Call for abstracts is now closed

Abstract submissions are now closed

The conference will encompass all aspects of knowledge mobilisation. The term knowledge mobilisation covers a range of strategies, activities and products that are used to support the use of research in decision making and other processes. Other commonly used terms for this work include: knowledge or research translation, knowledge synthesis, knowledge to action and knowledge exchange.

As a guide, presentations and workshops may cover:

  • Building individual and organisational capacity to access and use research
  • Methods for co-production
  • Measuring research use and impact
  • Communicating results of research
  • Knowledge brokering
  • Better methods for more rigorous policy and program evaluations

While the focus of the conference is on what works, we know that many strategies and activities are still novel and have not yet been fully tested. As such, abstracts that report on innovative approaches are also of interest.

We are calling for abstracts for two types of presentations: 10 minute presentations and 1.5 hour workshops.

What works in mobilising knowledge? Ten minute presentations

  • Policy, practice, consumer and research contexts are of interest
  • Where evaluated, strategies or activities that have been found to be effective or ineffective are appropriate to present
  • Presentations on newer approaches should be positioned within the existing body of knowledge
  • Facilitated discussions will be held at the conclusion of all presentations in each session.

Developing skill in knowledge mobilisation: Workshops

Workshops are 1.5 hours in length and should provide structured opportunity for interaction between workshop participants and with facilitator/presenters. Short talks by one or more presenters may be included. These should contribute to no more than 45 minutes of the total session time.

  • Workshops may:
    • - Examine a strategy, activity, tool, resource or process that has worked or is being tested in knowledge mobilisation
    • - Share and discuss new knowledge on knowledge mobilisation
    • - Have a skills development component
  • Knowledge and experience from more than one sector eg academic and policy is of particular interest

Abstract format

  • Abstracts for oral presentations and workshops should not exceed 300 words
  • At a minimum, all abstracts should clearly state:
    • - Session title
    • - Authors (please highlight authors who will be presenting with an asterisk)
    • - Type of presentation desired (10 minute presentation or workshop)
    • - Brief background
    • - Session aims and intended outcomes of the session

When preparing an abstract, you may consider whether your presentation or workshop includes information about any of the following:

  • Planning knowledge mobilisation: What were the drivers for the knowledge mobilisation intervention? How were stakeholders engaged in the planning process? What structures were in place to support the intervention and how were resources mobilised? What were the objectives of the intervention and how did they play out in practice? What were the critical success factors or take-home messages?
  • Implementing knowledge mobilisation: Who was engaged in implementation and why? Did you opt for a standardised or adaptive approach, and why? How did context interact with the implementation and how did you manage this? What critical roles were identified? Was your approach more or less difficult than anticipated and why? What obstacles did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
  • Evaluating knowledge mobilisation: What aspects of the program or intervention were evaluated and with what rationale? How were these aspects measured and validity tested? Or, was process, impact, or outcome evaluation selected? How well did your chosen method capture the real world experience of the program or intervention? Was the information captured useful? How was it used?
  • Measuring knowledge mobilisation effectiveness: What strategy, program or project did you measure? What approach to measurement was selected and why? Did the components measured provide useful information? If yes, what action followed the identification of outcomes? If not, what was missed? What did your approach achieve that other methods would not have?