The monthly workshop series Skills for Research Impact is a collaboration between CESI, the Research Innovation Office, and the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance. It is aimed at faculty, research staff and graduate students who are interested in enhancing the impact of their research. Through nine hands-on sessions facilitated by impact experts, participants will learn how to successfully plan, execute and evaluate knowledge mobilization (KMb), or knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) activities. Sessions will cover topics key to effective research communications and engagement of non-academic audiences, including policy, industry and community stakeholders.
Planning for Research Impact
Become familiar with knowledge mobilization plans and conceptualize strategies adapted to your goals and audiences.
Reflect on how to engage your stakeholders throughout your research process to increase your impact, and review engagement best practices for policy, industry and community actors.
Clear Language Writing
Hone your clear communications skills! Get tips on how to structure and write clear language summaries of your research for dissemination to lay audiences.
Design Principles: Designing for your Audience
Go beyond the academic poster: learn all about best practices for designing visual materials that are appealing and bring your messages across.
Website Design & Digital Accessibility
Build your own website: explore available platforms and consider website structure, content and budget. Learn about digital accessibility and how to promote your website.
Social Media Engagement
Learn all about the web 2.0! Discover how to choose social media platforms that are appropriate for your goals and audiences, and get tips on creating engaging posts.
Event Planning and Facilitation
Getting your stakeholders into the room is important, but you also need to know what to do with them! Build a checklist of event planning essentials and discuss best practices in group facilitation.
From data to the story, learn to turn numbers into compelling visuals and impactful design. Explore the figures and formats most appropriate to share your data and get step-by-step direction on visualizing your messages.
Evaluating KTT Activities
When all is said and done, how do you know it worked? Go beyond the anecdote and learn to use evaluation techniques to assess the impact of your knowledge mobilization efforts. From data to the story, learn to turn numbers into compelling visuals and impactful design. Explore the figures and formats most appropriate to share your data and get step-by-step direction on visualizing your messages.
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