Guide for Knowledge Mobilization in the Context of Research Partnerships

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Vaillancourt, Sonia
Sutton, Louise
Shields, Genevieve
Lapierre, Andrée
Fontan, Jean-March
Dumais, Lucie
Bussières, Denis
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Introduction: There is growing interest in knowledge mobilization, a concept usually associated with the concept of knowledge “transfer”. All parties involved in research partnerships expect the knowledge stemming from research activities to be useful, whether their objective is to democratize knowledge, share it with decision makers or apply it concretely to the needs of social economy organizations and enterprises. This is why the ARUC-ÉS/RQRP-ÉS coordinating committee appointed a working committee1 to build on its practices in the area of knowledge mobilization. The Guide for Knowledge Mobilization in the Context of Research Partnerships fulfils the commitment of ARUC-ÉS and RQRP-ÉS to effectively transfer new knowledge so as to contribute to the sustainability of the social economy and to the development of communities. With this present document, the Alliance and the Réseau hope to provide research partners with a tool to enrich and optimize the dissemination and transfer of the knowledge resulting from their research. We begin by identifying the significance of knowledge mobilization within the context of social economy research partnerships. The Guide then provides a brief overview of practices of the Alliance and the Réseau in the dissemination and transfer of knowledge. Lastly, we make a number of suggestions to promote rewarding, relevant and high-quality strategies for knowledge mobilization. Readers seeking a description of the ARUC-ÉS and RQRP-ÉS model and research partnerships process are invited to consult the document entitled Research Partnerships: the ARUC-ÉS and RQRP-ÉS Model.