GDNet at the KM Impact Challenge unConference

The KM Impact Challenge is a collaborative learning process sponsored by USAID that has brought together practitioners to describe and share their experiences in assessing their knowledge and learning initiatives. 47 case studies were submittedto the Challenge and 24 of these were chosen as top finalists. On May 5th and 6th the KM Impact Challenge unConference in Washington, DC, brought together  over 70 practitioners from different fields of expertise to discuss these cases, share their experiences and debate tools and approaches to measure the impact of KM activities. Some other 50 participants joined in online the sessions that were screecasted live on the web.

GDNet participated in the Challenge and was nominated amongst the top finalist. The case study Connecting researchers from the Global South to those with the power to make a difference was presented during the unConference and  showcased how GDNet

knowledge hub brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South.

GDNet has also been a co-sponsor of the unConference and supported the social reporting activities around the event. Together with colleagues from the Impact Alliance, IRG, QED, and several other participants that joined in throughout the two days, we covered the different plenary and parallel sessions with tweets, blog posts, pictures and video interviews with finalists and participants. We also used a wiki to take notes during the parallel sessions and the open spaces and produced daily summaries of the unConference highlights.

In her reflections on the unConference, USAID Stacey Young underlined the diversity of perspectives and different ways to approach the question of how to capture, understand and demonstrate the value created by investing in learning. A lot still needs to be done on this issue but the different ideas that emerged in the unConference provide exciting pathways to move this agenda forward.

You can stay connected with the KM Impact Challenge by joining the online community, conversing on Twitter (#KMImpact) and Facebook, and subscribing to the RSS Feed and email alert.

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About Connect@GDNet
GDNet: Be seen. Get connected. Step up. GDNet is about connecting researchers from the Global South to those with the power to make a difference. Showcasing southern research: GDNet provides southern researchers with a platform to profile their work and opportunities to engage with others working in development policy and practice. Providing the latest research and data: GDNet provides free use of a number of online services to its eligible members. Building confidence: GDNet is committed to helping southern researchers communicate their research more effectively and is proud of its excellent range of training events and learning materials.

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