A Theory of Change for Knowledge Mobilization

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2013 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum
Anne Middleton and Elizabeth Whitmore
Community First: Impact of Community Engagement (CFICE)

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  • KM in the context of CFICE Based at Carleton University
  • Acknowledging our Partner organizations
  • There are 5 thematic hubs (4 focusing on substantive issues – Food Security, Poverty Reduction, VAW, and Environmental Sustainability) The KM hub exists to: Facilitate communication among hubs and with the public, Coordinate knowledge exchange and dissemination of learning, and of final products, Document the processes of knowledge exchange and their impact from the community ’ s perspective, To coordinate training and mentoring of both students and community members. The KM hub exists to: Facilitate communication among hubs and with the public, Coordinate knowledge exchange and dissemination of learning, and of final products, Document the processes of knowledge exchange and their impact from the community ’ s perspective, To coordinate training and mentoring of both students and community members.
  • Find out how many, in the audience, are familiar with ToC
  • One action (as an example) is to put on a series of webinars, as a way of KM. One example – a webinar – of an activity, and how it is ‘ mapped ’ out in a ToC. Influencing Factors Technology Works Timing is good for many (competition for time) Follow-up support for implementation Timeliness of the topic
  • WE NEED TO ‘ WALK THROUGH ’ EACH PIECE, HERE (ACTIVITIES, OUTPUTS, OUTCOMES). CFICE Leadership roles in NP, universities and funding agencies Many activities and members Also have specific research projects Many functions undertaken – dissemination, etc. How activities converted into contributions to major project results
  • A Theory of Change for Knowledge Mobilization

    1. 1. A Theory of Change forKnowledge MobilizationAnne Middleton and ElizabethWhitmorePresented at the KM Forum, Mississauga,Ontario, June 4, 2013
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Role of the KMb Hub in CFICE
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. Theory of ChangePlan of action which systematicallytests the assumptions that youractions and knowledge products willproduce predicted results.
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. The Change CurveDesiredChangeResources• Where we are now (2013)• Where we want to be in 2016• Acceptable/Appropriate for 2019• Optimum Change
    9. 9. 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?
    10. 10. QuestionsWhat other KMb activities could we do?How do we know that the activities will lead to thedesired outcomes?

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