging network all point to an active and dynamic national KMb network.

While we remain short of my vision for ResearchImpact, where every university in Canada is represented with an active KMb service unit, the growth of the past two months is encouraging! I think the next four years will be just an enjoyable!

From the York KMb office,
Michael

Postcards from Congress: Day 1 – ResearchImpact is Number 1 at Congress!

What Happened: ResearchImpact-Réseau Impact Recherche (RI-RIR) is exhibiting for the 4th year at Congress at the Bookfair. Among the 53 exhibitors that are located throughout Concordia, we have been assigned booth #1, and enjoy a premium location adjacent to the participant registration desk.

Why is it important: Exhibiting at Congress is extremely important to the RI-RIR network. With growing interest from the Canadian academic research community around knowledge mobilization, we want researchers to think of RI-RIR when they think about KMb.

Final Thoughts: In four years RI-RIR has undergone tremendous growth. We represent six universities now from our original two, and we also possess leadership in the theoretical and practical understanding/application of KMb. It is this knowledge that is driving our vision of RI-RIR to ultimately have an affiliation with all Canadian universities. And with that we look forward to our week in Montreal, and next year in Fredericton and the year afterward in Waterloo… and so on! We are number 1 for a reason, after all!

RI-RIR Booth at Congress 2010

♫Reunited and it feels so good♫

Thank you Peaches and Herb for this sentiment but we don’t have to go back to 1978 to feel this way. For the third year in a row ResearchImpact was featured at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators held in lovely Calgary. ResearchImpact was reunited because Joaquin Trapero, former Knowledge Transfer Specialist at ResearchImpact-Victoria has re-assumed responsibility for the KMb portfolio. Thank you Laura Milne for 2 years of KMb service as KT Specialist until she left her job on May 1, 2010 and welcome back Joaquin (who never really left as he has been managing the UVic KMb courses even though he was managing UVic’s CFI and CRC portfolio).

Being reunited does feel so good.

The theme of this year’s CAURA was “Partnerships Work”. Many of the sessions featured discussions of partnerships between researchers and between researchers and their research collaborators from industry, community and government and it was generally accepted that supporting these relationships throughout their cycle (from identifying partners to disseminating research results) is an emerging role for research administrators – and it is emerging fast. The role of contracts managers and their fit between grants managers and technology transfer managers was discussed in the panel “Look before you leap – check in with your TTO before you sign on that dotted line”. The university-industry interface was explored from diverse perspectives of funders, researchers, institutions and companies in the session “Make your grant money go further – working with industry leveraged funding programs”. The session “The CAURA of Tomorrow” explored (among many other things) the emerging partnership roles for research administrators.

And the ResearchImpact universities were reunited after only 2 weeks since spending 2 days together (see here for our report on the ResearchImpact United Way meeting). Michael Johnny, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization (ResearchImpact York) hosted Dominique Robitaille (ResearchImpact – UQAM), Fiona Haynes (ResearchImpact – U. Saskatoon, also reuniting with ResearchImpact after leaving UofS Research Services for their College of Nursing) and Joaquin at the session “Support for faculty based knowledge mobilization”. Our RI colleagues at MUN were present in spirit and in video and our Guelph colleagues joined ResearchImpact too late to make the panel but we look forward to them joining us in the future.

Being reunited does feel so good.

Each of the RI presenters prepared a brief presentation on how KMb is being implemented in their institution but quickly moved to videos of faculty and community partners answering the following questions:

Researcher: Please briefly describe your community or partner engaged research program.

Partner: How might this research help your organization?

Partner: Please describe the role that knowledge mobilization (or knowledge transfer or translation) plays in your organization. How important is it to connect your organization to research?

Researcher: Similarly, how important is it for you to connect your research to end-users?

Partner: What support, if any, could universities play in facilitating the type of relationship building that you have experienced with your collaborator?

Researcher: If you could dream in knowledge mobilization technicolour, what kinds of support services for knowledge mobilization would you like to see from your institution?

