26 October 2008

CGIAR knowledge sharing in research project aims to enhance research impact

At last week’s workshop to discuss how improved communication can help maximize the impact of agricultural research in Africa, we caught up with Nadia Manning-Thomas of the CGIAR.

She leads the ICT-KM 'Knowledge Sharing in Research Project' that aims to integrate knowledge-sharing approaches into the different phases of the research cycle - instead of seeing it as an optional 'add-on':

She explains that the approach is based on improving the impact of research along the whole cycle. It shows how undertaking knowledge-sharing can help to achieve other research objectives, such as enhanced relevance; multi-stakeholder engagement; collaboration along the cycle, dissemination and uptake, and M&E:

One key lessons she draws from the project is the need for "bridging individuals" with a variety of skills who can work within research, from the beginning to the end of the research cycle:

The Addis Ababa workshop is organized by the Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the World Bank Institute (WBI), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with support from the Information and Communications Technology – Knowledge Management (ICT-KM) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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by Peter Ballantyne

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