Knowledge Mobilization (KM) is an important part of the research process. KM occurs when research knowledge is applied to help facilitate real-world impact on policy and society. It is the process of adapting knowledge to increase research uptake and inform decisions, while also connecting researchers and their work to organizations and communities outside the university.
Common terms used to describe KM or related activities include Knowledge Translation, Knowledge Transfer, and Knowledge Exchange.
Resources and Tools
Workshops & Seminars
The OVPRI hosts seminars and Lunch & Learn workshops on topics relevant to KM methods to help faculty develop skills to effectively translate their research. Past topics have included "Working with Media," "Using Social Media,” and "Working with Government."
The OVPRI supports and encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration across campus. Our networking events and workshops provide opportunities for faculty to connect and develop new skills in research and KM.
Knowledge Mobilization Strategies, Activities & Planning
Establishing a KM strategy is crucial to ensure that you maximize the impact of your work by communicating clearly and frequently at every stage of the research process.
KM techniques include the creation of plain-language summaries, research reports, presentations, webinars, media relations instruments (e.g., press releases, web content, social media), and the planning of community, academic or business events.
A critical element of effective KM is the creation of a plain-language summary of your research that stakeholders outside your field can understand. Our (PDF file) Knowledge Mobilization Plain-language Writing Instructions and Worksheet (opens in new window) can help you begin.
Map out your communication plans by downloading our (PDF file) Knowledge Mobilization Planning Matrix (opens in new window) .
Knowledge Mobilization Framework and Theory
For an in-depth understanding of KM, these select journal articles by leading experts in Canada provide good backgrounds on KM theories and practices:
- Lost in Knowledge Translation: Time for a Map? (external link, opens in new window) (Ian D. Graham; Jo Logan; Margaret B. Harrison; Sharon E. Straus; Jacqueline Tetroe; Wenda Caswell; Nicole Robinson)
- A Guide to Knowledge Translation Theory (external link, opens in new window) (Carole A. Estabrooks; David S. Thompson; J. Jacque E. Lovely; Anne Hofmeyer)
- (PDF file) Knowledge Mobilization, Collaboration, and Social Innovation: Leveraging Investments in Higher Education (opens in new window) (Naomi Nichols; David J. Phipps; Johanne Provençal; Allyson Hewitt)
- How Can Research Organizations More Effectively Transfer Research Knowledge to Decision Makers? (external link, opens in new window) (John Lavis; Dave Robertson; Jennifer Woodside; Christopher McLeod; Julia Abelson)
Additional University Resources
Other resources to help you incorporate KM into your research include: