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Knowledge Mobilization/ACT NOW


TeacherACT NOW is the knowledge mobilization and policy outreach arm of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development.  ACT NOW stands for Achieving Change Through kNOWledge and represents a crucial phase in the Institute’s work.

Researchers, faculty members and students will work directly with policy makers and community members such as those involved in child care, teaching, social work, and front line health care in order to strengthen our understanding and approach to optimal human development.

ACT NOW transcends the world of academia to ensure the breakthroughs discovered within the Institute are moved into meaningful, tangible results where the community can feel their benefits.

We are committed to ensuring that:

  • The FMIHD research findings are translated into policy and practice recommendations.
  • Recommendations are put into action to directly impact the lives of children and families.




Director of ACT NOW

If you'd like to know more about the work of ACT NOW, please contact:

Prof. Barbara Fallon
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Dr. Barbara Fallon is the Director of ACT NOW. She is an associate professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience in knowledge mobilization. As a former director of The Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, and current lead of both the Ontario Incidence Study of reported Child Abuse and the Ontario Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, Dr. Fallon has contributed to key policy implementations through her research. In particular, Dr. Fallon’s findings have led to the introduction of differential response models and specialized intimate partner violence teams.

Her research has also informed both frontline child welfare workers and policy makers in understanding the use of risk assessments in child protection investigations and opportunities for early intervention and prevention for children at risk of maltreatment.

Dr. Fallon is the Director of the PhD Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare. In 2009 she was awarded the Child Welfare League of Canada’s Outstanding Research and Evaluation Award.

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