RIR Brokers – Sharing Stories / Courtiers RIR – Partage Histoires!

A recent Skype teleconference allowed brokers of ResearchImpact – RèsearcuImpactRecherche to share and exchange stories of engagement events, showing we have much in common!

Une récente téléconférence Skype permis courtiers de ResearchImpact – RèsearcuImpactRecherche de partager et échanger des histoires d’événements d’engagement, montrant nous avons beaucoup en commun!

 

The technology worked well and six RIR brokers were able to convene to share and exchange stories of recent events our offices hosted. The purpose of the conversation was to listen to Manager of Knowledge Mobilization, Bojan Fürst, of Memorial University, share details of the highly successful MUNbuttoned events last fall which saw three back-to-back-to-back evenings hosted in St.John’s around topics of natural sciences, social and economic research, and arts and heritage.  Based on activities and projects supported by KMb at MUN, researchers engaged with the public in quick roundtable presentations in a beautiful community space in St. John’s.   The real success, as shared by Bojan, was engagement and allowing MUN researchers a chance to talk about their research off campus.  The creative use of space – the events took place in open community space above a bakery in St. John’s – which allowed for inclusive participation from community members and is a critical consideration for any successful KMb event.  The team at the Harris Centre provided excellent support to help make the evenings a success and now part of regular annual service by KMb at MUN.  With this fall being the 10th Anniversary of KMb at MUN, there promises to be more exciting events!

Having RIR Brokers meet on Skype allowed for questions and chances to learn good practices in KMb. Several brokers have less than two years’ experience in their role and this regular conversation space allows for dialogue on issues which are important to us in supporting KMb within our respective institutions.  The success of Memorial’s MUNbuttoned event provided us all an opportunity to share recent outreach and engagement successes.  University of Victoria knowledge broker Tara Todesco share of her work in leading IDEAfest which had 58 separate activities taking place across campus over the course of a week.   For the Ontario RIR brokers who were on Skype, we shared our recent SSHRC supported Pecha Kucha-style events which were supported under the Imagining Canada’s Future events which SSHRC recently released.

The conversation flowed freely and there were several questions which people had throughout our hour long talk. We have agreed to share and exchange workplans and lessons learned from this work.  The opportunity to help each other and provide ongoing and active support in our roles as knowledge brokers is the essence of the RIR network.   On April 30, Anne Bergen from University of Guelph will lead the next conversation where she will provide an overview of her work at Guelph which – like all of us – has unique local and institutional elements which shape the development and delivery of KMb services.

Welcome New ResearchImpact Universities / Le Réseau Impact Recherche accueille ses nouveaux membres

“On behalf of my colleagues, it is my pleasure to welcome four new universities to ResearchImpact, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network”, says Robert Haché, vice president research & innovation at York University.

The Université de Montreal, Carleton University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University now join the existing six ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) university members following a national call. Membership involves a commitment to participate in and support the network. New members identified a full time equivalent knowledge broker and a Director who would coordinate knowledge mobilization activities. The VP Research or equivalent at each university endorsed the application for membership.

ResearchImpact was originally funded by SSHRC and CIHR through an Intellectual Property Mobilization grant held by York University and partnered with the University of Victoria. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, University du Quebec a Montreal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan joined ResearchImpact in 2010. Today the 10 member network acts as a community of practice, sharing tools and building capacity for institutional knowledge mobilization services. By supporting research engagement and dissemination, knowledge mobilization helps to maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research and learning.

Here’s what the new RIR members are saying:

University of Montreal logo

“I mobilize, you transfer, we apply research-based knowledge… and the whole society benefits. Knowledge mobilization is a necessary tool if we intend to increase the impact of our research. Both research on knowledge transfer and experience gained in the various fields of excellence of our institution demonstrate the importance of linking knowledge mobilization activities to the reality of each sector and integrating them to research from the onset.  At the University of Montréal, because knowledge mobilization is at the core of our concerns individually as well as collectively, we are happy to join the ResearchImpact network to improve our practices and share our expertise. ”

Dominique Bérubé, Deputy Provost, Research, Operations and Consultation, University of Montréal

Kwantlen Polytechnic University logo

“Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is excited to be joining such a distinguished pan-Canadian group of universities committed to community knowledge mobilization. KPU has deep roots in the communities we serve. Authentic community engagement, through the development of applied community research and by offering service learning to all students, is a cornerstone of our new Strategic Plan. We look forward to a long term and mutually beneficial partnership with other RIR member universities.”

