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1 Presented by: Kelly Bairos, PhD student Faculty of Education, Western University on behalf of Dr. Katina Pollock, Assistant Professor Faculty of Education, Western University

2 OVERVIEW:  What is knowledge mobilization?  Knowledge mobilization and implications for policy  Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research  KNAER’s genesis  What does the KNAER do?  How does such a collaboration work?  Successes  Challenges  Potential for the KNAER to inform policy  Recommendations

3 WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION?  General definition  Umbrella term  Knowledge management  Knowledge transfer  Knowledge translation  Knowledge exchange  Defined in light of education  “the ways in which well-validated bodies of knowledge about education, resulting from extensive empirical enquiry, are connected to, or influence, policy and practice in the education system” (OERP)

4 KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY Governments are in a unique position  Procure research services  Commission systematic reviews of research in the field  Ability to establish large-scale networks that involve many stakeholders Actionable messages

5 KNOWLEDGE NETWORK FOR APPLIED EDUCATION RESEARCH

6 What is the KNAER?  Tri-partite agreement between Ontario Ministry of Education, University of Toronto, and University of Western Ontario  Government-university partnership designed to create supporting conditions for mobilizing research knowledge in order to improve practice across an education system KNAER: ITS GENESIS

7 Why was it formed?  Part of larger MOE strategy to advance evidence-based and research-informed policies, programs, and practices across education system  Developed as result of MOE’s desire to create a successful KM network for teachers, administrators, researchers, intermediaries, and policy-makers KNAER: ITS GENESIS

8 Who was funded?  44 knowledge mobilization projects funded, including:  22 universities  8 colleges  35 school districts  10 health organizations  60 intermediary organizations KNAER: ITS GENESIS

9  Funds projects that encourage research users to shape and filter new knowledge and adapt to own environments through use of networks  At same time enters into partnerships  Works towards facilitating communication and transferring findings  Also acts as “knowledge broker” KNAER: WHAT DOES IT DO?

10 KNAER: HOW DOES SUCH A COLLABORATION WORK?  Planning and Implementation Committee (PIC)  Selection of projects and service contracts  Operationalization and administration  Administration of funding

11 KNAER: SUCCESSES  Enthusiastic response from the sector  109 proposals received from sector featuring partnerships of over 140 organizations  Multiple partnerships and emerging networks  Extension of the KNAER to 2013  Projects reaching beyond traditional dissemination methods

12 KNAER: CHALLENGES  ‘Know-how’ of knowledge mobilization  Organizational and administrative  Time  Financial management

13 KNAER: POTENTIAL TO INFORM POLICY  Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch making conscious effort to loop KNAER activities back into ministry  Initial connection points in area of knowledge sharing and interaction  Ontario Education Research Symposium – connects researchers, educators, and policy makers  Policy Research Connections Series

14 KNAER: RECOMMENDATIONS  Provide opportunities for potential projects to learn various knowledge mobilization strategies ahead of designing KM projects  Intentionally make an effort to understand organizational differences – a true partnership with shared decision-making  Build in extra time throughout the entire process (e.g., procurement, implementation, evaluation, etc.)

15 CONTACT Dr. Katina Pollock, Assistant Professor Faculty of Education, Western University Co-Director - KNAER Kelly Bairos, PhD student Faculty of Education, Western University Network Manager - KNAER


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