You can watch the videos on the ResearchImpact YouTube channel (and when you do, don’t forget to comment on the videos using the comment feature on You Tube). Veuillez regarder les videos à la chaîne YouTube de Réseau Impact Recherche.

York: Project Teens Moms Speakers Corner
MUN: Harris Centre – David Yetman;   Harris Centre – Pam Ward
UofS : Earth Day Part One; Part Two; Part Three
UQAM: À la croisée des savoirs; La mobilisation des connaissances

This presentation complemented the ResearchImpact booth in the Exhibitors’ Fair where those interested in KMb as an emerging institutional capacity could explore KMb in more depth with Michael and Joaquin.

So what’s next? Look for ResearchImpact at Congress where the theme is “Connected Understanding – le savoir branché” a close cousin to “Partnerships Work”. In order for your research-based partnership to work you need to first connect your understanding. Remember that knowledge mobilization is your support for effective partnerships and the ResearchImpact knowledge brokers are your source for KMb expertise. Connect to the ResearchImpact knowledge brokers at by completing our on line opportunity form that tells us what you need. Complete the form here and we’ll be in touch – promise.

Teen Pregnancy and Teen Mothers: Meeting the Needs in York Region

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for York’s KMb pilot project and as part of a competitive, adjudicated process, the KMb Unit created Social Innovation Collaboration Grants to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications in the areas of Mental Health, as this was an identified priority area by community partners. Here is a summary of one of these projects:

Drs. Jennifer Connolly, Hala Tamim and Yvonne Bohr, affiliated with the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution (York) partnered with Kinark Child and Family Services and York Region Children’s Aid Society for a short-term knowledge mobilization project around new mothers in York Region; examining the prevalence of these vulnerable girls in York Region, how their Mental Health needs are being met, what service gaps could be identified and determining how research on risk and resilience can inform clinical care and maximize positive outcomes.

The research team employed graduate students to support their efforts and focused on the following activity:

• Determine the prevalence of pregnant and mothering teens in York Region
• Survey on available services to pregnant and mothering teens
• Review of girls receiving protective service intervention from York Region CAS within this user population
• Synthesize published literature on risks and resiliencies of pregnant and mothering teens
• Begin framing research to explore factors related to risk and resiliency for these young women and their children
• Initiate community-based opportunities for feedback and knowledge exchange with interested members of the community

The team is excited about what they were able to accomplish and they are continuing to work in collaboration through a successful CIHR KT Supplement grant, which will build on their collaborative capacity by using social media and technology-based research collaboration tools, including the O3 platform, to further their research and KMb agendas. The partnership development between the three agencies, as well as a large cohort of youth was also a very positive outcome which the team has identified, supporting the sustainability of their efforts.

Hear Jennifer Connolly (York), Sandra Cunning (Kinark Child and Family Services) and Bonita Majonis (York Region Children’s Aid Society) talk about the project at the 2010 KMb Expo:

The View from Here – KMb as an ecosystem

I just returned from 5 sunny days in Banff. While there, I enjoyed amazing weather and wonderful sights. I went up the Banff Gondola cable ride to the top of Sulpher Mountain. From the top I looked down on the town of Banff, the TransCanada Highway, the Banff Springs Hotel, The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Banff Golf Club, The Parks Canada Museum, as well as skiing on distant mountains and so much more. All of these make Banff a draw for tourists from all over the world. Banff is not a single attraction. It is a synergistic system of tourist attractions each of which benefit from the active participation of all the sites in the Banff tourist ecosystem.

Similarly – and here’s the KMb hook – knowledge mobilization is not a single event or process. ResearchImpact defines KMb as a suite of services that encompasses methods of producer push, user pull, knowledge exchange and co-production. When developing a KMb strategy for a research project, ResearchImpact recommends developing techniques that practice all four of these methods (see table below). While any one of these methods would provide some degree of knowledge transfer or exchange, when practiced together in a system of KMb, they collectively contribute to enhanced knowledge mobilization.

