The authors believe that intermediary organsiations, such as regional networks, dedicated institutional mechansims and funding agencies, can play key roles in knowledge brokering. They also recommend the need to support and learn from the KB approach to strengthen the relationship between research and policy communities and foster a stronger culture of evidence-based policy and policy-relevant research.
You can view the journal article at the following link:
A knowledge broker (KB) is a popular knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategy emerging in Canada to promote interaction between researchers and end users, as well as to develop capacity for evidence-informed decision making. A KB provides a link between research producers and end users by developing a mutual understanding of goals and cultures, collaborates with end users to identify issues and problems for which solutions are required, and facilitates the identification, access, assessment, interpretation, and translation of research evidence into local policy and practice. Knowledge-brokering can be carried out by individuals, groups and/or organizations, as well as entire countries. In each case, the KB is linked with a group of end users and focuses on promoting the integration of the best available evidence into policy and practice-related decisions.
You may read more at: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/4/1/23
The workshop brought together people from different sectors and people who work at the science-policy interface and operate as knowledge brokers and/or translators.
You can view resources, tweets etc from the workshop at the following link with more material to follow:
Also a link to a video blog by Louise Shaxson talking about her experience at the workshop here: http://ow.ly/3138S
Sounds like some very interesting discussions took place and some useful resources/initiatives for the KB community are in development?
Looking forward to seeing more blogs and reflections from the event.
Best wishes, Yaso