Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) is the term predominantly used in education, primarily because the major funder (the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, SSHRC) uses this terminology. Other fields such as health or agriculture use terms such as knowledge translation and transfer (KTT), knowledge brokering, or knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE).

What are the major strategies? (click on them for the full definition or hover over)

  • Dissemination – Circulating tailored research findings to target audiences
  • Interaction – Developing stronger links and collaborations
  • Social Influence – Relying on experts and peers
  • Facilitation – Enabling the use of research
  • Incentives & Reinforcements – Developing ‘reinforcers’ to influence actions of researchers, practitioners and policy makers

What are the major questions?

When thinking about mobilizing research knowledge, there are four major questions to consider (Lavis et al., 2003):

  • What is the message?
  • Who are the audiences and who are the intermediaries?
  • How will the new knowledge be mobilized?
  • Why should the new knowledge be mobilized? What is the desired effect?

How do I mobilize knowledge?

KMb strategies can be placed in four overall categories:


Research dissemination that encapsulates knowledge in written, audio or visual forms.


Activities such as open lectures, conferences, seminars, academic workshops, symposia, and exhibitions when the aim of these activities is to disseminate research to practitioners and users.


Efforts to build relationships among and between knowledge producers and potential users.

Capacity Building

Efforts to build KMb skills, practice, and understanding with individuals and groups in the education sector

How can Collective Impact support Knowledge Mobilization?

Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. Collective impact can act as effective framework to get research into practice and practice to influence research.

Existing Knowledge Mobilization Networks