HealthNet TPO is committed to knowledge management in order to improve its programme quality. By doing research and by implementing projects in collaboration with communities, national partners and other international NGOs, new knowledge is generated and applied.
The DCR implements multi-sector rehabilitation programmes in 6 countries: DR Congo, Liberia, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Burundi. The Knowledge Network is coordinated by HealthNet TPO Amsterdam, with 5-year funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Network currently focuses on knowledge generation around 6 themes: Economic Development; Inclusion of the Poorest; Adult Literacy; Partnership; Conflict Sensitivity and Local Governance.
In the philosophy of Communities of Practice (a common tool for knowledge sharing), an online platform has been created for communication and information sharing around the 6 themes. Each year, specific research questions are formulated, relevant to the phase of programme implementation. Examples of such research questions are: How can we foster active community participation after prolonged period of emergency intervention? How can community participation influence the accountability of decision makers on basic services? Does community governance increase the voices of the poorest? For each research question, relevant literature is reviewed in collaboration with Master students (on a voluntary basis), in order to have an overview of evidence and best practices. Next, low-cost operational research is carried out in the 6 countries. Methodologies include action research, surveys, stories (of how change happened), focus group discussions and observations. The expectation is that new actionable knowledge will be created that can be used for programme quality improvement.
For more information, or to join the Network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.