KT Encounters: Research Users

Research partnerships: Tips & trips

Filmed and produced by MSFHR. Post-production by the Knowledge Mobilization Studio. Speaker titles and affiliations correct at time of filming.

When there is strong engagement between researchers and researcher users on a team, evidence is more likely to inform policy, practice and further research. We know that forging research collaborations between researchers and research users can be both rewarding and challenging. These videos offer a number of considerations for researchers and research users alike on how they can work more effectively with each other.

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  • Bev Holmes  |  VP, Research & Impact, MSFHR (Host)
  • Chris McBride  |  Executive Director, Spinal Cord Injury BC

A solution in search of a problem?

  • Who should drive the research process – researchers? Users? Both?
  • Should all research require the involvement of users or potential users?
  • Whose responsibility is it to do knowledge translation? Why?

 Engaging the community

  • Does it matter if users are speaking for themselves or represent a group?
  • What are strategies for creating "respectful engagement" between partner groups?
  • How can users and researchers find each other?

Key elements to a good partnership

  • How would you help researchers and community partners work together?
  • Can you think of examples of when researchers and users have ‘got it right’ or 'got it wrong'?
  • Can you think of other key elements to a good partnership besides timing, relevance, language and value?

How users can help 'get it right'

  • How have you 'got it right' or 'got it wrong' as a researcher or research user partner?
  • What resources can be brought to a project to support the user and to ensure success?
  • How do you build trust between users and researcher team members?

The knowledge production problem and exploiting differences

  • Is co-production of knowledge the answer to closing the gap between knowledge and practice?
  • How do you exploit their differences when you bring researchers and users together on a project?
  • What is your experience with bringing researchers and users to the same table?

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