WHAT IS THE KNAER?
The (Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research, (KNAER)/Réseau d’échange des connaissances pour la recherche appliquée en éducation (RECRAE) will build on the past successess of KNAER-RECRAE and adopt a systems approach that focuses on building connections and collaboration among the Ministry of Education, researchers, educators, and provincial organizations, across the Ontario education sector and beyond, to implementAchieving Excellence. Building system capacity for evidence use through partnerships and collaboration will support knowledge mobilization through co-learning, interaction, and leadership at all levels of the education system. Thus, the mission of a renewed KNAER-RECRAE will be to develop thematic networks and build system-wide capacity for knowledge mobilization and evidence use in order to implement evidence-informed education practices for Achieving Excellence.
To achieve these purposes and support the evolution towards a systems approach, the Ministry is establishing a KNAER-RECRAE 'Secretariat' that will support and connect thematic networks and communities of practice, provide and champion knowledge mobilization expertise, and build capacity for knowledge mobilization and 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.