ksinr-synthesis-workshop-013One of the first exercises at the recently held Knowledge Sharing in Research(KSinR) project’s Synthesis Workshop was to ask the participants what their expectations of the workshop were.

The participants were asked to write these on cards.

The cards were then read out and Nadia Manning-Thomas, Project Leader of the KSinR project was asked to say whether the particular expectation:

* Will be Achieved

* Maybe achieved

* Will NOT be achieved

The cards were then arranged on a pin board under the 3 categories-see photo to the right.

None of the expectations were considered to be not achievable in the workshop.

This board was referred to throughout the workshop to make sure the workshop was on track with meeting the needs and priorities of all involved.

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ksinr-synthesis-workshop-0191 The Knowledge Sharing in Research project’s Synthesis Workshop, held 17-19th November 2008 on ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was designed to bring together the Pilot Projects (6) and those working on the umbrella project (KSinR) to carry out a number of activities to look back over the project activities to better understand them and to capture lessons.

ksinr-synthesis-workshop-020The workshop followed the roadmap seen in the picture to the left over the three days of the workshop to enable the achievement of a number of objectives–listed in photo to the right.

The workshop used a number of key approaches to help facilitate review, discussions, evaluation and documentation including:

  • Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis
  • River of Life exercise
  • Most Significant Change
  • Peer Assist
  • Card sorting exercises
  • Matrix approach

…and how the workshop roadmap intended to achieve the objectives is shown below.

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After more than one year since the Inception workshop for the ICT-KM Knowledge Sharing Project, many of the 6 KSinR Pilot Projects have carried out and completed their activities and piloting periods within the KSinR project. On Monday 17th November 2008 a Synthesis workshop for the Knowledeg Sharing in Research Project will take place. The aim of the workshop is to bring all the Pilot Projects together to discuss their activities and capture lessons from their piloting activities.

The Workshop will take place over three days (17th, 18th, 19th) on ILRI Campus in Addis ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop will include:

  • Review of project activities, outputs and outcomes–using Rive of Life Activity
  • Evaluation of Knowledge Sharing strategies employed in the research project–through using and revisiting the Impact pathways approach
  • Most Significnat Change exercise
  • Discussions on Communication and outreach of Project knowledge and lessons
  • …and more!

We look forward to some fruitful discussions and exercises and being able to share more information derived from the project through this space and others.

Stay tuned…