Strengthening Research Brokering

The Knowledge Mobilization Lab (KM Lab) is sponsored by the Evidence-Based Education and Services Team (E-BEST) to help in mobilizing evidence-based research across the Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB).

Project Category:
Strengthening research brokering work
Topic Area:
Knowledge Mobilization
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning, Equity, Engagement
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
The Knowledge Mobilization Lab (KM Lab) is sponsored by the Evidence-Based Education and Services Team (E-BEST) to help in mobilizing evidence-based research across the Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB). The KM Lab brings together researchers, intermediaries, and education professionals to discuss issues and to conduct systematic experiments in the field of knowledge mobilization and implementation science. The KM Lab provides an opportunity to explore ideas for knowledge mobilization, provide suggestions and feedback on knowledge mobilization activities, and to learn about new research and theory in this area.
Research Context:
Research officers in many school districts in Ontario have expressed an interest in knowledge mobilization (AERO, 2009). Few boards have the capacity to set up and support a KM Lab equivalent. This proposal broadens the research of the HWDSB Lab to include interested researchers in other districts.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
Low-cost, “off the shelf” components and software will enable the KM Lab to meet both physically and virtually . Adobe Connect, web camera, and headsets will be provided for members to participate in KM Lab meetings. Further, using Adobe Creative Suite, the raw footage from these meetings will be edited into brief video segments that capture individual consultations, questions, or learning opportunities. These videos will be posted on the E-BEST website and on appropriate social networking sites.

In addition to the KM activities inherent in this project and in the KM Lab, an educator-friendly summary of the virtual KM Lab will be produced , including the technology requirements to duplicate the project. The results of the evaluation will be presented at one or more educational conferences in Ontario, and if the findings warrant, a paper will be made for publication detailing the results.
Outcomes:
The primary objective of the project is to increase attendance by KM Lab participants who work at sites. A secondary objective is to share the KM Lab sessions with a broader audience.