Sharing Knowledge in Immigration and Settlement: Research, Policy, and Service Community Perspectives
As part of the 16th National Metropolis Conference, this workshop discussed knowledge sharing or exchange in immigration and settlement from the perspectives of research, policy, and service communities.The discussion revolved around three key themes: balance of expertise and power between stakeholders, measuring the impact of shared knowledge and learning from other sectors.
In recent years, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have been paying increasing attention to knowledge sharing or exchange in immigration and settlement for better outcomes for newcomers to Canada. As primary sites of knowledge creation, universities are increasingly engaged in the conduct of policy-relevant research. Similarly, governments are increasingly feeling the need for evidence base in making and justifying public policy. For this purpose, they fund research, also contributing to knowledge creation in direct ways such as through collaboration with academic researchers. As service providers, non-governmental organizations are like governments but without financial resources to support or conduct research: On the one hand, they need accurate information on the populations they serve and the problems their individual clients have. On the other hand, NGOs are sites of grounded knowledge creation.
How do these dynamics play out in the immigration and settlement sector? What kind of knowledge is (co-)created in the sector and on whose terms? Are there any gaps in sharing the existing sectoral knowledge – wherever and however it is created? What is the policy and service impact of research that has been mobilized and shared? Can the immigration and settlement sector learn from and collaborate with other sectors and, if so, how? These were some of the questions that were addressed during this workshop.
Organizer: Adnan Türegün, CERIS
Dr. Xiaoyi Yan, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Managing Research And Policy Connection (Presentation – Yan)
John Shields, Ryerson University, Valuing Policy Oriented Research Partnerships (Presentation – Shields)
Debbie Douglas, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Inter-Sectoral Partnerships: A Case For Change (Presentation – Douglas)
Discussant: Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa
Chair: David J. Phipps, York University