Gordon Lee, Provost and VP Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Carleton University logo

“Community engagement is a part of Carleton’s DNA, whether it is based in our history of being built by the community for the community or our flagship research centres such as the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Now, more than ever, Canadian communities seek to maximize and mobilize results of locally driven, cross-sector solutions to the complex problems. RIR facilitates access to a leading-edge community of practice that will provide tools and resources to help Carleton take its commitment to working with communities to the next level.”

Carleton University

Wilfrid Laurier University logo

“Knowledge mobilization is a critical element in the research process. Knowledge mobilization forges critical connections between research and society I am excited by the opportunity to enhance the connection between the university and the community through participation in the ResearchImpact network. We have successfully encouraged faculty for many years to maximize the impact of their research through appropriate community involvement and look forward to working with ResearchImpact to increase this impact.”

Abby Goodrum, VP Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

Welcome on board! RIR is delighted to have 10 university members from across Canada.

For more information please see www.researchimpact.ca or contact info@researchimpact.ca

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« Au nom de tous mes collègues, c’est avec grand plaisir que j’accueille quatre nouvelles universités dans le Réseau Impact Recherche, le réseau canadien de mobilisation des connaissances », a déclaré Robert Haché, vice-recteur à la recherche et à l’innovation de l’Université York.

À la suite d’une invitation lancée à l’échelle nationale, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université Carleton, l’Université Wilfrid-Laurier et l’Université polytechnique de Kwantlen se joignent aujourd’hui aux six universités déjà membres de ResearchImpact–RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR). Pour être admis dans le réseau, les adhérents se sont engagés à participer activement à ses activités et à les soutenir. Ils ont désigné un courtier ou une courtière de connaissances qui se consacre à temps plein à cette tâche, ainsi qu’une directrice ou un directeur qui coordonne les activités de mobilisation des connaissances (MdC). La candidature de chaque université avait reçu l’appui du vice-rectorat à la recherche (ou de l’unité équivalente).

À l’origine, le Réseau Impact Recherche a été financé par le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSHC) et les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC), grâce à une subvention à la mobilisation de la propriété intellectuelle accordée à l’Université York, en partenariat avec l’Université de Victoria. En 2010, l’Université  Memorial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’Université de Guelph et l’Université de la Saskatchewan se joignaient au Réseau Impact Recherche. Aujourd’hui, nos 10 membres forment une communauté d’échange de pratiques au sein de laquelle ils diffusent leurs outils et leurs ressources, ce qui leur permet de renforcer la capacité des services de MdC de leur établissement respectif. En optimisant l’engagement envers la recherche et sa diffusion, la MdC aide à maximiser l’impact économique, social et environnemental de la recherche et des études universitaires.

Voici ce que les nouveaux membres du RIR ont à dire au sujet de leur adhésion :

Université de Montréal logo

Dominique Bérubé, Vice-rectrice adjointe à la recherche, opération et concertation, Université du Montréal

Université polytechnique Kwantlen logo

« L’Université polytechnique Kwantlen (KPU) est très enthousiaste à l’idée de se joindre au prestigieux groupe d’universités canadiennes qui se sont engagées envers la mobilisation communautaire des connaissances. KPU est solidement enracinée dans les communautés qu’elle dessert. L’engagement communautaire authentique, au moyen du développement de la recherche communautaire appliquée et de l’apprentissage par le travail bénévole, est la pierre d’assise de notre nouveau Plan stratégique. Nous sommes enchantés d’amorcer avec les autres universités membres du RIR un partenariat que nous souhaitons long et mutuellement bénéfique. »

Gordon Lee, Vice-recteur et vice-président aux affaires universitaires, Université  polytechnique de Kwantlen

Université Carleton logo

« L’engagement communautaire est inscrit dans les gènes de Carleton! On le voit dans le passé de notre établissement, bâti par la communauté et pour la communauté, mais aussi dans nos centres de recherche de tout premier plan, comme le Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Aujourd’hui plus que jamais, au Canada, les communautés cherchent à maximiser et à mobiliser les résultats des solutions intersectorielles locales à des problèmes complexes. Le RIR nous ouvre les portes d’un réseau d’échange de pratiques d’avant-garde, grâce auquel nous aurons accès à des outils et des ressources qui permettront à Carleton d’aller plus loin encore dans son engagement à travailler avec les communautés. »

