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University of Regina team receives funding for the creation of best practices in knowledge mobilization

PRESS RELEASE

The Community Engagement and Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Regina and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) are joining forces to educate researchers on disseminating research findings more effectively and widely. The collaboration is funded by Research Impact Canada.

“One of the biggest complaints we receive from groups we work with is that research coming from the university is not created or distributed in formats that are meaningful, relevant and accessible to community organizations and decision-makers who are in a position to act upon the findings and recommendations," says project lead Dr. Lynn Gidluck, CERC Community Director. The University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre works to address the research needs of community groups and organizations by facilitating research collaborations between the university and wider community.

Emilie Kossick is Knowledge Manager for CIPSRT, a national organization committed to supporting the mental well-being of public safety personnel in Canada. She is pleased to see CERC and CIPSRT partnering on this project. "Partnering with community organizations to create meaningful change should be the priority of all researchers, she says. “We hope this project will provide researchers with the tools to share their research in ways that are meaningful to the community, and empower community partners to ask for what they need from researchers."

The $21,000 grant will allow the research team to survey community members, organizations, and researchers about their knowledge mobilization needs, and to identify the types of communications tools most needed by policy makers and community change agents – particularly by marginalized groups. Based on this information the team will create a series of webinars and best practice guidelines for effective knowledge translation and dissemination, including producing a set of freely accessible communications templates that can be easily customized according to need.

“We would like to thank the Vice President of Research and Research Office for their leadership in purchasing a membership for the University of Regina in Research Impact Canada (RIC),” said Dr. Amber Fletcher, CERC Academic Director. “This funding from RIC will allow the University of Regina to play a major role in the national conversation around how universities can maximize their research impact through effective use and development of knowledge mobilization tools and practices.”


For more information, contact:
Lynn Gidluck at (306) 533-5634, lynn.gidluck@uregina.ca