IKM Working Paper: Literature review of policy-making as discourse

The fifth IKM Emergent Working Paper Policy-making as discourse: a review of recent knowledge-to-policy literature, written by Harry Jones of Research in Policy and Development (RAPID) and published with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), is online from today. It has been published to coincide with the event Knowledge, policy and power held at ODI at the same time. Continue reading


IKM Working Paper: Bridging knowledge divides

The fourth IKM Working Paper Learning networks for bridging development divides by Laxmi Prasad Pant in now online. The study identifies and characterizes approaches and initiatives to bridging a complex array of knowledge divides in international development, specifically the differences in learning and innovation arising from multiple realities and multiple knowledge of a myriad of stakeholders, from multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations to diaspora communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and destitute local communities. Continue reading

IKM Working Paper: Monitoring and evaluation of knowledge

The third IKM Working Paper Monitoring and evaluation in knowledge management for development by Serafin Talisayon in now online. The paper argues that monitoring and evaluation of knowledge management for development is a subject that is affected by four basic problems:

  • A lack of consensus and clarity in understanding the terms ‘knowledge’ and ‘knowledge management’ (epistemological problem);
  • The complexity arising from multiple actors in development, each with their own different world-views, interests, values, power and development agendas (sociological-politicalproblem);
  • The large variety, as well as gaps, among the approaches and tools for measuring or assessing the magnitude, utilization and impact of use of intangible assets including knowledge (methodological problem); and
  • How to use knowledge to demonstrably create value or other desirable development outcomes (operational problem). Continue reading

New member of Working Group 3

Valerie A. Brown, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, at the Australian National University, is a new member of IKM Emergent’s Working Group 3: Management of knowledge.

Valerie Brown’s research applies integrative methods to exploring the construction of knowledge in generating locally sustainable responses to global social and environmental pressures. Past research programs have addressed the capacity for achieving integrative decision-making in the Local Government sector, the community sector, public health, and the environmental sciences, respectively. Current projects include principles for collaborative engagement for the Murray-Darling Basin; an interactive knowledge management framework for sustainable development in the local government sector; the introduction of sustainable development principles into the national Public Health post-graduate curriculum; and Indigenous communities’ environmental health workforce development.

Studies underway on knowledge management

Working Group 3 ‘Management of knowledge’ currently has four studies underway which will be expected, in final versions, at the end of this year and for publication ealrly in 2009. They cover the following subjects:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of knowledge management strategies – Parallel study I (Joitske Hulsebosch, Sibrenne Wagenaar and Mark Turpin)
  • Impact assessment of knowledge management  – Parallel study II (Serafin Talisayon of CCLFI, The Philippines) 
  • Bridging knowledge divides (Laxmi Pant of the University of Guelph, Canada)
  • The link between knowledge and policy (Nicola Jones, Ajoy Datta, Simon Hearn and Harry Jones of the Research and Policy in Development Programme of the Overseas Development Institute, UK)

Calls for Proposals

Working Group 3 of IKM Emergent, focusing on the management of knowledge, has announced three calls for proposal on the following:

3.1 Desk study on bridging knowledge divides
3.2 State of the art literature review on knowledge and policy
3.4a Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation of knowledge

The deadline for all applications is 22 June 2008.

The first IKM Working Paper

The first in the series of IKM Working Papers, Management of knowledge for development: a meta review and scoping study by Julie E. Ferguson, Kingo Mchombu  and Sarah Cummings has now been published. It is a substantial piece of work which sets out the research framework for the IKM Emergent Working Group 3: Management of knowledge.