What is Knowledge Mobilization?

Knowledge mobilization (KMb) is the process of creating and sharing research in ways that are meaningful for policymakers, practitioners, and communities. It is generally understood as a process based on collaboration between knowledge producers (often researchers) and knowledge users (such as education and service providers), using methods such as knowledge sharing, translation, exchange, and co-creation to inform program and policy decision or to provide the basis for community-focused action. In knowledge mobilization, the goal is to maximize the impact of research and to capture and communicate those impacts as widely as possible.

  • Knowledge mobilization, knowledge transfer, and implementation science are all terms used to describe the process of moving research into practice, through the engagement of researchers and knowledge producers with knowledge users, including practitioners and other stakeholders, such as people with lived experience.

For more information about the distinctions between Knowledge Mobilization, Knowledge Translation and Knowledge Transfer, see this article by CYRRC member, Akm Alagmir and Sibghat Usmani.

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