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Knowledge Mobilization Processes During the Research Process in Two Projects: Lessons for the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

Lead Researcher and Department
David Speed, Intern, Master’s of Applied Social Psychology Candidate, Memorial University

Funding Resources
Harris Centre

Summary
This report provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) process for two projects: the “Social Foundations of Innovation in City Regions” (SFICR) and the “Rural Urban Functional Regions” (RUFR). Knowledge Mobilization is the process of gathering and disseminating topic specific information, and facilitating the gathering and dissemination of topic-specific information. It is a tool to ensure information is accessible to interested parties and has an emphasis on consumer satisfaction.

The Social Foundations of Innovation in City Regions project (SFICR) was a Newfoundland and Labrador extension of the Innovation Systems Research Network Project, which focused on fifteen major cities in Canada. SFICR extended the initial scope of the ISRN project from St. John’s to include Clarenville, Corner Brook and Western Labrador. These smaller urban areas represented a cross-section of economic and geographic factors, and had infrastructure able to ensure collaborative events could take place. They also demonstrated that innovation is not restricted to metropolitan locales.

The Rural-Urban Functional Regions project is a collaborative project that investigates the labour market in terms of development, governance and planning in a functional region rather than an administrative region. RUFR has four integral components: using GIS to determine connections and links between NL communities; identify strengths and weaknesses of existing governance mechanisms; create a regional economic capacity index (RECI); and collaborate with municipalities in NL to inform policies and practices. RUFR recognizes three types of regions: urban adjacent (within commuting distance); urban non-adjacent (accessible via day trips); and rural remote (reliant on four-wheel drive, aquatic or aerial vehicles). The population centres examined are the Irish Loop (urban adjacent), Twillingate (non-urban adjacent) and the Labrador Straits (rural remote).

A flow chart and surveys were constructed and the surveys administered to Organizers and Participants at meetings and forums. The response rate for the evaluation was reasonably high at 35%. Responses were analyzed and recommendations made for future improvement.

http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/reports/David_Speed_Report.pdf

Dates
2011

Keywords
Knowledge mobilization, Mobilization, Governance, Innovation

Locations
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
St. John's
Avalon Peninsula

Industry Sectors
Social science research and development (Professional, scientific and technical services — Scientific research and development services — Research and development in the social sciences and humanities)

Thematic Categories
Community Development
Governance
Regional Development

Departments
Harris Centre (STJ)
Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (STJ)