Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) (or Knowledge Translation (KT)) is at the interface of researchers and those outside of research who will be interested in it or impacted by it one way or another – such as clinicians, patients, government, industry and society as a whole. BrainsCAN is committed to KMb at every stage of the program, becoming a beacon of KMb practice over time. It will enable and strengthen the two-way dialogue between researchers and the stakeholders of their research so that each is informed by the other; what could be responding in practice to a greater understanding of a particular condition from the research that has taken place, to modifying the direction of research because of changing practice knowledge and experiences or changing clinical needs. That ongoing shared dialogue is imperative if research and society are to genuinely collaborate and if society is to ultimately benefit in the most fundamental way from the research that it is funding.
BrainsCAN will be a KMb-oriented initiative where uptake and use of knowledge is a fundamental priority throughout every stage of the research it enables. A clear KMb focus from the beginning of a research project will enable that project to establish early on which stakeholders will be interested in or affected by it.
Other outcomes from KMb are enhancement of the profile and esteem of the University, to provide career development opportunities for Faculty, to ensure that their research and teaching is informed by user needs, and to attract Faculty and staff with national and international reputations.
We can facilitate community engagement, assist with industry partnerships and relationships, and support the planning and implementation of KMb within research projects. We can also help you to consider the potential value of IP that you might generate through your work and how to achieve positive societal impact from your research.
Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager
BrainsCAN, Western University