WHAT IS THE KNAER?
The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER-RECRAE) is building on its past successes and adopting a systems approach by supporting thematic knowledge networks that focus on building connections and collaboration. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the thematic knowledge networks, focused on priority topics, will connect researchers, educators and provincial organizations across the education sector, and beyond, in support of the implementation of the ministry’s renewed vision Achieving Excellence. The thematic knowledge networks will build system capacity for evidence use and support knowledge mobilization through co-learning, interaction and leadership at all levels of the education system.
To support this renewed approach, the ministry has established a KNAER-RECRAE Secretariat (partners at OISE and Western) that will support and connect thematic knowledge networks and their communities of practice, build capacity for knowledge mobilization, and broker research-practice connections.
The KNAER-RECRAE focuses on building, advancing and applying robust evidence of effective practices through research conduction, synthesizing state-of-the-art knowledge from existing bodies of evidence (from Ontario and beyond) and facilitating networks of policy-makers, educators and researchers working collaboratively to apply research-to-practice. It also acts as a ‘knowledge broker’ to facilitate and lead the spread of established and new evidence through networks across Ontario’s policy, education and research communities, and connects with national and international networks.