TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub
The TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub is a communications arm of TCAS that provides our members with a suite of simple and practical multimedia knowledge mobilization options to effectively mobilize their research outputs to both academic and non-academic knowledge users. It seeks to co-create knowledge that may enhance local, provincial, and national policies that affect older people. It provides a suite of services to TCAS members, including knowledge mobilization activities under categories of 1) Communications, 2) Events, 3) Multimedia, and 4) Policy Reports. See below for a detailed description of each branch of the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub, and some examples of past and current outputs.
Currently, the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub is available as a cost-based service for members. Please contact Director Elizabeth Russell (email@example.com) for more information on utilizing the services of the KM Hub and incorporating them into budgets.
Lead: TCAS Director, Dr. Elizabeth Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Administrative Support: TCAS Coordinator, Amber Colibaba (email@example.com)
Student Support: Knowledge Mobilization Hub Graduate Student, Jordan Till (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Knowledge Mobilization Hub Services
One of the many strengths of the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub is the support and platforms it provides to its members to share key research findings with local, national and international audiences. Through TCAS-based channels such as social media and a newsletter, as well as other academic and public media outlets, the Knowledge Mobilization Hub can support Centre members to create engaging and detailed communications outputs to share their research and its impacts with diverse audiences. See below for some specific examples of the ways that TCAS can support the communications of its members.
Public Media Outlets
Supporting members in sharing their research with public media outlets, including specifically-targeted media outlets as well as journalism designed specifically to share academic research with the public, is a critical role of the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub. See the article by TCAS Director, Dr. Elizabeth Russell in the Conversation, and media articles written by the Building Rural Age-Friendly Communities research program to support the sustainability of local age-friendly programs (Muskoka, Durham, Arnprior, Perth County).
Trent Centre for Aging & Society Social Media
The TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub supports its members by providing social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) to share Centre members' updates, key research findings and research outputs. TCAS' active social media platforms reach diverse populations, including students, academics (both locally and internationally), and community leaders and organizations.
A bi-annual annual newsletter highlighting Centre and member updates and research achievements. View all past issues here.
Weekly profiles that show the research interests and achievements of TCAS members. View released profiles here. Profiles featuring local older adults coming Fall/Winter 2022.
With access and skills in design programs such as Canva, the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub can support Centre members in creating communication outputs in a high-quality and professional format. Outputs include branded social media posts, reports (see Policy Reports below), event invitations, etc.
In addition to communication support, the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub can provide support and services to Centre members looking to host knowledge mobilization events, including but not limited to seminars, meetings, public lectures, and online webinars. These events will be geared towards sharing research findings with diverse audiences and collaborating with research partners and interested individuals. See the examples below of some of the recent events hosted through the TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub that brought together both students and older adults in a collaborative and engaging environment.
Intergenerational Coffee Hour
TCAS hosts intergenerational coffee hours that bring older adults and students together to find creative ways to improve intergenerational interactions at Trent University. View the post about the coffee hour we hosted in June 2022 here.
Canada HomeShare Peterborough Information Session
In support of TCAS's partnership (led by Director, Dr. Elizabeth Russell) with Canada HomeShare, we hosted an in-person information session for community leaders, older adults and students to learn more about the Canada HomeShare Peterborough project - a homesharing initiative will support aging in place, while simultaneously providing post-secondary students with safe and affordable housing. Read the news articles about the events here and here.
Videos and other multimedia outputs provide interesting and engaging research snapshots, can effectively generate media attention, and are an important vehicle in sharing research. The TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub can support Centre members with the creation of various research-based multimedia outputs to help share their research project and key findings. See the examples below of completed and upcoming multimedia outputs focused on sharing research and major projects.
Abbeyfield Lakefield Video
TCAS partnered with Abbeyfield Lakefield to create a video to promote their ongoing project of establishing a seniors' co-housing project in the village of Lakefield. Watch the video here.
TCAS Video Series: Aging During COVID-19
Led by TCAS Director Dr. Elizabeth Russell, this three-part video series highlights member research on aging and the pandemic. Watch all the videos here, or watch the video on research by the Rural Aging Research Program here.
Creating Across Generations
The TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub collaborated with TCAS member Shelley King (of Artful Connections) to create a video about her intergenerational puppet project.
Trent Health in Motion Knowledge Mobilization Package
TCAS partnered with Trent Health in Motion to provide support on knowledge mobilization for their Healthy Living Program for Seniors, including conducting a mixed-method evaluation of health outcomes for older participants, and a video highlighting the program. Watch the video, Trent Health in Motion: Seniors in Motion, here. In this video, we profile Trent Health in Motion's Seniors in Motion program that was rolled out in 2022. Seniors in Motion was led by Trent Health in Motion Co-Owners Reanna Montopoli and Michael Williams, and by Caitlin Curylo, Personal Trainer at Trent Health in Motion.
The creation of a routine audio podcast will facilitate the exploration and dissemination of aging-related topics to the public in an easily accessible format. Through shared interviews, stories, research, and teachings, this medium will provide a unique platform for TCAS and its richly diverse community to share their expertise and experience with a wider audience. Additionally, it will help to provide public transparency and familiarity to those involved here at TCAS; giving a voice and personality to the work generated by this organization.
Policy reports are a formal and effective way of sharing research with academic and policy-based audiences. The TCAS Knowledge Mobilization Hub can support Centre members in the creation of such reports, by providing assistance in synthesizing the body of the report, and the use of our branded template to create a high-quality, professional output to share with diverse audiences. See some examples below of policy reports created by Centre members to share key research findings.
Rural Older Volunteers and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Report by Trent's Rural Aging Research Program (Dr. Mark Skinner, Dr. Elizabeth Russell, and Amber Colibaba) to showcase their research findings to community leaders and volunteer-based programs. Read the report here.
Abbeyfield Lakefield Needs Assessment
This report, conducted by TCAS Director Dr. Elizabeth Russell and her students was a comprehensive needs assessment conducted for the nonprofit organization Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield to support the need for a low-cost, alternative home sharing living situation for local seniors. This needs assessment report directly informed and supported Abbeyfield Lakefield's next steps in terms of funding and site acquisition. Read the report here.
Building Back Differently
TCAS members, through the Rural Aging Research Program and Age-Friendly Peterborough, in collaboration with Building back Differently (a collaborative project between Trent University researchers and community experts), published a series of reports on building back for older adults following the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the reports here.
Rural Ontario Foresight Papers - Services for an Aging Rural Population
Co-authored by TCAS Director, Dr. Elizabeth Russell for the Rural Ontario Institute, the Services for an Aging Rural Population Foresight paper discusses the rural services that are relevant to an aging population by using examples from rural Ontario to demonstrate innovation in response to adversity by successfully addressing service delivery challenges at the community level. Read the report here.