Research summaries improve access and utility of academic research

Academic research is frequently not easily accessible nor is it easily useful for nonacademic decision makers. The Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Unit at York University conducted a pilot project to capture the results and impact of federally funded SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) research in a simple and effective format. Using Clear Language Writing and Design approaches, the KM Unit wanted to build a library of summaries then test the style, format and usefulness of these summaries in policy or professional settings.

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