SHKN Knowledge Brokers

Publication/Event Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

What are Knowledge Brokers?
Knowledge Brokers link people, organizations and networks. They connect producers and users of knowledge by discovering reliable sources of information and making it accessible to those who need it.

Why do we need Knowledge Brokers?
Knowledge Brokers monitor trends and issues and respond to the changing needs of the Communities of Practice they support. They carry knowledge back and forth between communities and help members locate specific expertise in other communities or elsewhere across the province.

Knowledge Brokers facilitate connections that foster a mutual understanding of aims and cultures, support collaboration on knowledge dissemination and translation initiatives, identify and resolve issues and assess and translate research evidence into policy and practice.

Knowledge Brokers play a key role within the Seniors Health Knowledge Network by:

  • Integrating the ideas and activities of the community members with the other network components to reduce duplication and foster collaboration
  • Linking CoP/CoI leads and other key network members with the best available knowledge transfer, translation, resources and tools
  • Coordinating, planning, and developing various network processes, polices, and reporting structures

Who are the Network’s Knowledge Brokers?
As a team, our Knowledge Brokers have years of experience in knowledge exchange, management, public health, nursing, policy development, adult education and workforce development, marketing and network facilitation. SHKN employs Knowledge Brokers and collaborates with Knowledge Brokers from our partner organizations.