Université Carleton

Université Wilfrid-Laurier logo

« La mobilisation des connaissances est un élément essentiel du processus de recherche. Elle forge des liens vitaux entre la recherche et la société, et je suis très enthousiaste devant cette occasion qui s’offre à nous de renforcer la relation de notre université avec la communauté grâce à notre participation au Réseau Impact Recherche. Depuis de nombreuses années, nous encourageons nos professeurs à maximiser l’impact de leurs recherches en favorisant de leur part un engagement communautaire adéquat. En collaborant avec Réseau Impact Recherche, nous augmenterons encore cet impact, et nous avons très hâte de travailler en ce sens. »

Abby Goodrum, Vice-rectrice à la recherche, Université Wilfrid-Laurier

Bienvenue parmi nous! Le RIR se réjouit de pouvoir compter désormais sur dix universités membres, réparties dans tout le Canada.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le www.researchimpact.ca ou contactez-nous à info@researchimpact.ca.

ResearchImpact Wants to Grow / Le RéseauImpactRecherche veut grandir

Deadline: January 25, 2013

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact is Canada’s knowledge mobilization network.

In 2010-2011, ResearchImpact expanded to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan. Responding to local opportunities and constraints has resulted in different models of institutional knowledge mobilization services; however, all six universities have invested in an institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization among faculty, students and partner organizations.

Now maturing as an interactive working network and having completed an initial period of definition and goal setting, ResearchImpact would like to solicit interest from the academic community to join us in building knowledge mobilization expertise and sharing best practices.

Please see the attached document, RIR Call for New Members, regarding the call for new university partners.

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Date limite: le 25 janvier 2013

Fondé en 2006 par l’Université York et l’Université de Victoria, RéseauImpactRecherche est un réseau pancanadien de mobilisation des connaissances.

En 2010-2011, RéseauImpactRecherche s’est étendu à l’Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, à l’Université de Guelph et à l’Université de la Saskatchewan. En réagissant aux ouvertures et aux contraintes propres à leurs milieux, les membres ont produit différents modèles de services de mobilisation des connaissances dans leurs établissements; toutefois, les six universités ont en commun d’avoir investi dans leur capacité à favoriser la mobilisation des connaissances pour leurs professeurs, leurs étudiants et leurs divers partenaires.

Après le déroulement d’une phase initiale où il s’est défini et a établi ses objectifs, le RéseauImpactRecherche a atteint la maturité en tant que regroupement fonctionnel et interactif. Il s’agit désormais de susciter dans le milieu universitaire l’intérêt à se joindre au réseau, dans le but de construire une expertise commune en mobilisation des connaissances et de veiller à la diffusion des pratiques exemplaires.

Veuillez trouver le document, Appel à de nouveaux partenaires par le RIR, en annexe.

Knowledge Mobilisers: Putting Research into Practice (and Policy)

The following was originally posted on The Guardian’s Higher Education Network blog on October 9, 2012 and is reposted here with permission.

Maximising the impact of research on society depends on universities brokering the right partnerships with public policy, says David Phipps – and Canada is leading the way.

Good research should have a ripple effect on society and knowledge mobilisation can push it out.

Earlier this year on the Higher Education Network, I introduced knowledge mobilisation as a university-based process that connects academic social sciences and humanities research to non-academic decision makers to inform decisions about public policy and professional practice, enhance social innovation and develop sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges.

I then reflected on its past – the roots of knowledge mobilisation as we now understand it. In this third installment, I return to the present to see how York University in Toronto is supporting collaborations between researchers and partner to maximise the impact of research on society.

We started York University’s knowledge mobilisation practice by trying to push out existing research results to find “receptors” and soon realised that we needed more interactive methods of closing the gap that exists between research within a higher education context and the policy and practice which could use it. Researchers and their partners need to find a middle ground in which to collaborate so that research not only meets the academic standards of scholarship but is also relevant to non-academic partners.

Today York University’s knowledge mobilisation unit uses a suite of services available to faculty and students from all disciplines across the university. Our knowledge mobilisation staff help faculty and partners identify and develop research collaborations through meetings support, student interns and the use of social media as a connecting channel. We have recently published a report on our full range of services.

