A research-oriented organization such as the CGIAR cannot be satisfied just knowing that it has produced good research. It is critical to ensure that the knowledge or outputs this research produces is put to the best possible use. Using the same philosophy that questions how a crop grown in a lab can feed a hungry person, the issue here is to find the pathway that will take research information off of library shelves and out of hard drives and make sure it is available to its intended users – be they policy makers, researchers, extensionists or the farmers themselves.

The CGIAR ICT-KM Program has developed a plan to assist the CGIAR Centers in taking the steps necessary to ensure that all outputs from their research become international public goods, in other words, that they are Available, Accessible and Applicable to all who could benefit from their use – a Triple-A approach.

ICT-KM believes the Triple-A approach offers a pathway for bringing the benefits of the crops grown in the lab to the people who need them.

More on this topic soon….

Are you interested in what researchers, NGOs, community members, implementing teams, farmers and others think about various knowledge sharing approaches used in research?

In the Knowledge Sharing in Research (KSinR) project we definitely are, and have been trying to find out some of these thoughts and ideas from a variety of stakeholders involved in the range of knowledge sharing approaches being used by the KSinR Pilot Projects.

As part of the monitoring and evaluation(M&E) of the knowledge sharing strategies being used in the Pilot Projects being supported by the Knowledge Sharing in Research project, visits to the Pilot Projects are being undertaken by the KSinR Project Leader. During these visits, in addition to the more formal M&E being done, interviews with various actors involved in the projects, and the knowledge sharing strategies being used, are being conducted to gain their perspective.

So far two visits have been made to:

The interviews are being conducted with various actors to better understand their perspective on the knowledge sharing approach of the projects in which they are involved, including:

  • project implementors/pilot project teams
  • researchers
  • communities
  • farmers
  • NGOs

These interviews have been documented in easy-to-read ‘Interview sheets’ which can be found on the Documentation and Outputs page of the Knowledge Sharing in Research section of the KS website.

The Interview sheets now available are:

  1. Follow-up interviews on ICARDA’s Farmers’ Conference:

2. Interview on IWMI’s use of Learning Alliances in the WASPA project:

At the mid-point of the Knowledge Sharing in Research (KSinR) and its 6 Pilot Projects a monitoring and evaluation exercise was carried out to understand projects’ progress, capture any results and lessons, and to plan for the second half of the projects’ time periods.

This was done primarily through the submission of Mid-Point project reports (see Documentation and Outputs page for reports) followed up with questions and discussions from the KSinR Project Leader either virtually or via telephone conversation.

In some cases an M&E visit has also been carried out with the Pilot Projects…with more to come.

The framework and questions for the mid-point report, follow-up discussions and interviews during visits were develope using the Impact Pathways approach, which is being used as the monitoring and evaluation(M&E) and impact assessment methodology for the KSinR project.

Mid-Project update sheets have been developed providing a short summary of activities carried out, initial lessons and future plans. These can be found on the KS website or below:

  1. KSinR Project-update sheet
  2. WorldFish M&E and Impact Asessment Pilot project Impact Pathway-update sheet
  3. IWMI WASPA LA Impact Pathway-update sheet
  4. CIFOR Resarch priority assessment Pilot Project Impact Pathway-update sheet
  5. IRRI Rice Knowledge Bank Pilot Project Impact Pathway-update sheet
  6. IWMI Knowledge Sharing in Wastewater projects Pilot Project Impact Pathway-update sheet
  7. ICARDA Farmers’ Conference Pilot Project Impact Pathway- update sheet