Mobilizing Research Knowledge

We are interested in using our knowledge mobilization (KMb) experience to critically explore and understand research impact, including processes, outcomes and conditions for success, as well as identify what strategies work and for whom they work. Research on KMb reveals that the impact of social science research is hard to predict, difficult to guide, and a challenge to measure and assess. Our KMb ‘theory of change’ is based on recognition that we must have a solid understanding of knowledge users and their needs, as well as the factors that enhance or inhibit the mobilization of research and the conditions necessary for policy and practice to incorporate new knowledge. Conducting research on our own KMb practices will not only contribute to more effective practice but will also create generalizable knowledge (that is useful beyond the homelessness sector) about methods to enhance (and measure) the impact of research in general.