Knowledge Exchange & Impact

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Knowledge exchange refers to activities aimed at bridging the gap between research and real-world application or practice. Broadly speaking, this includes raising awareness of research findings and facilitating access to, and use of, research for broader impact. Western Research's Knowledge Exchange and Impact portfolio supports knowledge mobilization and translation (knowledge exchange) and dissemination activities across the university through training, consultation, and tool and resource development. We seek to increase the impact, accessibility and equity of  knowledge created and co-created by Western's researchers and their partners.

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Knowledge exchange is deliberate, requires time, effort and resources, and evolves with research, providing such benefits as:

  • Raised awareness of new knowledge and evidence
  • Increased research impact through uptake and use of research
  • Greater connections and collaborations
  • Heightened engagement between all partners

The Knowledge Exchange and Impact team at Research Western offers a series of three tools to guide researchers in planning their knowledge exchange activities as part of their research. Support, training and consultations are encouraged and welcomed by contacting us.

Knowledge Exchange Canvas: intended to support the creation of knowledge mobilization and knowledge translation plans.

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To learn more about this tool, click the video below for an overview.

Research Program Canvas: used to better understand the strategic planning required to build and maintain a research program.


To learn more about this tool, click the video below for an overview.

Impact Scholarly Diffusion Tool: intended to assist researchers in developing and enriching descriptions of research impact.

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To learn more about this tool, click the video below for an overview.


Interested in Partnering with Western research?

Ranked as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, scholars advance knowledge through innovative research that provides tangible economic, social, health and cultural benefits. The Knowledge Exchange team provides a single point of contact for community organizations seeking academic partners at Western.

Contact us today to learn how you can connect to our scholars.

Please see the following resources for additional information.

Tri-Council Definitions

Canada’s national funding agencies, CIHR, SSHRC, and NSERC, as well as other funding agencies are emphasizing and in some cases requiring as part of funding applications, rich knowledge mobilization and translation plans highlighting who engages within research, what are the research outputs and outcomes, who benefits from these outputs and outcomes, and what impact is made by the research.


Impact is the effect, change or benefit of research on the economy, society, culture, academia, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life. Traditional academic impact measures include the h-index, citation counts, and publication counts. We believe academic impact can be broadened to include measures of overall publication impact, publication depth and breadth, citation depth and breadth, and geographical spread of citations.

Additional Resources

Below, you will find some literature relevant to knowledge translation and impact.


For more information about knowledge exchange and impact support, please contact Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager (519-661-2111 ext. 84502).