Knowledge Translation / Mobilization

 Simply put, Knowledge Translation is about the work we do to move knowledge into action. (PHAC KT Planning Primer )


Knowledge Translation / Knowledge Mobilization are essential components of the research process. The following resources provide guidance, tools, and strategies to approach knowledge translation/mobilization in a variety of disciplines and research contexts. 

CIHR defines Knowledge Translation (KT) as "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system." The following resources provide guidelines and tools related to KT in health research.  

SSHRC refers to this process as Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and defines it as "the reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts within Canada and/or internationally, and, ultimately, has the potential to enhance the profile, reach and impact of social sciences and humanities research." The following resources provide guidelines and tools related to KMb in social sciences and humanities research.

  • SSHRC Knowledge Mobilization Guidelines   – Guidelines to help incorporate KMb activities, including data management, into SSHRC-funded research to maximize the impact of social sciences and humanities research.

Many NSERC programs focus on Commercialization, which can be considered a form of knowledge translation. The Queen's University Partnerships and Innovation team develops and facilitates partnerships with industry, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to advance the research enterprise at Queen’s and support the commercialization of research. 

The following knowledge mobilization resources provide insight and strategies relevant to Indigenous and community-based research contexts.