Vol. 51 No. 3 (2021): Special Issue 51(3): 2021-2022
Special Issue: Looking back, looking forward

Institutionally Embedded Professionals’ Perspectives on Knowledge Mobilization: Findings from a Developmental Evaluation

Stephen MacGregor
Queen's University

Published 2022-03-23

Keywords

  • knowledge mobilization,
  • research impact,
  • higher education institution,
  • developmental evaluation,
  • networked learning

How to Cite

MacGregor, S., Phipps, D. J., Malcolm Edwards, C., Kyffin, J., & Portes, V. (2022). Institutionally Embedded Professionals’ Perspectives on Knowledge Mobilization: Findings from a Developmental Evaluation. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 51(3), 166–183. https://doi.org/10.47678/cjhe.vi0.189103

Abstract

Intentional efforts to advance the societal impacts of research are known as knowledge mobilization (KMb). Despite increas-ing pressure on researchers and higher education institutions (HEIs) to engage in KMb activities, capacity building in this area is constrained by a limited understanding of the role of HEIs from the perspective of embedded KMb professionals. This study presents findings from a developmental evaluation of Research Impact Canada’s efforts to build institutional capacity for KMb. Through semi-structured interviews (n = 20) with KMb professionals from 15 Canadian HEIs, we share (a) approaches for how KMb professionals can thrive in institutional environments, and (b) essential questions about KMb for the higher edu-cation sector. From that basis, we discuss how there is a need for skilled KMb professionals within HEIs and a need for (inter)national research and practice collaborations.

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