Program

The Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization consists of three courses that can be completed in any order. Upon successful completion of all three courses, participants will receive a Certificate from the University of Guelph.

Course 1

Inform: Processes of knowledge translation and dissemination

Offered Online - Jan.23 - Mar.17, 2017 

Knowledge mobilization supports the flow of information and knowledge among individuals, groups, and sectors. This course provides an overview of the theories and practices involved in the creation, sharing and uptake of evidence. You will learn why and how to enhance awareness of and accessibility to relevant evidence. You will explore the processes of knowledge creation, synthesis, translation, and dissemination, and learn to use different techniques and products to share evidence.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the processes involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating KMb strategies
  • Assess the quality of evidence from a variety of sources and disciplines
  • Recognize the contexts in which knowledge is created, validated, and used
  • Identify the barriers and enablers to using and sharing evidence in different contexts and among different target audiences
  • Create a KMb plan to inform or raise awareness
  • Create strategies to collect, collate and package evidence in a way that makes it accessible and relevant to users
  • Select appropriate tools and techniques to monitor and evaluate the success of KMb information sharing and awareness-raising efforts

Course 2

Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence

Offered Online - Sept.18 - Nov. 12, 2017

The creation of productive contexts for knowledge mobilization requires acting on the factors enhancing or limiting individual, organizational and societal capacity for using and sharing evidence. This course focuses on processes and products to support target audiences in engaging with new evidence. You will learn skills and techniques to help build capacity for users to identify, make sense of, and apply relevant evidence in their individual, organizational and societal contexts. You will explore the role of knowledge brokers in enhancing user literacy and motivation, facilitating engagement, and increasing understanding and uptake of evidence.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct stakeholder analyses to understand needs of target audiences, interest in and capacity to engage with the evidence
  • Recognize individual, organizational and system-level barriers and enablers to using and applying evidence
  • Create a KMb engagement plan
  • Review various convening models (such as workshops and communities of practice) and facilitation techniques to support engagement with and dialogue around evidence
  • Determine the various roles of KMb partners and practitioners in enhancing user engagement
  • Select appropriate tools and techniques to evaluate the success of KMb engagement efforts

Course 3

Act: Transforming knowledge into action

Offered Online- Jan. 21 - Mar. 18, 2018

The ultimate objective of knowledge mobilization is to support the transformation of knowledge into action, enabling individual or social innovation and change. This course focuses on the final stage in the KMb continuum, where evidence is transformed into decisions and practices at the system, organization, community and individual level. You will learn about KMb tools and techniques that facilitate the implementation of evidence into practice and support target audiences in sustainable change. Finally, you will be introduced to more complex approaches to knowledge production and use, including co-creation, which can enhance the uptake of evidence and favour evidence-informed decisions and practices.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the individual, organizational and system-level barriers to and enablers of evidence-informed action and change
  • Create a KMb action plan to address these barriers and enable sustainable change
  • Apply appropriate products and techniques to facilitate the transformation of evidence into action
  • Select appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques to assess the impact of KMb processes, including issues of attribution and sustainability
  • Support the generation and implementation of complex KMb strategies, including program-level and organization-level KMb
  • Use tools to support complex models of knowledge production, including ethics approval, collaboration agreements, and shared decision-making structures