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Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy and Practice: The importance of intermediaries (knowledge brokers) in producing research impact

Conference   07.12.2011






Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Event details

Organised by: ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, College of Humanities & Social Science, University of Edinburgh

Further details


After the event

The Bridging the Gap conference focussed on knowledge brokerage in the social sciences. It was designed to encourage dialogue between knowledge exchange practitioners and organisations, and researchers who study knowledge exchange. "Knowledge brokers" are intermediaries whose role is to promote the use of academic research by non-academics, including policymakers, professionals, charitable organisations, business, industry and the general public. Knowledge brokers can be individuals or whole knowledge exchange units. There is a lack of clear guidance and evidence for this emerging profession, and this event aimed to redress that deficit by sharing expert knowledge and best practice in relation to knowledge brokerage.The conference was attended by a capacity audience of 200 delegates from higher education, the public, private and third sectors. 97% of delegates rated the conference overall as 'Good' or 'Excellent', and 85% said the event would have an impact on their work in future. The conference twitter hashtag #kbconf registered over 500 tweets as comments and ideas were exchanged. Download the Bridging the gap conference programme Download the Call for Papers (closed on 30 June 2011, but you can access the details here for reference)Posters and presentations now available below >>

A special journal issue is in preparation for Evidence & Policy, to appear in 2013. Full details will be posted once available.

Audio, blogs, tweets & photos

Bridging the Gap - Opening Plenary (link to audio file on YouTube)

Bridging the Gap - Closing Plenary (link to audio file on YouTube)

Blog: Catherine Fisher - Buzzing about brokers: knowledge brokers reach across silos

Tweets: #kbconf on The Archivist

Conference photos on Flickr


Using research to increase the value and impact of the third sector: the Northern Rock Foundation’s research - project approach - Sarah-Jane Lilley (PDF 228 kB)

From complexity to bullet points? Suggestions to make qualitative research accessible to problem solvers - Ellen van Reuler (PDF 135 kB)

Regional Learning Partnership South West Wales - Bridging Education, Skills & Regeneration - Elid Morris (PDF 1,947 kB)

Social Scientists: Knowledge Brokers for the Natural Sciences? - Margarida Sardo (PDF 662 kB)

Using the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme to evaluate the Barclays Money Skills financial capability programme - Edward Houghton, Leroy White and Richard Doust (PDF 331 kB)

The Participation Network as Knowledge Broker - Richard McCrea (PDF 329 kB)


Welcome: Fiona Armstrong - The Impact Journey (PDF 380 kB)

Plenary: Annette Boaz - Knowledge Brokering: What’s in a label? (PDF 463 kB)

Additional material, Annette Boaz - Evidence and Policy e-flier (PDF 318 kB)

Plenary: George Julian - Knowledge brokers: a perspective from social care (PDF 1,421 kB)

Additional links from George Julian - Research in Practice for Adults website and Twitter account

Plenary: Janet Lewis - Knowledge brokering: What’s in a label? (PDF 25 kB)

Parallel SESSION 1

Session 1A: Jan Lublinski - The knowledge wheel concept: Ad‐hoc coalitions between journalists, scientists and communication experts towards policy change in Africa and the Middle East (PDF 2,888 kB)

Session 1A: Karen Desborough and Michelle Kilfoyle - Science for Environment Policy and the SCOOP project: Connecting researchers and policymakers across the EU (PDF 1,741 kB)

Additional links from sfEP and SCOOP - http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm / www.scoopproject.org.uk / http://scu.uwe.ac.uk/

Session 1B: Nicola Searle, Angela Fernandez-Orviz and Mariza Dima - Knowledge Relationships (Prezi link)

Session 1B: John Gabbay and Andrée le May - The challenge of transformation: lessons for knowledge brokers from an ethnography of professional practice (PDF 1,703 kB)

Session 1C: Benjamin Reid - Innovation and the knowledge economy: think tanks as knowledge intermediaries (PDF 447 kB)

Session 1C: Katherine Smith - Think Tanks as Research Mediators (PDF 657 kB)

Session 1D: Maureen Dobbins - Facilitating Evidence-Informed Decision-Making with Knowledge Brokers (PDF 2,152 kB)

Session 1F: Sarah Morton and David Phipps - What makes a good knowledge broker? Reflections on qualities and skills (PDF 796 kB)

Session 1G: Sarah Chew - ‘I am a knowledge broker’: Exploring the enactment of formalised intermediary roles in an academic/practice collaboration (PDF 160 kB)

Session 1G: Claire Lightowler and Christine Knight - Knowledge Brokers: Who are they and what do they do? (PDF 303 kB)

Parallel SESSION 2

Session 2A: Catherine Lyall and Laura Meagher - The invisible made visible: using impact evaluations to illuminate and inform the role of knowledge intermediaries (PDF 238 kB)

Session 2A: Michael M. Burgess et al - Knowledge Brokers’ influence on translating the results of public engagement into policy and practice (PDF 636 kB)

Session 2B: Tim May and Beth Perry - Active Intermediaries for Knowledge Exchange (PDF 479 kB)

Session 2B: Tom Barker - Delivering better health services: Brokering knowledge exchange between research & practice (PDF 220 kB)

Session 2C Event Report: Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane - The role of contexts in knowledge brokering systems (PDF 36 kB)

Session 2D: Razia Shariff, Alex Murdock and Karl Wilding - The Three Bridges to the Third Sector (PDF 248 kB)

Session 2E: William Solesbury - Finding your market (PDF 141 kB)

Session 2F: Siobhán Jordan - ESRC Knowledge Exchange Regional Higher Education Networks (PDF 646 kB)

Session 2G: Chris Caswill - Knowledge Brokers, Entrepreneurs and Markets (PDF 114 kB)

Parallel SESSION 3

Session 3B: Susannah Bowyer - Change Projects: a method for knowledge exchange and co‐production (PDF 1,493 kB)

Session 3B: Wendy Fitzsimmons and Chris O’Brien - Creating Impact from Research: The Role of Communication Agencies (PDF 876 kB)

Session 3C: David Phipps, Krista Jensen and Gary Myers - Knowledge Mobilization in an on line world (PDF 589 kB)

Session 3C: Amanda Cooper - Social media and all that jazz‐ Online Strategies used by Canadian Knowledge Brokers in Education (PDF 1,400 kB)

Session 3D: Kirsty Newman - The policy maker as knowledge broker (PDF 510 kB)

Session 3D: Catherine Fisher - Information intermediaries and knowledge brokers in development: insights and reflections (PDF 708 kB)

Session 3D: Ajoy Datta - Advancing knowledge, shaping policy, inspiring practice (PDF 304 kB)

Session 3D: Matthew Harvey - Evidence brokering in DFID (PDF 67 kB)

Session 3E: Vicky Ward - Understanding knowledge exchange: a practical tool (PDF 239 kB)

Additional material - Knowledge exchange framework for researchers (PDF 153 kB)

Session 3F: Razia Shariff - Learning and Development A New CPD Framework (PDF 382 kB)

Session 3H: Oscar Forero and Paul Oldham. Knowledge brokering: Critical perspectives from work on biodiversity and indigenous peoples in South America. Oscar and Paul are able to comment and reply to the abstract and to queries from interested publics (O.Forero@lancaster.ac.uk)

Session 3H: Nicholas O’Regan, Tim Hughes and Glenn Parry - Do we need brokers? (PDF 112 kB)

Session 3H: Stuart Hogarth - Do we need knowledge brokers? (PDF 551 kB)