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  • “Improved access to credible research knowledge through profiling and synthesis”
    MK4D Output1
    Alistair Scott &
    Kelly Shephard
    June 2011
  • Output 1 desired outcome(what would we expect / like / love to see?)
    knowledge services increasingly being co-produced with partner organisations in developing countries.
    increased capacity of intermediary organisations in the global south to co-produce high quality knowledge products & services on a sustainable basis.
    measurablyincreased access to a diverse range of locally relevant, high quality research knowledge.
  • Output 1 – the approach
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  • Output 1: co-producing products & services
    Building on established [policy briefing] formats; focussed on global perspectives
    Topical, event focussed highlights of new research – conference blogs, thematic email bulletins; printed / online
    Readers’ groups, stakeholder groups & communities of practice around key themes
    Of each piece of latest research
    Of the research into large, specialist academic papers
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  • Output 1: co-producing products & services
  • Build Partnerships
    Building Partnerships is central to our work
  • Partnershipsfor Sourcing, Profiling & Co-production
    Malawi Development Exchange
    Community of Practice
    D-Net, Bangladesh
    Protifolon issues 4 & 5
    BORN website
    I-K Mediary host
    Bangladesh Eldis Community group
    ALIN, Kenya
    Joto Afrika
    Joto Afrika stakeholder group
  • Partnershipsfor Sourcing, Profiling & Co-production
    Cutting Edge Programme on Climate Change
    Write-shops in Colombia & India
    CoP in place
    Cutting Edge Programme on Social Movements
    Advisory Group in place
    CoP under development
    Soul City, South Africa
    Soul Beat Africa
    CoP under development
  • Malawi Development Exchange generating & sharing knowledge beyond the traditional establishment
    Liz Allcock
    Country Projects Convenor
    IDS Knowledge Services
  • What we do…
    Collect, digitise, summarise & disseminate development research produced in Malawi by Malawians
    Support exchange on development issues via the discussion forums
    Facilitate professional networking via face-to-face gatherings
    Develop offline access for those with poor internet access
    Capacity building?
  • National Library Service of Malawi
  • To create space for researchers & others interested in development in Malawi to share and learn from one another
    To increase the visibility of Malawian development research in-country, regionally and globally
    MDE: What’s the point?
  • Why Malawi?
    Proven need
    Excellent research, poor impact
    Nothing like it exists
    It’s not easy!
  • What impact are we having?
    Making available more locally-generated development research
    Stimulating demand for development research and information
    Enabling debate and contributing to cultural change by challenging norms
    Contributing to behaviour change in key stakeholder groups
    Using our resources for direct impact on individuals and communities…
  • What about the team?
  • Challenges…
    An online platform in an offline society!
    Adapting to the local context
    Communication – between IDS and the NLS and within IDS!
  • What next?
    Mobile SMS literacy campaign
    Pay-for & free-of-charge services
  • Adding Value... (unlike this)
  • Add Value
    Building lasting value - key to all our outputs
  • BLDS projects:Southern content – profile & access
    Desired outcome:
    increased use of Southern content
    • Publications exchange
    41 new exchange partners
    • Journal indexing
    1600+ article records added: articles from 40 journals include full abstracts
    • Retrospective cataloguing
    10,000+ records added
    • Global repository
  • Global repository
    Digitising Southern research
    Making it available in a full text, open access repository
    Creative commons licensing - further sharing
    Full text content easily findable via search engines
    Full text also available via publishing organisation website or repository
  • Challenges and Learning
    Building the repository platform took longer than anticipated:
    we needed to customise it for our own purposes, and to integrate it with other IDS systems
    Establishing multiple action partnerships (exchange & digitisation) in a relatively short space of time is challenging. We need to :
    Build in sufficient time and staff resources for making contact
    Seek out and build on any existing contacts
    Correspond in partners native language if possible
    Future priorities
    Repository capacity building project
    BLDS catalogue available on WorldCat (& other aggregated catalogue services)
    Mobile version of BLDS catalogue to facilitate access where internet connectivity is poor
  • Challenges and risks
    Deciphering MK4D Phase 2 requirements
    From conceptual aspiration to practical reality
    A “combinatorial explosion”
    Letting 100 flowers bloom…
    High transaction costs
    Spreading ourselves too thin
    What happens to the partnerships after March 2013?
  • What have we learned?
    We have one hell of a good team…
    Partnerships need constant TLC
    High transaction costs
    Editorial quality
    How to maintain common standards?
    Whose English is correct?
    Workload, workload, workload…
    Output 1 is very ambitious
    Limited resources
  • Future plans
    Diverse Voices
    Development Debates Hub
    Up to 8 Stakeholder Groups
    Outsource Eldis Resource Guides
    Southern Thematic Editorial Teams
    CSDMS, India: ICT4D Resource Guide
    id21 “insights” briefing series
    Partner-driven, online-only model
    Future Agricultures Consortium
    Network of African Partners
    Potential South Asian partners
  • “Improved access to credible research knowledge through profiling and synthesis”
    MK4D Output1
    Alistair Scott &
    Kelly Shephard
    June 2011