Knowledge mobilization aims to do more than simply inform people about research findings; it seeks to present the implications of research in a way that catalyzes action. Consequently, knowledge mobilizers must be more than simply good talkers, capable of presenting what they have learned in an engaging way. They must also understand the contexts within which their intended audiences live and work. Knowledge mobilizers must be good listeners.
Program evaluation is one way for social researchers to listen to practitioners. It is a form of social research built with the sole purpose of understanding and informing action. In a sense, the evaluator is a social researcher embedded in the world of social action. He or she has unique access to the mechanisms through which knowledge and action inform one another.
In this presentation, Andrew Taylor, evaluation practitioner with Taylor-Newberry Consulting and Engaged Practitioner at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, talked about the ways in which non-profit organizations employ research knowledge in their work, and the obstacles that they face in their attempts to design evidence-based interventions. Participants were then invited to reflect on the ways in which evaluation may be a mechanism through which practice can inform academic social research.
This event was organized by the Graduate Student KMb-KTT Learning Circle in collaboration with the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute. For more information or to join the Learning Circle, please contact Danyelle Liddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.