Research Brokering in Education

Research Brokering in Education (RBE) will identify and promote effective strategies for accessing and applying educational research.

Project Category:
Strengthening research brokering work
Topic Area:
Knowledge Mobilization
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Engagement
Project Lead(s):
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Project Partners:

KNAER-RECRAE network

Research Supporting Practice in Education network

Brief Background:
Research Brokering in Education (RBE) will identify and promote effective strategies for accessing and applying educational research. RBE will provide an online collaborative space for various stakeholders to share and access models and useful resources in research brokering and intermediary work.
Research Context:
Knowledge Mobilization (KM) literature has identified common barriers to research use across fields, including education. For example, mobilization efforts amongst researchers and research institutions tend to be weak (Cooper, Levin & Campbell, 2009) and research is often written in technical language in spaces that are only accessible to researchers, and do not always include practical implications for practitioners or policy makers(Miller, Drill & Behrstock, 2010). Additionally, when research is available in accessible formats, practitioners and policy makers may not have the skills to analyze, interpret or judge the quality of research findings. This project aims to facilitate knowledge mobilization in Ontario by building awareness of the available KM tools and resources that can be used to overcome these barriers.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This project involves the development of an online searchable directory of over 100 knowledge mobilization resources that can be used by researchers, practitioners and policy makers in education to improve their knowledge mobilization efforts. The directory currently includes: links to toolkits that aid researchers in writing clear and practically relevant research summaries that can be used by practitioners and policy makers; guides to using social media to mobilize research knowledge; resources that aid practitioners and policy makers in analyzing and assessing the quality of research resources; and resources to aid individuals and organizations in developing knowledge mobilization action plans; among others.
Outcomes:
Research Brokering in Education will help researchers, practitioners and policy makers exploit the use of existing research more effectively in practice, By developing an online directory of KM resources, RBE will assist education researchers to mobilize their research to education stakeholders in Ontario, and will assist practitioners and policy makers to assess and use research in their practice and decision making.