Skills for Research Impact

Skills for Research Impact is a workshop series spanning the fall and winter semesters for University of Guelph faculty, research staff and graduate students interested in enhancing the impact of their research. Through six sessions facilitated by impact experts, participants will learn how to successfully plan, execute and evaluate knowledge mobilization (or knowledge translation and transfer, KTT) activities. Sessions will cover topics key to effective research communications and engagement of non-academic audiences, including policy, industry and community stakeholders.

Throughout the series, participants will be invited to apply the workshops’ content to their own research contexts and goals, and projects bring in real examples to work on. Workshops will be highly participatory and will provide practical knowledge, skills and tools that can be used right away.

Join us online this winter for one or multiple sessions! The sessions offered during fall 2022 are listed below and open for registration; winter 2023 sessions will be added later. Letters of recognition are available upon request at the end of the series for those who attended all sessions. Please contact kttadmin@uoguelph.ca for more details. 

Webinar access information will be provided through the Eventbrite registration page.

Workshop Speaker Date and Location

Planning for Research Impact

Knowledge mobilization 101! Become familiar with knowledge mobilization plans and conceptualize strategies adapted to your goals and audiences.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define ‘knowledge mobilization.’
  • Identify why knowledge mobilization is important
  • Identify best practices for knowledge mobilization
  • Summarize the steps involved in knowledge mobilization planning
  • Compare and contrast End of Grant KT and Integrated KT
  • Apply the principles of knowledge mobilization to their research

 

Register for the Planning for Research Impact session

Candace Aqui, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

1-2:30 pm

Approaches to KMb – Examples from U of G

How can you share research and engage with non-academic audiences? During this workshop, you will hear from a panel of projects and programs here at the University of Guelph about their approaches to knowledge mobilization (KMb). Speakers from across sectors will discuss their strategies for engaging stakeholders, mobilizing knowledge and planning for impact.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have learned about:

  • Approaches to stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization from several projects and programs at U of G
  • Lessons learned about best practices in knowledge mobilization
  • Useful resources for knowledge mobilization at U of G

Register for the Approaches to KMb session

Elizabeth Shantz,
Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Research Innovation Office, University of Guelph

Guest speakers from three different U of G research projects

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

1-2:30 pm

Clear Language Writing

Hone your clear communication skills! Get tips on how to structure and write clear language summaries of your research for dissemination to lay audiences.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define what clear language communication is
  • Recall why clear language communication is important in knowledge mobilization
  • Explain the importance of identifying and understanding the needs of your audience
  • Evaluate the clarity of various communication pieces
  • Construct clear language communication using organization, language and formatting strategies
Register for the Clear Language Writing session

Kim Garwood, Research and Editorial Specialist, Stiletto Consulting

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

1-2:30pm

Infographic Development and Design

Go beyond the academic poster: learn all about best practices for designing engaging and visually appealing infographics.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of visual design
  • Select appropriate resources to help make visual layouts
Create a basic infographic using PowerPoint as a graphic design tool

Register for the infographic Development session

Shannon Brown, Wellness Educator Wellness Education & Promotion Centre, University of Guelph

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

1-2:30pm

Evaluating Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KMb) Activities

When all is said and done, how do you know it worked? Go beyond the anecdote and learn to use evaluation techniques to assess the impact of your KMb efforts.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the steps involved in evaluating KMb
  • Discuss common challenges and best practices in KMb evaluation
  • Use strategies to identify KMb measures and indicators
  • Explain trade-offs in deciding what and how to measure
  • Select appropriate KMb evaluation goals
  • Build a logic model or theory of change to explain KMb rationale
  • Create a basic evaluation framework for their own KMb work

Register for the Evaluating KMb Activities session

Anne Bergen, Knowledge to Action Consulting

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

1-2:30 pm

This workshop series is a collaboration between the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) and the Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph. For more information, contact us at kttadmin@uoguelph.ca.