A Tool to Assess and Compare Knowledge Mobilization Efforts of Faculties of Education, Research Brokering Organizations, Ministries of Education, and School Districts
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There are few tools that exist to measure knowledge mobilization (KMb), the process of connecting research to policy and practice, across diverse organizations and sectors. This article reports on a comparison of KMb efforts of 105 educational organizations: faculties of education (N = 21), intermediary organizations (N = 44), school districts (N = 14), and ministries of education (N = 26). This study used an instrument that analyzed KMb efforts along two dimensions -- (1) research dissemination strategies (products, events, and networks) and (2) research use indicators (different types of indicators, ease of use, accessibility, collaboration, and mission) – using data available on organizational websites. Findings: Intermediaries and faculties of education are producing stronger efforts in relation to knowledge mobilization than school districts and ministries of education; however, even faculties and intermediaries generally have modest efforts. Most KMb efforts are product based, with network strategies usually being the weakest KMb strategy utilized.