RIPPLE is a program of research, training, and activities aimed at learning more about improving linkages between research, policy, and practice to accelerate impact in public services.

Mobilizing research to improve education

Research Producers

A cross-case analysis of 44 Research Brokering Organizations in Ontario


This study explored 44 research brokering organizations across Canada.

Research Design

This study used website analysis, and a tool to measure KMb efforts to map the research brokering landscape in education in Ontario.


This study contributes: a typology of brokering organizations, 8 brokering functions, and a paper comparing KMb efforts across four types of organizations.


The brokering functions can be used by organizations and researchers to plan their research brokering efforts.


Journal Articles

Cooper, A. (2016). A tool to assess and compare knowledge mobilization efforts of faculties of education, intermediary organizations, ministries of education and school districts. Brock Education Letter, 25(1), 1-18. *While traditionally this journal is not peer-reviewed; this special issue was peer reviewed.

Cooper, A. (2014). The Use of Online Strategies and Social Media for Research Dissemination in Education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22(70), 1-27.

Cooper, A. (2014). Knowledge mobilisation in education across Canada: A cross-case analysis of 44 research brokering organizations. Evidence and Policy, 10 (1), 29-59.

Cooper, A. (2013). Research mediation in education: A typology of research brokering organizations that exist across Canada. Alberta Journal of Education, 59(2), 181- 207.

Executive Summary