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An institutional Process for Brokering community-campus research collaborations

An institutional Process for Brokering community-campus research collaborations

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Title: An institutional Process for Brokering community-campus research collaborations
Author: Phipps, David
Johnny, Michael
Wedlock, Jane
Abstract: Knowledge mobilization seeks to identify and support authentic research collaborations between community and university so that benefits of the research accrue to both partners. Knowledge brokering is a key knowledge mobilization mechanism that helps community and university partners connect and build relationships in order to share expertise for mutual opportunity. There remains a need to describe in detail the typical knowledge brokering devices and methodologies. This paper presents a detailed description of York University’s knowledge brokering service which is based on eight years of knowledge mobilization practice. The process is broken into 5 broad stages: 1) in progress; 2) no match; 3) match and no activity; 4) match and activity; 5) match and project. Stage 5 includes a step to identify the non-academic impacts of the collaborative research project. This process is illustrated using examples from York University’s practice in which a match was brokered for 82% of the 342 knowledge mobilization opportunities received between 2006-2014. York University partners with United Way York Region (UWYR) to create a regional approach to knowledge mobilization supports. This paper illustrates the impacts on community and university knowledge mobilization partners following the introduction of a community-based knowledge broker at UWYR.
Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, United Way York Region and York University.
Subject: knowledge mobilization
knowledge mobilisation
knowledge broker
community campus collaboration
engaged scholarship
research impact
Type: Article
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/29459
Published: University of Saskatoon
Citation: Phipps, D.J., Johnny, M.J. and Wedlock, J. (2015) An institutional process for brokering community-campus research collaborations. Engaged Scholar Journal 1(1): 69-86.
ISSN: 2368-416X
Date: 2015-05

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