Count, proportion, qualitative
Issues and Challenges:
The purpose of this indicator is to systematically document learning opportunities supported in the partnership through partnership activities and KM outputs, particularly partner organizations producing value-generating types of knowledge, such as guidelines, lessons learned, or promising practices on technical topics. For example, High Impact Practices (HIPs) in Family Planning, which are a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts against specific criteria and documented in an easy-to-use format, provide specific value-generating types of knowledge.
Value-generating types of knowledge are specifically relevant to KM and partnerships, and generally fall under three categories of knowledge areas: 1) sector/thematic, 2) research, and 3) operational (ADB, 2011):
· sector and thematic knowledge – largely tacit, but can be made into know-how explicit through meetings, publications, and other mechanisms;
· research knowledge – primarily published and, therefore, explicit but may also include tacit research know-how in specific subject areas and research methods, which should be distinguished from the explicit nature of basic health science research;
· operational – primarily explicit know-how about the organizational framework, examples include operational policies, procedures, instructions, and processes.
It is useful to link the learning of new knowledge among partner organizations to these categories, and assess in which areas partnership activities are adding particular values in achieving partnership goals and objectives.