Research in knowledge transfer (KT)

Equipe renard - logo finalWe are the first Québec cross-disciplinary group devoted to studying knowledge transfer (KT) in the field of social interventions, specifically with regard to educational, health and community services. The acronym RENARD stands for Recherche sur les Effets Non-Académiques de la Recherche et ses Déterminants, which means in English, research on the non-academic effects of research and its determining factors.

Our team consists of researchers and students from a number of Québec universities who contribute to producing knowledge about KT, as well as from organizations whose mission is or includes KT and from institutions deeply engaged in KT activities in connection with their development objectives.

The RENARD team was established in order to offer a platform for collaboration that would facilitate encounters between knowledge transfer researchers and institutions or agencies involved in knowledge transfer activities. This platform enables such organizations, which are leaders in knowledge transfer, to profit from the experience of both sides, enrich their respective projects and develop new ones with the help of researchers.


To support its mission, the RENARD team has set two main objectives:

  1. Generate scientific knowledge to improve the understanding of knowledge transfer;
  2. Allow our partners to adopt more effective knowledge transfer strategies to aid decision-making and intervention in their respective areas of practice.

Lines of research

The program for our team is structured around three lines of research:

  1. The processes by which the effects of knowledge transfer strategies occur (strategy characteristics, contexts of implementation, facilitators and obstacles);
  2. The effects causd by various knowledge transfer strategies, including proximal effects on practitioners, decision-makers and organizations as well as distal effects on users and the general public ;
  3. Methodological developments.

 Knowledge transfer

Efforts to make accessible the phenomenal quantity of new scientific knowledge produced have paved the way for the development of another extremely active field of research: knowledge transfer. We have found that this domain has grown impressively and its rapid development has resulted in creating new terms to describe it – as well as some confusion. Our team has adopted the definition of the term “knowledge transfer” used in the Action plan for knowledge transfer of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.