Linking knowledge management with monitoring and evaluation


A short while ago, I gave a small brown bag seminar on the connections between knowledge management (KM) on the one hand and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) on the other hand, for a group of people from the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), both located in […]

Opportunity costs of documentation and how to make it work…


In my book of KM, documentation is an essential part of the work. Not everyone agrees to it. Someone who works a lot with Liberating Structures recently told me he didn’t necessarily see the point of harvesting anything because the people that were ‘doing the work’ would remember. But then there’s always the point of […]

How to navigate complexity in M&E and where KM can help


What’s happening in the world of monitoring and evaluation? How is complexity – the thinking and the reality – affecting it, highlighting gaps and creating opportunities? What can KM help to do about this? Here are some of the questions that this Prezi addresses. I’ll be presenting this in the course of next week at […]

At the edges of knowledge work, the new beacons of ever-sharper collective intelligence


Modern knowledge workers don’t really exist. Not with all the highly desirable features we may want them to have. But breaking down what such a super human should do into distinct functions could be a good start to training us all at becoming better knowledge workers. I noted a few of these functions in the […]

Assessing, measuring, monitoring knowledge (and KM): Taking stock


Been a while since I last properly ‘took stock’ of a specific topic in my knowledge garden. The last one about storytelling. But I’ve recently been working again on one of my pet topics: assessing knowledge work, so a good stock-taking exercise will be really handy for upcoming work, and hopefully for you too! Knowledge […]

Social web metrics: between the cracks of evidence and confidence


Assessing knowledge work is back on my menu for this year and I need to start somewhere simple(r): social web metrics. Rather than focus on the high end of monitoring/evaluation (M&E) of knowledge work, I’d like to look into current web metrics in use and to understand what they are really capturing, what they fail […]

Back on monitoring learning, from social media to impact


Second attempt to review some of the work done recently in the communication and knowledge management workshop (for CGIAR research programmes). Another building block session was about the monitoring and evaluation of KM and communication. The group of participants was very interesting: a mix of researchers who are interested in monitoring participatory work, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) […]

Paving the way for communication and knowledge management in the CGIAR research programs


The CGIAR network of agricultural research centres has set up 15 ambitious research programmes (CGIAR research programs). This week, with a group of about 45 people staff from those programs will be working on various aspects of knowledge management and communication for those research programs. This (repeat after me…) kmc4CRPs workshop will have participants focus […]

The wealth of communities of practice – pointers to assess networked value?


The KM4Dev community of practice is going through an intensive action phase, beyond the conversations, as the grant given by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the period 2012-2013 is leading to a number of interesting activities. Among them is a learning and monitoring (L&M) plan which really focuses on learning from all other […]

At the IKM Table (2): individual agency vs. organisational remit, accountability and impact pathways for the future of IKM-Emergent


Day 2 of the final IKM workshop dedicated to ‘practice-based change’. As much as on day 1, there is a lot on the menu of this second day: Individual agency vs. organisational remit; Accountability; Impact and change pathways; A possible extension of the programme: IKM-2 On individual agency and organisational remit: We are made of […]