If you would like to ensure that your research is read, understood, and discussed by the broadest possible audience, join us this fall for a series of hands-on, interactive workshops on knowledge mobilization.
Successful knowledge mobilization strategies ensure that academic research can be used by teachers, policy makers, health care practitioners, and the general public to make evidence-based decisions that will effect real world change.
What is knowledge mobilization?
Knowledge mobilization includes the processes by which research is translated or synthesized into plain language and made available for the public. SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, defines it more broadly as "[t]he reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts" (SSHRC, 2018).
Knowledge Mobilization Workshop Series
Are you interested in contributing to the public discourse? Would you like your research to be read, understood, and discussed both inside and outside the academy? Learn how you can pitch your work to The Conversation Canada, a trusted, independent, international media resource dedicated to highlighting the work of the academic and research community for the public. Publishing with The Conversation not only ensures that your work is translated and transmitted to the broadest possible audience; you will also gain access to information about how your work has been read and shared online. Join us for a discussion about author requirements and questions you should ask yourself when developing your story pitch.
This workshop is facilitated by Scott White.
Scott White is Editor of The Conversation Canada. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press and Vice-President, Content Strategy and Business Development at Postmedia Network. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson University.
Interested in blogging about your research but not sure where to start? This hands-on workshop led by Alice Fleerackers will offer key tips and tricks for communicating your work to online audiences.
With a special focus on making academic content accessible, we'll take a deep dive into the world of web writing. We'll cover everything from "research storytelling" to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), outlining essential best practices for each. We'll also cover the challenges and opportunities of writing for non-academic audiences, and learn some simple tools and strategies for putting these lessons into practice. Whether you're an established academic or just starting out, you'll learn why it's never too soon to share your knowledge online.
Alice Fleerackers is a freelance writer whose writing has been published in digital marketing blogs, psychology journals, and everything in between. She's also a researcher at the Scholarly Communications Lab, an editor for the nonprofit Art the Science, and a doctoral student studying science communication at Simon Fraser University. Find her on Twitter at @FleerackersA
Note: Participants are invited to bring one research article each — either something they've written or something they've read — that they would like to "bloggify" during the session.
It's a myth that academic writing requires a dense style and liberal use of jargon. In fact, dense writing risks excluding interested readers who might benefit from academic research. Plain-language writing, on the other hand, expresses complex ideas clearly and concisely in ways that enable understanding after the first reading. This workshop covers five stylistic strategies central to plain language, with opportunities for discussion and practice. These five strategies help motivated readers engage with your writing and increase their chance of understanding it in the way you intended.
This workshop is led by Amanda Goldrick-Jones.
Amanda Goldrick-Jones started her writing life as a newspaper reporter in Toronto and Vancouver before receiving her BA and MA in English Language at UBC. After teaching writing and communication at UBC and Langara College, she studied rhetoric and professional communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she received her PhD. She then served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Winnipeg's Centre for Academic Writing and helped develop the major program in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. When she moved back to the coast in 2006, she spent two years at Simon Fraser University as the SLC's first writing services coordinator. At UBC, she taught academic, business, and technical writing courses while designing online writing courses for the UBC Writing Centre. Amanda returned to the SLC in July 2013, where she focuses on developing and coordinating writing services for undergraduates.
Explore New Ways of Sharing Your Work: An Introduction to the Media and Maker Commons for Researchers
Join us for a tour and overview of SFU Library's new Media and Maker Commons! Learn how you can incorporate 3D printers, a vintage printing press, laser cutters, or video and audio recording and editing suites into your research projects. The Media and Maker Commons is here to help you communicate your research findings in new ways:
- synthesize your work into bite-sized audio or video media using the recording studios
- record a podcast in the one-button podcasting studio
- produce physical prototypes with the 3D printer and laser cutters
- …and more!
Integrated Knowledge Translation: Collaborating with Multidisciplinary Teams to Support Research Impact
Conducting research and integrated knowledge translation (IKT) in partnership with the public allows research teams to work together to produce findings that are impactful and relevant to practice. Come join us as we discuss how you can incorporate IKT approaches into your research processes.
This workshop is presented by the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Although we support patient-oriented research (POR) and knowledge translation to improve health, health systems, and healthcare practices, this workshop will provide tools and resources for you to learn how to use IKT in any discipline of research. We will introduce the concepts of POR and IKT, including tips on how to engage patients and the public as partners in research. We will demonstrate the elements of a successful IKT grant application and project, and work in small groups to design a sample IKT plan.
This workshop is led by Alia Januwalla and Brittney La Pietra.
Alia Januwalla is the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Alia works with researchers and public partners across the Fraser-Salish region to promote the use of integrated knowledge translation strategies in patient-oriented research projects, and to implement evidence-informed initiatives (such as decision support tools or programs) to improve patient outcomes and health. Prior to this role, Alia worked with the Knowledge Translation Program in Toronto, supporting population health implementation science research projects. She has experience with community-based participatory research projects and knowledge translation activities including community forums, public engagement decision-making tools, educational products, and academic publications.
Brittney La Pietra is the SFU Research Navigator for the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Brittney supports faculty, students, and staff at SFU in conducting patient-oriented research. She advises on patient-oriented methodology, ethical considerations, grant applications, and facilitates collaborations with non-academic stakeholders within the government and health authorities. Prior to this role, Brittney worked as a lawyer and subsequently applied that experience to a role in the Office of Research Ethics at SFU. Ask Brittney about team facilitation and leadership, developing grant and ethics applications, and skills training for research and communication.
This workshop series is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. Please register for each workshop individually using the links above.