A New Twist to YorkU KM in the AM

For those of you who have been able to attend one of York University’s KM in the AM events, you will know the reward for early mornings are a nice, hot breakfast along with the chance to engage with researchers and community leaders. Research speed dating is one metaphor we have heard used to describe these events, but they are simply a place for people to meet and interact around a common topic of interest. And if the event helps plant the seeds of collaboration around a project, that’s a bonus!

After four years of hosting these events throughout York Region, we have had 331 participants and 97% of those who attended found the event useful. We are set to launch a fifth season, and in the spirit of responsiveness and continuous improvement, we’re adopting a slight modification to some of our events this year and our inaugural event reflects this. Starting September 30, the York Institute for Health Research, in collabortion with the KMb Unit will be co-hosting a workshop series on Program Evaluation. This will be the first capacity building KM in the AM we’ve offered. Many of our partners have identified their desire to learn the skill sets needed to better participate in knowledge mobilization activities, and this is the first foray for us to meet these needs.

Dates and Topics:

  • Thursday, September 30, 9:30 to noon – Evaluation Concepts, Tends, Innovations
  • Thursday, October 14, 9:30 to noon – Applying Program Logic Model to Planning your Evaluation
  • Thursday, October 21, 2:00 to 4:30 – Data Collection-Ethics, Surveys, Focus Groups
  • Thursday, November 18, 2:00 to 4:30 – Data Analysis, Writing the Evaluation Report

Location: All workshops will be held at 21 Dunlop St., Richmond Hill at the Office of Catholic Community Services York Region. The KMb Unit would like to acknowledge CCSYR for their generous donation of space.

Costs: $25.00 per person, per session, payable at each event. Cash or cheques payable to York University.

Registration will be capped at 15 per session and coffee and light refreshments will be served at each event.

To register or inquire about more details, please contact Krista Jensen, KMb Officer at York, at kejensen@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 88847.

Be sure to check www.researchimpact.ca for additional information on upcoming YorkU KM in the AM events, soon to be scheduled for October and November 2010.

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Nutrition and Diabetes KM in the AM- May 5

The YorkU KM Unit will be hosting a KM of the AM event on Wednesday, May 5th. The topic of the afternoon will focus on nutrition and diabetes, with brief presentations by researchers and community leaders, followed by ample time for questions, discussion, and networking.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mazen Hamadeh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Kinesiology & Health Science
  • Jesse Solomon, MSc Candidate, School of Kinesiology and Health Science

Invited Speakers:

  • Southlake Regional Health Centre, Diabetes Education Centre.

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time: 8:30 to 11:00 am. Full Breakfast will be served.

Location: Southlake Regional Health Centre, Medical Arts Building, Conference Room B  and C, 6th Floor, 581 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 2P9

Space is limited. Kindly RSVP kejensen@yorku.ca to confirm your attendance.

KM in the PM, that’s something new!

December 3, York hosted it’s flagship KM in the AM event. Two things of note actually; we hosted (which we rarely do, we like to have these events in the surrounding community) and, it was a PM event. The chance to highlight our new space within the York Research Tower as well as being able to sufficiently host the group of 51 confirmed attendees supported our decision.

Given the size of this event, we adopted a panel format, allowing for multiple speakers (and multiple perspectives) to speak on the topic of Youth Engagement. Dr. Gordon Flett (Faculty of Health), Cathy Dandy (Kinark Child and Family Services), Jennifer McPhee and Elizabeth Brockest (Mobilizing Minds) and Sean Twyford (Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services) shared their experiences and perspectives on Youth Engagement and fielded questions from the audience, both informally and within the structured Q&A setting. After closing statements and reflections from our panelists, David Phipps launched the opening of the new community collaboration stations (work space within the KM Unit for community partners to access York libraries and work on collaborative KM projects), as well as the latest additions to the ResearchSnapshot library, which houses clear language research summaries on a wide array of topics designed as a calling card to help inform people about York research and researchers (read more about these new developments here).

The positive responses and the energy of the afternoon have already helped sown the seeds for a follow up event!

While the time, location and format may have slightly changed from events past, we’re delighted that the spirit of collaboration and interest in research, and knowledge mobilization is as strong as ever!

Be sure to check our web site for future KM in the AM events. In addition, if you have thoughts, ideas or reflections on this event, or past events, be sure to contact us at kmunit@yorku.ca!

(l to r) Dr. Gordon Flett, Jennifer McPhee, Elizabeth Brockest, Sean Twyford, Cathy Dandy

It’s KM in the AM Season – the hunt for collaboration

Wow, hard to imagine we are entering the fourth academic year for York’s popular, flagship program, KM in the AM.  September 25, bright and early, saw the launch of the first event of this year on Chronic Disease Management (CDM).  Key collaborators who led this event are Dr. Sherry Grace (Faculty of Health and Research Scientist with York Central Hospital (YCH), Cynthia Parsons (Coordinator, Cardiac Rehabilitation, YCH) and Carla Palmer (Director, Community Programs, Partnerships and Alliances, YCH).

The coffee was strong (which is great for a 7:00 am start) and the conversation was lively.  Three presentations and facilitated discussion were the predominant agenda items but the objectives were modest; to start a dialogue among stakeholders about CDM, and, to present research regarding gaps in CDM programming.  Almost an hour after the scheduled event was to end; there were still conversations ongoing, which KM staff always sees as an indicator for success!

Elmer FuddAnother indicator of success is the fact 28 people woke up early in support of a 7:15 am start time for this event.  I am a golfer so I am used to this time.  I imagine that hunters are also used to such an early start.  Well, let us now add clinicians, researchers and hospital administrators and the collaborations they make to this list.  KM in the AM season is off to an amazing start!  Elmer Fudd would say so himself if he were there!