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ResearchImpact wants to grow / Le RéseauImpactRecherche veut grandir

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact is Canada’s knowledge mobilization network. In 2010-2011

ResearchImpact expanded to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan. Responding to local opportunities and constraints has resulted in different models of institutional knowledge mobilization services; however, all six universities have invested in an institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization among faculty, students and partner organizations.

Now maturing as an interactive working network and having completed an initial period of definition and goal setting, ResearchImpact would like to solicit interest from the academic community to join us in building knowledge mobilization expertise and sharing best practices.

Please see the attached document, RIR announcement for new members EN, regarding the call for new university partners.

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Fondé en 2006 par l’Université York et l’Université de Victoria, RéseauImpactRecherche est un réseau pancanadien de mobilisation des connaissances.

En 2010-2011, RéseauImpactRecherche s’est étendu à l’Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, à l’Université de Guelph et à l’Université de la Saskatchewan. En réagissant aux ouvertures et aux contraintes propres à leurs milieux, les membres ont produit différents modèles de services de mobilisation des connaissances dans leurs établissements; toutefois, les six universités ont en commun d’avoir investi dans leur capacité à favoriser la mobilisation des connaissances pour leurs professeurs, leurs étudiants et leurs divers partenaires.

Après le déroulement d’une phase initiale où il s’est défini et a établi ses objectifs, le RéseauImpactRecherche a atteint la maturité en tant que regroupement fonctionnel et interactif. Il s’agit désormais de susciter dans le milieu universitaire l’intérêt à se joindre au réseau, dans le but de construire une expertise commune en mobilisation des connaissances et de veiller à la diffusion des pratiques exemplaires.

Veuillez trouver le document, RIR announcement for new members FR, en annexe.

So You Want to Build a KMb Unit? / Sinsi, vous voulez bâtir une unité de MdC?

The most common question RIR brokers are asked is, “How can my university join RIR?”  More on that in about four weeks.  The question I frequently am asked is, “How can I build a university based KMb unit?”

Comment mon université peut-elle intégrer le réseau ? », c’est la question la plus fréquente que reçoivent les courtiers du Réseau Impact Recherche – ResearchImpact. Plus sur ce sujet dans 4 semaines… La question que je me fais souvent poser est « Comment puis-je monter une unité de mobilisation des connaissances au sein de mon université? »

Great question.

On February 22, 2011 I shared my KMb toys in a blog that pointed to a paper recently published on how we built and, more importantly, how we operate York’s KMb Unit. I recently revisited that paper and recalled that it ended with four recommendations for getting started on developing an institutional capacity for knowledge mobilization services.

As first printed by Scholarly & Research Communications and posted in York’s institutional repository, these recommendations are:

  1. Find champions: It is important to find a high-level champion (such as a VP Research in a university setting) who will not only provide resources for your KMb Unit but will also help to clear policy barriers and institutional inertia. Identify researchers who are already practising engaged scholarship and seek input from them and their research partners. It is important to ground the work of your KMb Unit in the experiences of researchers and decision-makers. It is important to develop a shared (i.e., community-university) governance or advisory structure comprising internal and external champions.
  1. Collect data: Count everything (see Table 2) and track initiatives longitudinally. We have found that projects we provided with seed funding and brokering service are bearing fruit four years later. The impact of research on non-academic decision-making happens over a number of years. Record data now so you have something to evaluate and some stories to tell in the years to come.
  1. If possible, find grants for seed funding: You will never convince anyone to invest in your KMb Unit if you cannot demonstrate the return on that investment. We built our KMb Unit using external grants before the first hard money salary position was created four and a half years after we began operations.
  1. Hire the right knowledge broker: The broker is at the heart of the KMb Unit and will be responsible for its success or failure. These positions are emerging in a variety of organizations where brokers have a mix of academic/research experience and community experience. Find someone who has stood in both sectors to run the services that will bridge the two.

These four recommendations are the fundamentals of starting your KMb Unit. Implement these four and with a lot of hard work (remember, it takes a lot of time to be an overnight success) and some degree of luck, you too can build and operate your own KMb Unit. And then you’ll be ready to join the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) network of knowledge mobilization universities… but as I said, stay tuned for more on that.