Planning for Knowledge Mobilization and Impact

Effective KMb rquires planning, much like the other parts of any research application. Planning can provide a stable foundation to pursue positive impact from your work, whether that's within your research community, patient or clinician group or elsewhere in society.

Here is BrainsCAN's planning tool, available for your own use or together with support from Jon Deeks, BrainsCAN's Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager, who will be happy to review, advise and work with you:

Other Knowledge Mobilization support

During the COVID-19 outbreak, work-from-home means that the twice-monthly drop-in opportunities between 2pm and 4pm for any BrainsCAN-aligned researcher are postponed. There are still many ways to access BrainsCAN that are not affected by COVID-19. If you are developing future grant applications, Jon Deeks, Knowledge Mobilization & Impact (KMb & I) Manager, can review your application for KMb & I implications and opportunities. Jon can also work with you on an impact case study, Project or Research Summary, or other dissemination activities.

Other resources

If you are new to the terms Knowledge Translation (KT) or Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), the following resources are very useful. Note that while you might be new to those terms, you could have been engaging in KMb activities already in your research.

E-learning modules from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The first is Introduction to Knowledge Translation, which introduces the concept of knowledge translation (KT) and how it can be useful in your work. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in closing the research to practice gap and is applicable to a diverse range of sectors. Upon completion, you will be able to define knowledge translation and understand its relevance to your work.

Estimated duration: 13 minutes

View module 1 - Introduction to Knowledge Translation

The second is How to Prepare a Knowledge Translation Plan. It will walk you through the key elements of building a KT plan using the Knowledge Translation Planning Template© (KTPT). Upon completion of this module, you will be able to use the KTPT© to prepare a KT plan and work through the key components of KT planning in a step by step manner that will guide your KT activities.

Estimated duration: 25 minutes

View module 2 - How to Prepare a KT Plan

Tri-agency information on KMb/KT

The following are guidelines and support that the tri-agencies make available on their own websites:

CIHR's guide to knowledge translation

SSHRC's guidelines on effective knowledge mobilization

For more information, contact:

Jon Deeks, KTPC
Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager
BrainsCAN, Western University