Research to Action

Research to action is a knowledge mobilization concept that allows anyone from policy makers, to service providers, to system leaders, to citizens to contextualize the information and use it for their own application. To support the uptake of primary prevention activiites, Shift is using a diversity of activities to move research to practice and to have practice inform our research agenda. Current projects include two community of practice projects*; briefings and ongoing consultations with administrators and policy makers in government; presentations and workshops with academics, business leaders, and community-based organizations and networks. If you are interested in taking part in this work, please contact Lana Wells at

*A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals (Wenger, McDermott and Snyder, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge). Funded by SSHRC and the Canadian Women's Foundation - Shift is currently engaged in two community of practice projects – one in Grande Prairie and one in Medicine Hat/Brooks/Southeast. The goal of these projects is to share research findings and best practices and to facilitate and support local and community-based primary prevention activities. Both projects are being evaluated and a report will be available following the completion in 2014.