Knowledge mobilization is an intentional approach to help facilitate two-way knowledge exchange between researchers and community (practitioners, policy makers, public) through collaboratively building research, engaging with research outputs and products, and translating findings to enhance the real-world impact of research on society.
How SFU's Knowledge Mobilization Officer can support you
Some of the ways we can work with you:
- Help with developing knowledge mobilization plans for grant applications.
- Support to initiate your knowledge mobilization strategy post-award.
- Identifying SFU resources to support your knowledge mobilization activities.
- Request tailored training in principles and skills of knowledge mobilization.
If you need help, please contact Lupin Battersby, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778.782.7434.
Register for a knowledge mobilization workshop
Check out our upcoming workshops here.
Knowledge mobilization strategies and tools
Build community relationships
Ways to build relationships with your stakeholders and partners:
- Map your stakeholders.
- Seek support from the Knowledge Mobilization Officer or the Office of Community Engagement.
- Explore resources available through SFU's Community Engaged Research initiative.
Use plain language
Use plain language practices when communicating with stakeholders and partners:
- Avoid jargon and express yourself in clear, easily understood terms.
- Learn more about resources for honing your style in academic writing.
Create data visualizations
Data visualizations let your readers explore your research in new ways.
Get creative with interactive data visualizations, diagrams, and infographics:
- Learn about Tableau or attend a data visualization workshop.
- Request a workshop on graphics or visual communication from CEE (Centre for Educational Excellence).
Host or take part in community events
Engage your community through activities and events:
- Host a town hall, information session, workshop, or public forum.
- Connect with SFU Public Square or the Office of Community Engagement for ideas and support.
Connect with journalists and traditional media
Attend an SFU Communications and Marketing workshop, such as:
Get listed in the SFU Media Experts Directory to be contacted by journalists for comment on topical issues.
Connect with your faculty communicator.
Get the word out with other forms of media
Share your work through various media platforms:
- Learn more about Twitter and blogging for academics.
- Create a video or podcast about your work.
- Learn and use the studio equipment in the Media and Maker Commons.
Evaluate the impact
Be sure to track and assess the impact of your knowledge mobilization activities:
- Use a knowledge mobilization framework or model.
- Develop an evaluation plan with help from the Knowledge Mobilization Officer.