Goals, Expectations & Reports
Listed below are the five main goals of the PCLC.
- Support the development and refinement of evidence-based social policies.
- Make the results of our work better known by promoting broad public discussion of our research through symposia, workshops, and briefings to the media (Knowledge exchange)
- Promote broader knowledge of Canada and strengthen the basis for future comparative research by building partnerships with international researchers.
- Support the work of Canada’s network of Research Data Centres and work with them to increase data availability and research training.
- Build for the future by integrating young scholars and students into our cluster and supporting them in their efforts to learn new skills.
SSHRC Expectations for the Cluster
Based on the “Framing our Direction” statement, SSHRC’s overall goals are stated in terms of the following:
- investing through fellowships and research training in Canada’s best and brightest minds to develop the talent needed across society;
- fostering research excellence that advances knowledge and builds understanding about where we have been, where we are and where we might go as individuals, communities, and societies;
- supporting the partnerships, interactions and knowledge sharing that brings the benefits of research in the social sciences and humanities to the larger society.
Three key ambitions are stated as:
- to enhance the quality of, and support for, research and research training in the social sciences and humanities;
- to enable connections among disciplines, including those in engineering and the natural and health sciences, as well as between research and the larger community, in Canada and in the rest of the world;
- to increase the impact of research and research training for the benefit of society.
Knowledge mobilization is the means of conveying the value of what we do, it includes
- traditional dissemination
- knowledge transfer, moving the knowledge out
- co-partnering and mobilization
Criteria for Milestone Report
The “Milestone Report,” which was prepared in August 2008, highlights four criteria:
- Clustering, networking and partnering: Besides membership, partnerships and governance, this is to describe such elements as: how the integration of all Cluster participants will be ensured, particularly in the plans for synthesizing knowledge, networking, and knowledge mobilization.
- Training and development: This is to include specific networking and knowledge synthesizing and mobilization skills that can be acquired through participation in the Cluster.
- Knowledge synthesis: This is to include external funds being sought to pursue the Clusters synthesizing projects and an overview of the cluster’s main knowledge synthesizing objectives.
- Knowledge mobilization: This is to include a table showing the number of knowledge mobilization mechanisms/tools/vehicles the Cluster has already developed or plans to develop, and who will be the main receptors of the Cluster’s knowledge mobilization efforts.