Delivering knowledge mobilization strategies at scale



  • Candace Imison, Associate Director of Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED)
  • Dr Lindsay Bearne,  Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED) and Senior Lecturer at King’s College London


  • Dr Helen Baxter NIHR Senior Research fellow (Knowledge Mobilisation) CED and NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow, University of Bristol.
  • Prof Kay Stevenson, Consultant Physiotherapist, Senior Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Impact Accelerator Unit, Keele University
  • Dr Peter van der Graaf, Associate Professor (Enterprise), NIHR ARC NENC Knowledge Mobilisation & Implementation Science theme co-lead  
  • Dr Sarah Knowles,  Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York

Knowledge mobilisation strategies can increase the impact of research on practice and the involvement of practice in research. Improved relationship between research and practice, can lead to better health and social care services and patient benefit. However, knowledge mobilisation initiatives are often tightly focused and effective only on a small scale. The challenge to the research community and the health and social care system more widely is how to deliver the benefits of knowledge mobilisation at scale. 

The Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED) provides the leadership and coordination of National Institute for Health Research’s activities to support the dissemination and mobilisation of evidence between research and practice. To achieve this on a national scale, the CED is focused on identifying dissemination and mobilisation approaches that have the potential for wide range adoption. This workshop will explore the challenges of scaling up knowledge mobilisation and offer some potential solutions for discussion. 

This workshop is delivered by knowledge mobilisation experts. It will begin with a presentation that highlights some of the issues encountered when delivering knowledge mobilisation approaches  and interventions at scale and consider potential solutions. Then, three presentations will showcase some innovative and successful knowledge mobilisation approaches and interventions, discuss the evidence for these approaches and ask where the opportunities for scalability lie. Each presentation will consider different research practitioner partnerships and strategies. This includes multi-professional evidence to practice groups, action learning sets in local authorities and the mechanisms to translate research into patient accessible formats.

A question and answer panel discussion will discuss and debate the merits and challenges of these approaches, in addition to the wider issue of the scalability of knowledge mobilisation.