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Knowledge Mobilization Workshops – 2018

June 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Key Contact:Peter Norman Levesque
Contact Phone:613-552-2725

Based on the success of last year’s pre-forum training event, we have created an opportunity to advance your professional skills with six (6) deep-dive workshops.  These require a small additional fee to offset costs.

There are two options available to you:

  1. Register for the Forum and add the optional workshops you want: Link here
  2. Register for each Workshop individually: Links below

Morning program 9:00 am to noon

Workshop 1: Knowledge Mobilization Supports Research from Application to Impact, David Phipps, Michael Johnny, Anneliese Poetz

Do you want your research to have an impact on society outside of the academy and if this is your job, do have all the tools you need? How do you craft knowledge mobilization strategies in grant applications? Knowledge mobilization can help broaden the reach of your research by connecting to research partners and organizations that can help maximize the impacts of your research. Knowledge mobilization can help collect the evidence of impact. This workshop will feature theory, tools (that you get to keep and use later!) and hands-on work to help you develop a knowledge mobilization strategy that will maximize the impact of your research and help collect the evidence of impact. This will give you tools and techniques to have an impact on impact.

Workshop 2: Is KMb in Need of a Nudge: How Behavioural Economics can Inform Behaviour Change, Travis Sztainert

This presentation will examine the concept of nudging and its basis in behavioural economics. Nudging will be presented as a method of affecting choice architecture in order to affect behavioural change. Attendees will be provided with a theoretical framework for creating and maintaining behaviour change, and the concept of nudging will be introduced within this framework. The different types of nudges and examples of successful nudges will be examined. Specific examples and discussion on how nudges have been used thus far will then be explored. Attendees will then be invited to play an interactive, group-based game designed to help create novel nudges within their particular sector.

Workshop 3: Creating a Critical Mass of Practitioners Using Intersectionality as a Knowledge Mobilization Tool, Dr. Susan Hardie, Dr.Alexis Buettgen, Evan Wicklund

The concept of intersectionality is increasingly being taken up in various fields of research, policy and community practice. As an emerging paradigm, intersectionality promotes an understanding of human beings as shaped by the interactions of different social locations or categories such as race/ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender, class, sexuality, geography, age, ability, etc. (e.g., Shimmin, et al., 2017). These interactions can produce simultaneous experiences of discrimination or privilege and has been explicitly acknowledged by the United Nations in response to Canada’s commitment to human rights. The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS), under the guidance of Dr. Susan Hardie, has adopted practices of intersectionality and reflexivity to mobilize research, education, and development of disability and other social justice issues. CCDS is guided by values of inclusion, equity and participation and is influenced by national and international human rights and social justice frameworks. As a knowledge hub, CCDS works in partnership and collaboration with various disability and other stakeholders. From a human rights-based approach, the proposed workshop will be led by CCDS staff to unpack the complexities of intersectionality through open dialogue with participants and case vignettes. The proposed workshop will explore the utility of knowledge mobilization to address health and social inequities and power relations in relation to individuals from various social locations. Through reflexive practice, participants of this pre-conference will develop their knowledge about intersectionality in relation to the work they do, and to the advancement of human rights.

Afternoon program 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Workshop 4: Measuring Mobilization: Skill Development in KMb Evaluation, Anne Bergen

Mobilizing evidence for social change and sustainable development requires evaluative tools and thinking.
In this deep dive skill workshop, students will gain experience designing evaluation methods across the KMb project cycle. Students will learn to navigate and use logic models as tools to guide decisions around KMb measurement. Students will also gain experience negotiating and articulating measurement strategies and required resources.

This workshop links to the subthemes of structures and processes to support human rights and sustainable development goals.
In small breakout groups, layered with larger group dialogue, students will:
– Discuss how evaluation can be used across the KMb project lifecycle (from needs assessment and planning to process management to impact).
– Explain uses of logic models/ theories of change in KMb evaluation
– Work with an existing logic model for a KMb program
– Identify methods and indicators for different kinds of KMb evaluation (development, process quality/implementation, outcomes, impacts)
– Describe strategies for identifying unintended as well as intended outcomes
– Gain skills in resource estimation for KMb evaluation projects

Workshop 5: Co-created Research for International Development: Making a Lasting Difference by Deepening Engagement, Building Capacities, and Managing Pitfalls, Peter Stoyko

International social-development projects are fraught with tensions. Lessons learned in one place do not usually apply elsewhere in tidy ways. Skills and technical expertise have to be balanced with the local knowledge and situational awareness of community members and other stakeholders. The framing of ideas and issues is often contested and subject to negotiation. Meddling by funders and local authorities can inadvertently undermine projects trying to empower the under-served. These tensions (and many others) suggest that evidence-based research and development works best when it humbly co-created with those most directly affected. Yet co-creation is inherently messy. Indeed, co-creation itself has to be redesigned to fit the circumstances, culture, and the nature of the challenge. This workshop will look at flexible co-creation approaches that have been implemented in the field, notably participatory action-research, pop-up studios, and rhythm-riding labs. These approaches rely on dialogue methods, nimble project management, and the building of local capacities, all of which will be discussed in a cross-cultural context. An inventory of development-specific project traps will be explored. Real-world cases will be discussed with candid lessons drawn from failures and disappointments, not just successes. Several research and co-design tools will be introduced, notably those related to human-centred design, data journalism, visual thinking, systems thinking, and foresight. Interactive exercises will demonstrate the potential of some of these tools.

Workshop 6: Learning From “Strangers at Home”- Tensions and Tactics of Human Rights Journalism, Shayna Plaut

Recognizing that the Sustainable Development Goals are grounded in Human Rights principles and practices requiring knowledge translation and mobilization, this workshop focuses on the importance of media in promoting and protecting human rights. Media is recognized in terms of content, format and dissemination. Specifically, how can we turn a “cause” into a story that can be heard by others in a way that can evoke sustainable change? In order to break down the process of journalism as a form of knowledge mobilization I walk through the “backstories” of the Global Reporting Centre’s award-winning anthology documentary “Strangers at Home.” Specifically, I use this example to highlight what it means to solicit (certain) stories (but not others) and work with storytellers – including those whom you may not agree. I explore the ethical considerations of translating and transmitting complex socio-political ideas through stories. Rather than shying away from the messiness – I directly address how to identify and target specific audiences as well as the realities of working across different languages, cultures and resources. The second half of the session is an engaged skill sharing workshop where participants bring their passion and complex ideas that want to convey and, in small groups, will begin brainstorming how to translate those ideas into a storytelling project. At the end of this session participants should be able to walk away with the beginning of a “story” and “storytelling plan” for their specific issue/idea that they want to convey.