KMb Method KMb Activity Notes
Producer Push Clear language research summaries Develop clear language research summaries from selected research
Lunch and Learn Seminar series at policy/practice receptor sites: one hour lunch seminars, topic identified by decision maker
User Pull Research Translation Help Desk Use knowledge broker model to assist decision maker partners identify, develop and sustain collaborations with researchers
Knowledge Exchange KM in AM Monthly KMb in AM, topic identified by decision maker; co-present researcher + decision maker
Research Forums Modeled on KMb Expo
Co-production Social media to support collaboration Implement, support and train researchers, graduate students and decision maker partners in use of social media; create a sub-community of http://researchimpact.othree.ca/
KMb Interns KMb Interns drawn from graduate students of climate change researchers

For example, a research collaboration (co-production) between a researcher and a decision maker is facilitated if they met at a knowledge exchange event that occurred after the decision makers received a clear language ResearchSnapshot (knowledge transfer, producer push) in response to a request for research to the research translation help desk (knowledge transfer, user pull). These KMb methods work synergistically to enhance transparency and trust between researcher and decision maker to greater extent possible than using each KMb method on its own.

ResearchImpact is unique in the KMb landscape. We provide a system of KMb services to support a variety of nascent and established research and KMb projects. We are privileged to hold this view from the top yet we prefer not to look down upon but to have an overview of a large portfolio of engaged research projects such as those we have previously blogged about including Mobilizing Minds and Homeless Hub. As you seek to support KMb activities remember to create a KMb ecosystem and explore a diversity of synergistic KMb services. To illustrate different KMb services and methods, ResearchImpact will be rolling out a series titled KMb in Action. Check after our presentations to Congress where we shall be launching KMb in Action as well as other web-based innovations.

Just Remember that ResearchImpact is here to guide you so that you are never lost in the KMb wilderness.

GET (Green Economy Transition) Ahead

As reported by the Bradford West Gwillimbury Times, on March 26, 2010 at the lovely Club at Bond Head (which didn’t look this good in March).

South Simcoe launched their Green Economy Transition Centre. The South Simcoe Green Economy Transition Centre will be a centre of excellence for local businesses and a model for communities throughout Canada. A partnership representing all levels of government, businesses and universities, led by York University, the Centre will provide up-to-date research and resources to companies, residents, non-profits and the public sector within South Simcoe. Businesses will be helped to reduce costs and become more competitive in an increasingly global market. Leaner and greener, companies capitalizing on the Centre’s resources will be more efficient and, therefore, more profitable, while reducing their environmental footprint.

Nottawasaga Futures was last seen in this blog post on January 7, when ResearchImpact York and Nottawasaga announced their collaboration on this exciting green initiative. On March 26, ResearchImpact York’s David Phipps and Michael Johnny were accompanied by FES Students Michael Weaver (who was accompanied by his supervisor Mark Winfield) and Susan Swail who talked about their research with South Simcoe partners and presented posters at the ResearchImpact booth.

York will support the Green Economy Transition Centre by linking local business and municipalities to research and expertise to help green decisions. Working through the MITACS Accelerate program (which supports Susan Swail), graduate student interns will have the opportunity to work with businesses who are seeking ways to go green. York has over 130 researchers working in diverse aspects of climate change. Multiply that by the five other ResearchImpact universities and South Simcoe will have potentially over 700 university researchers available to provide research to South Simcoe.

York was happy to share the podium with South Simcoe municipal and provincial politicians, local businesses and Hartford Murdoch. We heard from the decision makers of today and then we heard from Hartford, a future decision maker. As past president of YNOT (Youth Nottawasaga), he represented the youth voice in South Simcoe and made a passionate case for investing in the environment in which he will be living tomorrow. Hartford has already starting to make good decisions. He starts his undergrad at York in September.

This is an excellent opportunity for academic researchers and graduate students to put their research to use. This is an excellent opportunity for York to partner with one of its local communities. This is an excellent opportunity for South Simcoe to GET ahead of the curve in green business.

Oh and Hart, drop by and visit the KMb Unit when you arrive on campus in September.