In a new blog post, John Bush, Associate Director of Education at Social Ventures Australia and part of the leadership team of Evidence for Learning, Australia, shares insights from his recent trip to North America.  In Am I an Evidence Broker? Reflections on a Trip to North America, John credits Dr. Vivian Tseng from the William T. Grant Foundation, the Knowledge Network for Applied Education (KNAER) team, and Jonathan Sharples from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), for informing his thoughts on what it means to be an evidence "broker."  He identifies 3 general areas that he believes knowledge brokers are playing a role in connecting research to practice as well as connecting practice to research: 

1) creating resources that distil and communicate evidence from research;
2) convening partnerships between researchers and practitioners; and
3) supporting practitioners to engage with evidence and test its impact locally.

To read John's description of Resource CreatorsPartnership Convenors, and Practice Supporters, and emerging evidence on effective brokering, be sure to read John's blog on the Evidence for Learning website.

Thank you, John, for sharing your insightful thoughts on knowledge brokers, and including KNAER in your blog post!

Looking to gain direct insights from those credited in John's blog? Don't forget to check out: 

Vivian Tseng, John Easton, and Lauren Supplee's KNAER blog: CREATING PARTNERSHIPS: LEARNING NEW WAYS TO CONNECT

Jonathan Sharples' KNAER blog: PARTNERING WITH EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS TO MOBILIZE KNOWLEDGE: EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS IN AUSTRALIA AND THE UK  

And, the KNAER team's report, which inspired Phase 2!