Knowledge Mobilization Spec. [K795]

Knowledge Mobilization Spec. [K795]

15 May

15 May



Job Summary:
Knowledge Mobilization Specialists will be responsible to facilitate the mobilization of knowledge amongst researchers, knowledge users, patients and caregivers, and other stakeholders, as appropriate, as well as develop capacity for mobilizing knowledge and implementing evidence about children’s pain management in Canadian health institutions. Knowledge Mobilization Specialists will engage stakeholders within their designated regions (Eastern, Central, Western), be assigned as leads on particular knowledge mobilization activities, and collaborate with one another. This position reports to their respective regional hub lead(s) and the Network Directors.

Network activities are guided by the SKIP Logic Model and regularly evaluated using the SKIP Performance and Evaluation Framework.

Project Summary:
Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) is a newly formed knowledge mobilization network (incorporated as a not¿for¿profit organization), based at Dalhousie University and co¿led by Children’s Healthcare Canada, that seeks to bridge the gap between current treatment practices and available evidence¿based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions. SKIP’s vision is healthier Canadians through better pain management for children, with a mission to improve children’s pain management by mobilizing evidence¿based solutions through coordination and collaboration. SKIP brings together Canada’s world¿renowned pediatric pain research community, front¿line knowledge user organizations, and end beneficiaries (patients and caregivers). Guided by a diverse and experienced Board, SKIP capitalizes on the engagement of 48 Children’s Healthcare Canada member organizations, over 75 partners, 4 regional hubs, and patients and caregivers (using a “Patients Included” approach) to collaborate and co¿produce interconnected knowledge mobilization activities.

Here’s what you get to do:
Synthesizing research evidence
Identify emerging research, appraise quality of evidence, and synthesize the current available research evidence on pediatric pain management
Synthesize local community and patient data with general and specific research knowledge to identify opportunities to assist users in translating the evidence into locally relevant recommendations for policy and practice
Consult on evidence adaptation within the local context
Follow a framework of planned action to guide knowledge use in practice settings

Developing relationships and strategic networking
Facilitate knowledge exchange and ongoing dialogue between knowledge producers (researchers) and knowledge users (health professionals, administrators and policy makers, patients and caregivers) within in their assigned regions.
Continuously establish, build and sustain productive working relationships with stakeholders and partners, identify common goals to contribute to collective efforts, and understand their existing knowledge base and assess readiness or capacity for change
Engage and support regional Children’s Healthcare Canada members within the network to access, adapt, and implement evidence
Identify knowledge users to champion efforts in their institutions and support SKIP efforts
Work collaboratively with the SKIP Administrative team and other Knowledge Mobilization Specialists

Building capacity to facilitate organizational change
Support knowledge mobilization activities and partnerships within and across clinical, research, and policy domains to improve the generation and use of research knowledge
Empower stakeholders through capacity development through the provisions of resources, training, and mentoring within Canadian health institutions
Lead collaborative efforts to facilitate organizational change by removing barriers to evidence-based decision-making and promoting a culture that values the use of the best available science in policy and practice

Catalyzing change and implementing evidence to practice
Facilitate execution for SKIP’s knowledge mobilization activities
Initiate, develop, and implement activity plans and strategies as they relate to SKIP’s identified priorities
Prepare knowledge mobilization tools and tailor resources to address stakeholder needs or local context
Support evidence implement within their region as well as network between regional hubs and collaborate with the other SKIP Knowledge Mobilization Specialists
Facilitate institutional commitment to pain management through ChildKind certification
Monitor the process of implementation, evaluate knowledge mobilization progress, and support sustainability of knowledge mobilization efforts

Here’s what you need:
A minimum of Masters Level education in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, health administration, communication, or equivalent)
Experience working on collaborative projects with researchers, health professionals, partners and/or other stakeholder groups/organizations, including patients and families
Expertise in gathering evidence, critically appraising the validity of research findings and quality of evidence, synthesizing information, and interpreting the information in terms of the bigger picture
Demonstrated project management experience
Strong practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation)
Experience in developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans, activities, and products
A demonstrated passion for the promotion of child health and genuine interest in up-to-date research evidence
Ability to work as part of a collaborative team as well as take initiative independently
Ability to interpret and identify key results from health research, and to summarize research findings in plain language
Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships and collaborations between diverse groups from a variety of sectors
Skilled mediator and team builder
Superior interpersonal, communication, and motivational skills
Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

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