Knowledge Mobilization at UVic

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit at UVic operates within the Office of Community Based Research. The UVic OCBR exists to facilitate collaborative community-university research projects and partnerships that enhance the quality of life and the economic, environmental and social well-being of communities.  

For more information on OCBR, please visit their Web site.

KM Services at UVic


The Research Help Desk

The Research Help Desk is a flexible model for collaboration that is offered by the KM Unit at UVic to various community groups, government branches, and NGO’s.  

Relevant research questions and needs are brought forward by practitioners and decision-makers within community organizations, health agencies, or government ministries. In a collaborative process, the knowledge brokers connect researchers and students with decision-makers and practitioners to develop and clarify their research question, and assist with implementing a change management strategy or evidence-based policy decision.

Read here an article on UVic's Research Help Desk ("Bridging the research-knowledge gap") published in Links, the newsletter of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

For more information on the Research Help Desk, contact Laura Milne at kts@uvic.ca.

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Courses in Community Based Research

The UVic KMU has developed interdisciplinary graduate courses that are aimed at addressing research questions coming from external organizations in Victoria.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has worked with UVic on two successful courses using this model. The second run of the course was completed in late November 2008. Seven graduate students were each matched up with a question coming from a practitioner in VIHA. The student then worked with the community practitioner over the semester to address the research need and develop a solution. The class met once a week under the supervision of a professor to discuss their progress and receive lectures on topics such as gaps in translation and transfer of knowledge, building partnerships, ethics, research methods, applying research to policy and practice, etc.

Read here an article on the first of our courses with VIHA.

In January 2009 two more interdisciplinary graduate courses using this flexible model started. The first course is in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Environment, with questions coming from the Environmental Stewardship Division. This course is titled “Special Topics in Applied Research in BC Wildlife, Ecosystems and Parks”. The second course is in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, with research questions coming from the Decision Support Branch. This course is titled “Research and Evaluation Practicum in Children, Youth and Family Services & Policies”.

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Student-led Research Grants from the BC Government  

The UVic Knowledge Mobilization Unit (KMU) has received for 2008-09 a second grant from the BC government to sponsor student research that will assist the government in creating new, effective, and evidence-based public policy. The selected research projects will receive funding for anything ranging from the exploration of community restorative justice and public transit development to the examination of indigenous street youth counseling and the possible correlation between video games and aggression.   

These grants will provide UVic post-secondary students with an honorarium to undertake research on behalf of the BC government. Students will work with government employees while completing their research.  

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UVic Community Internship Summer Program

In 2009 the UVic KM Unit and Office of Community Based Research announced a new funded Community Internship Program for UVic graduate students. This initiative will provide funding for UVic graduate students to work with local Community Organizations on research identified by the Organization.  

Ten graduate students have been sponsored and project partners include AIDS Vancouver Island, Our Place Society, Blood Ties Four Directions Center and the Sto:lo Resource Management and Resource Center, to name a few.

This is an excellent opportunity for the students to apply their research skills and expertise by working on public policy, social programming, or professional practice while getting paid for their work.   

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