What are we?

This is the analysis of a discussion that took place on the Knowledge Brokers’ Forum. Now that governments are so concerned about getting evidence-based research into practice, perhaps we should consider our function in this endeavour if not our job titles.

A.  Information intermediaries or infomediaries: concerned with enabling access to information from multiple sources and engaged in informing, aggregating, compiling and signalling information

B.  Knowledge intermediaries or knowledge translators: concerned with helping people make sense of and apply information and engaged in disseminating, translating and communicating knowledge and ideas

C.  Knowledge brokers: concerned with improving knowledge use in decision making and engaged in bridging, matching, connecting, convening, linking, boundary spanning, networking and facilitating people*

D.  Innovation brokers: concerned with changing contexts to enable innovation and engaged in negotiating, building, collaborating and managing relationships and processes

The full report is now available and contains a nice diagram showing the overlap between the categories above.

A. defining the problem, searching, appraising the evidence

B. appraising the evidence, synthesising the information,

C.  synthesising the information, concerned with knowledge use

D.  enabling innovation, evaluating its us

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information



About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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