Services for Research Teams

The KM Core Team has been assembled to provide oversight, advice, and support to GWF projects for their knowledge mobilization initiatives and can provide various types of services including assistance with:

  • Planning your project or initiative to ensure mechanisms for two-way communication and participation are in place with your partners

  • Identifying different strategies to exchange knowledge and disseminate findings within your research team, with partners, and broader audiences

  • Facilitating events, committees, and meetings that bring together your research team, partners and collaborators

  • Connecting you with synergistic opportunities with other GWF research projects and potential new practitioners, water managers and decision-makers that can use your research

  • Developing decision-support products that are informed by users and designed with audiences in mind (i.e., design and delivery of virtual decision labs, participatory modelling, briefs, newsletters, etc.)

  • Providing KM training for capacity building within your team, including students and young professionals

  • Tracking and evaluating progress of your knowledge mobilization activities

  • Sharing the successes of your research impact

 Our knowledge mobilization specialists based at each partner institution are available to discuss and assist in your knowledge mobilization needs.

Research Cycle of Best Practices

The KM research cycle of best practices was adapted from the Canadian Water Network's "Knowledge Translation Challenges and Solutions Described by Researchers" (2012) by Elizabeth Shantz.

Knowledge mobilization activities are necessary throughout the research cycle, not only at the start when identifying interested end users, or at the end when delivering research products to those end users. To assist researchers in identifying key KM considerations and actions throughout the entire research process, the KM Core Team has developed step-wise flowcharts following the research cycle.

Identifying and connecting with partners (institutions and organizations with direct research involvement), collaborators (individuals with direct research involvement), end-users (any recipient of outputs and findings without an active role in research activities) and stakeholders (any individuals or groups affected by the outputs and findings) involves:

  • Determining relevant and interested parties
  • Building relationships using a proactive and multifaceted approach
  • Maintaining and expanding relationships
  • Analyzing project resourcing and team structure
  • Continuously and collaboratively tracking and reflecting throughout processes

Co-development, design and planning of the research project involves:

  • Creating a common understanding
  • Jointly establishing interests and priorities
  • Jointly establishing the project scope and methodology
  • Jointly establishing measures of success
  • Workplan packaging

Project management and reporting involves:

  • Maintaining engagement efforts throughout the research cycle
  • Creating mechanisms for interpretation, reporting, and adaptive management
  • Documenting processes to ensure engagements are effective and archived for future reference
  • Creating opportunities for multimedia content creation throughout the project

Interpreting and communicating findings involves:  

  • Identifying strategies for transferring information to partners, collaborators, end users, and stakeholders
  • Hosting workshops and seminars with, or for, individuals and groups
  • Creating appropriate publications for different purposes

Evaluating throughout the research project involves:

  • Determining process-based, project-level indicators and outcomes-based, product-level indicators
  • Measuring indicators
  • Jointly evaluating practical and scientific impact
  • Listening to feedback and acting on it

Resources for Projects

We are continually developing KM process and product templates that can be shared and adapted for project use. Let us know if you would like to see something specific!

From the Community of Practice

The Canadian Water Network:

Integration and Implementation Insights:

Climate Outreach, Communications Handbook for IPCC Scientists:

From the Science of Team Science 

Bielak, Alex, Andrew Campbell, Shealagh Pope, Karl Schaefer, and Louise Shaxson. "From Science Communication to Knowledge Brokering: the Shift from ‘Science Push’ to ‘Policy Pull’." In Communicating Science in Social Contexts: New models, new practices, edited by Donghong Cheng, Michel Claessens, Toss Gascoigne, Jenni Metcalfe, Bernard Schiele, and Shunke Shi, 201-226. Dordecht: Springer, 2008. 

Cash, David, William Clark, Frank Alcock, Nancy Dickson, Noelle Eckley and Jill Jager. "Salience, Credibility, Legitimacy and Boundaries: Linking Research, Assessment and Decision Making."  IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc (2002). 

Mâsse, Louise, Richard Moser, Daniel Stokols, Brandie Taylor, Stephen Marcus, Glen Morgan, Kara Hall, Robert Croyle, and William Trochim. “Measuring Collaboration and Transdisciplinary Integration in Team Science.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35, no. 2 (2008): S151-S160.

McKean, Matthew. Beyond Citations: Knowledge Mobilization, Research Impact, and the Changing Nature of Academic Work. The Conference Board of Canada, 2016.

Schaefer, Karl and Alex Bielak. “Linking Water Science to Policy: Results from a Series of National Workshops on Water.” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 113, no. 1-3 (2006): 431-442. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-005-9093-5

Shaxson, Louise, Alex Bielak, Ibrahim Ahmed, Derek Brien, Bernadette Conant, Catherine Fisher, Elin Gwyn, Laurens Klerkx, Anne Middleton, Sarah Morton, Laxmi Pant, and David Phipps. Expanding our understanding of K*(KT, KE, KTT, KMb, KB, KM, etc.) A concept paper emerging from the K* conference held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, April 2012. Hamilton, ON: UNUINWEH, 2012.

Wall, Tamara, Alison Meadow and Alexandra Horganic. “Developing Evaluation Indicators to Improve the Process of Coproducing Usable Climate Science.” Weather, Climate and Society 9, no.1 (2017): 95-107.