Knowledge Mobilization Bursaries Help Not-for-Profit Workers Engage in Knowledge Mobilization Certificate

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Written by Calla McLachlan

For three years, the University of Guelph’s Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization has helped professionals in a variety of sectors gain skills in knowledge mobilization and evidence-based decision making. Recognizing that the cost of the certificate can be prohibitive for not-for-profit organizations, CESI used funding from the Future Skills Centre in fall 2019 to offer three free registrations to not-for-profit workers for course 2 of the certificate. Individuals working at any not-for-profit in Canada were invited to apply, and participants were selected based on their motivation for taking the course and potential to use their new knowledge and skills in their organizations.

In winter 2020, three bursary recipients successfully completed the eight-week online course, “Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence”. The selected individuals represented the not-for-profit organizations Let’s Talk Science, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT), and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Participants reflected that the course improved their understanding of knowledge mobilization frameworks and strategies and helped them engage with stakeholders more effectively. It also led them to share what they learned about knowledge mobilization with their colleagues, develop knowledge mobilization plans, and employ new techniques for stakeholder analysis and engagement.

Registration is now open for course 3 of the Certificate, “Act: Transforming Knowledge Into Action.” Registration will close on Sunday, May 10th at 11:59 p.m. In this eight-week online course, participants learn how to use knowledge mobilization tools and techniques to transform evidence into decisions and practices at the individual, community, organization, and systems levels. Find out more about the Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization.






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