Follow the key principles of engagement:
- The engagement should be purposeful for you and the knowledge users (Purposeful);
- You should identify relevant knowledge users and make it easy for them to engage with you (Inclusive);
- Knowledge users should be involved from the start and they must agree on when and how to engage (Timely);
- The expectations from the engagement should be clear, open and honest (Transparent); and
- The expertise, perspective and needs of the knowledge users should be acknowledged and respected (Respectful).
Follow these key steps for knowledge user engagement:
- Think strategically about identifying the most relevant knowledge users;
- Learn about the knowledge users and set objectives according to their expected level of engagement;
- Build knowledge users’ capacity to engage;
- Identify the most effective engagement approach according to the level of engagement and design the process;
- Evaluate and report on outcomes from the engagement; and
- Review and learn from the process.
Choose engagement activities according to the levels of engagement expected from the knowledge users:
- Inform: one-way communication;
- Consult: gain information and feedback from knowledge users;
- Involve: knowledge users are involved throughout the process and learning takes place on both sides;
- Collaborate: partner with knowledge users in the development of common agreed upon solutions and joint plan of action. Knowledge users work together to take action;
- Empower: knowledge users are responsible for decision-making and are equipped to contribute to the achievement of outcomes.
Learn more about how to engage with knowledge users
- 10 ways scientists can better engage with decision makers - Blog with tips on ways to engage with decision makers.
- Policy Engagement and Communication Toolkit - Results for Development developed a toolkit that contains resources and materials to help plan, package and disseminate research.
- Self-evaluation tool for action in partnership - Health Nexus
- Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice: a practical Toolkit - Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
This toolkit offers information, strategies and resources related to implementation of evidence-informed practice. Topics found in this toolkit refers to building leadership support for practice change, engaging stakeholders and managing change.
- Key elements for implementing community mobilization efforts - Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
This web page offers information about the process of mobilizing a community toward practice change. You will find a list of key elements to consider when implementing community mobilization efforts.
- National Co-Ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Information and resources to helps universities engage with the public
- Stakeholder Engagement Guide of Guides - Kids Brain Health Network
This document is a guide containing information on stakeholder engagement, how to do stakeholder engagement, how to evaluate the outcome of stakeholder engagement and a practical worksheet to help researchers plan for stakeholder engagement.
- Guidance on co-producing a research project - National Institute for Health Research
This document explains the key principles and features of co-producing a research project and suggests ways to realise the principles and key features.
- Tips for Experiential Learning Opportunities Through Remote Partnerships - A guide that provides an introduction to virtual community-engaged experiential learning, tips for virtual exchange and engaging partners online, and key values to consider when bridging global and local community engagement practices.
- Skype a scientist - A tool to connect with teachers, students, adults, artist or journalists about your research.