Translating Research into Policy and Practice - An Introduction
Today’s researchers understand it’s no longer enough to do research, write up the results and present them at a conference of like-minded peers. The work has to be mobilized--out of the ivory tower and into the hands and minds of those who will use it to shape emerging policies and practices. The speed of global change means this process of knowledge translation, transfer or exchange has to happen quickly and continuously so that research can be used before its shelf life expires.
During this two-day workshop, you will learn how to collaborate with stakeholders, policymakers and practitioners to build their considerations into your research program before you even begin. You will learn how to develop comprehensive research-use strategies and plain language communication products to position your findings for the greatest impact. You will move beyond the “publish or perish” tradition toward fostering the relationships and networks often required to develop cross-sector solutions to complex problems. Finally, you will begin to see how the feedback gathered from partners will help ensure your research remains relevant over time.
- Identifying and establishing relationships with potential partners who can put your research to best use
- Creating a research-use strategy
- Developing plain language communication products
- Breaking down barriers to collaboration
- Using feedback effectively
- Researchers, academics, knowledge brokers or anyone involved in research they hope will influence the direction of policy and practice in their respective field (health science, social science, environmental science, etc.)
Peter Levesque, BSocSc., M.A., is a consultant and trainer based in Ottawa. He has twenty years of experience working with governments, research institutes, and professional associations on issues of knowledge mobilization. His career has included serving as Deputy-Director of Knowledge Products and Mobilization at SSHRC, as Knowledge Exchange Specialist at CHEO, and Chair of KM at Ontario Neurotrama Foundation. He serves on several boards of non-profit organizations and is President of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization. Peter is an experienced and sought after speaker, facilitator, and commentator on issues of education, research, knowledge, and social media.
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