Research and Knowledge Mobilization
Valuing evidence, advancing knowledge, moving toward solutions
The mission of ONF is to reduce the incidence of injuries due to neurotrauma and to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for those living with a spinal cord or acquired brain injury.
While the development of new knowledge through research is an essential activity it is insufficient on its own because new knowledge does not necessarily translate into improved outcomes or practice change.
The translation of research results into clinical practice can be slow. As a result, patients may not receive the best possible care. This reduces quality of life, impedes the ability of people with neurotrauma to achieve the best health outcomes and cuts down the opportunity for these individuals to meaningfully contribute to the life and work of their community. And that means greater costs for the health care system. ONF is leading the charge to develop and support implementation of evidence-informed health practises as quickly and effectively as possible to improve the lives of those with SCI or ABI.
Creating a new framework with a focus on research, practice and policy
To improve this situation, ONF has created an integrated Research and Knowledge Mobilization Framework to guide its activities. Knowledge mobilization is not an activity or discussion that starts at the end of a research project, but an integrated and deliberate process from the very beginning of any research. To improve this situation, ONF has created an integrated Research and Knowledge Mobilization Framework to guide its funding activities. As well, ONF takes research and knowledge mobilization even further, by focusing on implementation.
Integration of new practice is initiated as the new knowledge is either sought or created. It is then put into action through a process that includes engagement of stakeholders, partners and policy-makers, addresses potential barriers to the adoption of new practices and guidelines, and focuses on implementation science, monitoring adoption of new practices and outcomes.