The Project Leader of the Knowledge Sharing in Research (KSinR) project recently visited the WorldFish-lead Pilot project in Vietnam.

The objectives of the trip were:

  • To observe the use of Outcome Mapping in the project
  • Provide support in the use of chosen KS tools
  • Capture lessons from the project
  • Collect materials and documents and take photographs (see trip photos on KS Flickr)
  • Discuss and conduct interviews with various stakeholders involved in the project
  • Plan for future project activities

So what is this project all about…

The WorldFish Centre submitted a proposal to the Knowledge Sharing in Research component of the KS project with the intention of “applying KS tools to impact monitoring and project M&E” to the CPWF 35 project on ‘Community-based fish culture in seasonal floodplains and irrigation systems’ that it is running. The rational was that as the overall project aims to develop appropriate technologies through an adaptive management approach it requires both national partners and direct beneficiaries at the community-level to evaluate fish culture activities each year and modify the following year’s approach based on the results. As such more participatory approaches to impact monitoring would provide a more appropriate and accurate picture of fish culture activities, including the perspectives of those involved, and make the learning directly accessible to those who are working in fish culture.

According to Natasja Sheriff, Project Leader of CPWF 35 and the KSinR Pilot project component:

“It is necessary to use approaches which adopt a more participatory approach to impact monitoring to ensure we are building a complete and accurate picture of project impacts and which allow project beneficiaries to more openly share their experience of project impact. Through more emphasis on sharing knowledge- we can all learn alot”

Through the Knowledge Sharing in Research project others can learn about the experience of this WorldFish Pilot project in using more knowledge sharing-oriented approaches to learning and M&E.

The trip–what was happening?

On this trip the Pilot Project Team was having to re-introduce Outcome Mapping to a new project site due to the previous site having decided not continue doing fish culture activities any longer. The activities of the week included:

*Presentation of and training in Outcome Mapping approach to local research partner- RIA2 again.

*Development of intentional design of Outcome Mapping by team, with inputs of VISIONS, BOUNDARY PARTNERS and PROGRESS MARKERS from various stakeholders such as WorldFish, RIA2, Local Authority, Fisheries Department, as well as the farmers themselves.

Keep tuned into this blog for a series of posts on the trip to Vietnam…

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