Published on June 18, 2013
A Theory of Change forKnowledge MobilizationAnne Middleton and ElizabethWhitmorePresented at the KM Forum, Mississauga,Ontario, June 4, 2013
Community First: Impact ofCommunity Engagement (CFICE)• 7 year project (2012-2019)– Funded by Canadian Government (SSHRC)– Supported by non-governmental foundations• National in Scope (130 key players)– Universities and Colleges– Not For Profit Community Organizations– Networks
Role of the KMb Hub in CFICE
Principles for KMb in CFICE• Community first: products are valuable tocommunities• Products are useful to leverage change ininstitution and government policies/programs• Products are co-created and co-disseminated
Theory of ChangePlan of action which systematicallytests the assumptions that youractions and knowledge products willproduce predicted results.
Example of Theory of ChangePutting on a Webinar– What are the assumptions (implicitor explicit) which drive this activity?Does this activity uphold the principle that the webinar is ofvalue to the community based organization?Input – Resources for advertising, registration and evaluationAssume Cost/ Benefit ratio is justifiedActivity – Running the WebinarAssume people will attend as topic is of interestOutput – Report on content and attendanceAssume attendance data reflect interest in topicOutcome – People will both have capacity and will use ToCAssume those attending will get value from the information
KMb Hub Theory of ChangeKM Products:Guidelines, Fact Sheets, Models, Publications, Website, WorkshopReports, Community of Practice, Reference DatabaseBody ofActionableKnowledgeEnhancedBarriers toKnowledge SharingAddressedBuild CFICE Public Face (DesignWebsite and Social Media)Build Communities through relationship andNetwork developmentCreate PresentationsPublications, KMProductsDevelop Audience Targetedmaterials ( Art, Videos)Organize Workshops,Conferences, Webinars,SymposiaConduct ResearchFacilitate Intra-Hub Cohesion andCommunicationActive LearningCommunityEstablishedProducts CoDevelopedImprovedLevels ofTrustACTIVITIESOUTPUTSOUTCOMES
The Change CurveDesiredChangeResources• Where we are now (2013)• Where we want to be in 2016• Acceptable/Appropriate for 2019• Optimum Change
Identified KMb Outcomes forCFICE• Levels of trust between partners improved• Products co-developed• Body of actionable knowledge enhanced• Strong active learning community established• Identified barriers to knowledge sharingaddressedTheory of ChangeIdentify and test the assumptions that our plannedactivities will lead to these outcomes?
QuestionsWhat other KMb activities could we do?How do we know that the activities will lead to thedesired outcomes?
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