Published on July 3, 2012
Connecting water researchers and end-users:Building knowledge mobilization capacity and awareness through a consortium approach Elizabeth Shantz Knowledge Mobilization Officer, CWN
LONG TERM Improve water management in Canada for GOAL environmental, economic & social good Awareness of implications of research bySHORT TERM GOAL end-user community Identify, engage, and support researchers and end users to participate APPROACH in CWN-brokered and self-brokered knowledge mobilization Research Consortia ACTIVITIES Knowledge Mobilization Tools Evaluation 3
Consortia• End-user driven research consortia • Pathogens-in-Groundwater Research Consortium • Canadian Municipal Water Consortium • Secure Source Waters Consortium • Regional Watershed Research Consortium Nodes 4
Consortia• Lessons learned • Build KM into the structure of the consortia • Core program → consortia program • Interaction and involvement are key • Provide support and resources 6
KM Tools• Advice from end users on facilitating research partnershipshttp://www.cwn-rce.ca/publications/knowledge- translation/advice-from-research-users-on-facilitating- research-partnerships/• KM planning tool • What is KM and why do it? • Best practices 7
KM Research• KM research • Knowledge translation challenges and solutions described by researchers. Shantz, 2012 • Indicators to evaluate impact of knowledge translation and brokering. Levangie, 2011 • Consortia network mapping study. Dimitrova, 2011. • Knowledge translation and knowledge brokering tools and strategies inventory. Jusek, 2011 • Engagement, interpretation and convening functions within intermediary organizations: organizational approach and capacity. Shantz, 2010 • Organizational structure and functions within intermediary organizations: A comparative analysis. Goreham Hitchman, 2010 8
KM Tools and Research• Lessons learned • Relationships are key • Consult and involve end users • Targeted communication • “So what” not just “what” • Evaluate regularly 9
Evaluation• Project evaluations • Written and in person • Established criteria 10
Logic model representation of CWN consortia program Logic model adapted from the University of Wisconsin-Extension logic model: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html
Evaluation• Longitudinal analysis (under development) • Qualitative & quantitative data • Interviews with researchers, end users • Success stories 12
Evaluation• Lessons learned • Evaluation is difficult but very important • Qualitative and quantitative methods 13
Thank you!Questions? 14
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