Assessing Organizational Efforts to Mobilize Research Knowledge in Education


  • Ben Levin OISE University of Toronto
  • Jie Qi OISE University of Toronto



mobilization, websites, research dissemination


This paper presents a framework for evaluating efforts by organizations to share research as exemplified on their websites, then reports the result of an evaluation of these efforts in 100 organizations. The result shows that the overall research sharing efforts of these organizations are modest and not well aligned to evidence on effective practice in this area. Organizations tend to devote more efforts to making products available while interpersonal strategies, though more effective, are less used. Most efforts involve one way communication to potential users. The paper concludes with suggestions for practice and for further research.


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Author Biographies

Ben Levin, OISE University of Toronto

Ben Levin is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  He has worked with private research organizations, school districts, provincial governments, and national and international agencies, as well as building an academic career.  He served as Deputy Minister (chief civil servant) for Education for the Province of Ontario from 2004 to 2007 and 2008-2009 and held a similar position in Manitoba from 1999 through 2002.  He has authored or co-authored seven books (his new book on high school improvement was just published by Corwin) and more than 300 other articles on education, conducted many research studies, and has spoken and consulted on education issues around the world. His current interests are in large-scale change, poverty and inequity, and finding better ways to connect research to policy and practice in education.

Jie Qi, OISE University of Toronto

Jie Qi is a 2011 graduate of the doctoral program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where she studied knowledge mobilization and applied it to the professional development of teachers in China.  She is now living and working in Beijing.




How to Cite

Levin, B., & Qi, J. (2013). Assessing Organizational Efforts to Mobilize Research Knowledge in Education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, 2.