Knowledge Brokers – HASS on the Hill 23 March 2010

Knowledge Brokers and Brokering 

 HASS on the Hill, Canberra 23 March

Jonathan Lomas, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

– lexical difficulty of specialist journals 30+; New Scientist 4.0; newspapers 0
– anecdotes work as a way of representing findings
– pessimistic about capacity of universities to be able to translate their research to the broader public  – research grants and academic journal writing score much higher on promotes committees than reports intended for public policy makers or the wider public
– perhaps independent think tanks and stand-alone institutes may begetter at being knowledge intermediaries than universities – no correlation between academic impact of studies and impact in their domain of application
– simply increasing R&D spending does not produce greater economic benefits – lessons from Canada 1999-2002  – simply investing more money without a changed infrastructure will replicate existing patterns of knowledge “push”
– need for ongoing linkages and exchange that promote conversations and non-linear knowledge exchange
-development of hybrid academic-practitioner roles may help in developing knowledge brokers – people who bring together parties that otherwise will not interact: can operate on supply-side (push), demand-side (pull) or neutral territory (intermediaries between universities and end-users)
– they are typically not in a full- time capacity doing this – 50% of a “day job”
– focus for knowledge brokers: (1) setting the research agenda; (2) facilitating applied research; (3) disseminating research; (4) getting research used
-1:3:25 format for reports – bullet points; executive summary; policy detail

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About Terry Flew

I am Professor of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. I am the author of New Media: An Introduction, the fourth edition of which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. I am also the author of Understanding Global Media, published by Palgrave in 2007, and The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy, published by Sage in 2012.