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Being a Knowledge Broker

This resource attempts to demystify the world of a knowledge broker, drawing on published literature and the experiences of approximately 30 knowledge brokers.

One of our CLAHRC approaches to ensuring that research carried out continues to address the needs of health/social care, is to include key individuals from these sectors, as part of the wider research team. 

The name given to this role is ‘knowledge broker’ but it can also be described as clinical champion or a critical friend. Anyone can be a knowledge broker – to the extent that as our work has developed, we’ve moved away from using a formal definition, to talking about ‘useful people’ who can share knowledge and information that can help our work get into practice. This guide summarises the knowledge brokering approach.