What is Knowledge Brokering?

What is Knowledge Brokering?

  • It is the ‘transfer’ of knowledge and ideas between two or more parties
  • It identifies how knowledge and ideas from one domain can be of value in another domain, in other words how is it learned and re learned
  • It brings people together from different contexts and professions
  • It explores how knowledge ,evidence and ideas can be shared
  • Transfers knowledge between producers and users


What is distinct about Knowledge Brokering?

• It is ‘facilitated’.
• Promotes links between industries, disciplines and individuals
• Develops connections and collaborations
• It’s about building relationships and networks focusing on the form, format and length of the relationship.
• It is ‘interactive, collaborative and cooperative formats
• It includes knowledge transfer activities
• It is context specific
• It is fluid
• It occurs two ways and is co-produced
• It has a ‘clear purpose’ or ‘outcome’ attached to it.
• It needs to move knowledge into action.

How does knowledge brokering achieve this?

• By overcoming structural isolation between domains
• By understanding organisational culture
• By identifying pathways to reach actors and improving interaction between them
• By overcoming cultural gaps where knowledge is produced
• By overcoming structural and cultural barriers associated with knowledge moving from one sector to another
• By creating knowledge networks

Examples of Knowledge brokering pathways

Knowledge brokering links can take many forms it can be between
• Research and policy
• Research and practice
• Research and Industry
• Research and Research
• Industry and Community
• Policy and Industry
• Industry and Practice
• Community and Community
• Community and Practice
• Policy and practice
• Policy and policy
• Research and community
• Practice and practice
• Industry and industry
• Policy and community
It can occur between individuals, communities and organisations as well as within communities and organisations.

Who is a knowledge producer and user?

Anyone who produces knowledge, not just researchers, there is not just academic knowledge, there is also community knowledge, professional knowledge, Indigenous knowledge. Knowledge brokering can occur within an organisation, within sectors and across industries.

What is the purpose of Knowledge Brokering?

Knowledge Brokering can have many purposes, here are some:
• To improve the uptake of research in policy and practice
• To drive innovation
• To effect change.

Who is a knowledge broker?

• Government agencies
• Individual researchers,
• Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)’
• Libraries, educational and technical institutes
• Community-based organisations
• Grass roots organisations
• Charitable foundations
• Research centres
• Media organisations
• Think tanks
• Lobbyists
• Local resource centres

Knowledge brokers can also be individuals within an organisation, project or program managers, community liaison officers in a school, or research and development managers.

Knowledge Brokering is also known as...

• Knowledge translation
• Knowledge sharing
• Knowledge mobilisation
• Knowledge transfer
• Knowledge exchange

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