Knowledge management, up close and personal

Brain pickings from a discussion on Personal Knowledge Management of interest for the WASH Information Consortium.


Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs

Ohkubo, S., Sullivan, T. M., Harlan, S. V., Timmons, B. T., & Strachan, M. (2013). Guide to monitoring and evaluating knowledge management in global health programs. Baltimore, MD: Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs introduces standardized practices to evaluate whether KM projects, activities, and tools are effective at supporting global health and development efforts. The Guide describes the cycle of knowledge assessment, capture, generation, synthesis, and sharing, as well as how to evaluate a range of KM products, services, and tools.

It offers a list of 42 indicators that program managers and evaluators can use to track the progress of their own KM activities, and instruments to measure the contribution of KM activities to health policy and program outputs and outcomes. The Guide also discusses why monitoring and evaluation of KM approaches and activities is important and provides a series of recommended techniques and tools.

Why sharing data can save services

An interesting article from the Dan Jellinek of the The Guardian I would like to share with you…

Sharing data could help drive down down costs. So how can the government make better use of information?

In the information age, the public sector – as provider of thousands of services to millions of people – handles more information than most. And with increasing amounts of collaboration between public bodies in order to cut costs and improve services, plus sharing with private-sector contractors and partners, there is a growing need to share this often sensitive information or data in a timely, secure and auditable way.

These issues are being tackled head on by the new multi-agency safeguarding hubs, or “Mash”, which bring together police, children’s and adult social care teams, health services and others to collect and share information on vulnerable children, families and adults.

But there are serious blockages to progress. A survey of data sharing of 33,000 public servants, published this month by the Guardian and specialist public sector information management solutions firm Objective, found that while 90% of respondents had a business requirement to share files, 71% were restricted from doing so.

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The WASH information Consortium’s platforms: connecting people, sharing knowledge, increasing transparency

The WASH Information Consortium initiative has been created to optimise knowledge and information dissemination in the Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector globally while promoting information literacy in developing countries. Through a shared approach and working together, with a consortium of institutions, networks and organisations, it aims to develop and deliver joint services, through resource sharing. This presentation made by SuSanA and Avko, both organisations members of the WASH information Consortium, provides an overview of involved institutions’online platforms for increasing access to open data and share best practices. (“All logos and hyperlinked text in blue, can be clicked on…”.“Navigate back by clicking on the bigger middle circles…”).

IHE’s platforms and social media

The UNESCO-IHE building in Delft

The UNESCO-IHE building in Delft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)