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KM Impact Challenge: Some examples for research communications

By 16 May 2011

Knowledge-Driven International Development (KDID) recently brought together finalists of their ‘Knowledge Management Impact Challenge.    This initiative invited KM practitioners  to submit case studies mapping existing knowledge management approaches in order to both evaluate their effectiveness and discover new strategies for measuring impact results. We wanted to draw your attention to those most relevant to research communications.

This illustration taken from the KMIC site shows an overview of the challenge:


47 case studies were submitted of which 24 were chosen as Top Finalists.  The case studies all follow the same structure: First describing the initiative and the approaches used, then outlining the purpose and motivation behind the project and finally assessing the lessons learnt, the main challenges faced and further advice for others. Finalists were given the opportunity to share their experiences  at the KM Impact Challenge unConference: Discovering Measures that Matter for KM, that took place on May 5-6, 2011.

Below are overviews and links to five we thought were useful  examples relating to research communications:

This case study reviews the use of participatory video in order to support internal learning processes, inform the action research and amplify the community voices in relation to coping with adaptation to climate change.

This case study reviews the GDNet knowledge hub – a site that aims to bring together and communicate policy-relevant research from the Global South. The assessment process of the study outlines the evolutionary process of GDNet as moving from a knowledge repository to a model that places greater focus on helping southern researchers to inform policy processes.

This case study reviews the delivery of internet connectivity and traditional forms of information to communities living in some of the most remote parts of East Africa. The initiative aims to provide members of these communities with access to relevant, demand-driven information on agriculture, health and livelihood concerns.

This case study reviews the K4Health’s initiative to bring relevant, evidence-based information and best practices to heath professionals in developing countries. The project disseminates information on national, district and community levels in order to inform policy decisions and put research into use.

This case study reviews CIPE’s knowledge management for program development, training materials and cross-regional sharing to foster organizational learning, with an aim to strengthen democracy around the world.

These case studies all provide insightful perspectives on the initiatives each organisation has undertaken. For lists of all the case studies and more information about the scheme visit the KM Impact Challenge site.

Research to Action welcomes feedback comments and discussion surrounding the projects and initiatives outlined here.