Just because knowledge exists and is available it does NOT mean it will be used. KMb is designed to identify where knowledge and evidence are not being used and rectify the situation. For example, a 2011 research paper reported that only 14% of health care research is very mobilized into practice and on average that mobilization takes 17 years (Morris et al., 2011).
Important to Note
Sometime Indigenous communities may not welcome knowledge mobilization activities due to variety of reasons. For example:
- Cultural barriers
- It may conflict with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
- It may conflict with Indigenous ways of knowing or doing, or their rights
Therefore, rectifying the knowledge gap may not happen or folks may not be open to it. This is important to keep in mind when engaging in this type of work within communities.