Kstar: Views, hopes, fears, and next steps

So the Kstar conference 2012 comes to an end?…. Or is it just the beginning?! What stood out for you? Where should we be going next? Over the past three days we’ve gathered your views and insight, which are all brought together in this collection of videos:

Kstar with civil society: brokering relationships instead of knowledge?

As key actors intersecting the knowledge-policy interface, knowledge intermediaries working with civil society and community organisations have a key facilitating role to play in policy and decision making processes. Drawing on personal insights from working within civil society and community organisations, this panel session saw David Phipps, Leandro Echt and Glowen Kyei-Mensah share key lessons for improving the impact civil society and community organisations within the knowledge-policy process.

Kstar with civil society

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Managing data in a world drowning in knowledge

With the internet-fuelled explosion of accessible knowledge, managing and storing it systematically has never been more important. On the second day of the K* Conference 2012, a panel of experts explore cutting-edge solutions to data and knowledge management.

Kstar 2012 and data management

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Jacquie Brown: Learning the lessons of Kstar

Discussions at the Kstar conference 2012 have repeated time and time again that we need to stop reinventing wheels and focus on sharing and learning from our individual experience. In this interview, Jacquie Brown discusses how she will apply the lesson learning from Kstar 2012 to her own work in implementing science at the National Implementation Research Network. As Jacquie outlines, Kstar 2012 offered a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to knowledge practitioners from all over the world and from many different sectors, and whilst we may share commonalities, meaningful consideration of context is key to effective knowledge mobilisation.

Why Kstar is important for the United Nations University

Reflecting on discussions at the Kstar conference 2012, Prof. Jakob Ryhner – from the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security – outlines why Kstar is important for his work at the United Nations University.

From ideas to action: practical guidance for a Kstar practitioner from Laurens Klerkx

At the K* Conference 2012, a panel of knowledge practitioners shared their experience and personal insights in being at the sharp end of policy delivery.  In this interview, Laurens Klerkx – Professor of Communication and Innovation Studies from Wageningen University – reflects on his own research and offers some practical guidance in improving the impact and influence of Kstar activities.

Effective knowledge translation: Reflections of a Kstar practitioner from Nyokabi Musilla

On the first day of the Kstar conference 2012, Dr Nyokabi Musila – Research and Knowledge Translation Scientist based at the African Institute for Development Policy – shared her experience of knowledge translation in a project focusing on reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa. Reflecting on the panel discussion which explored effective knowledge translation, we interviewed Nyokabi and asked her, what do you mean by the term knowledge translation, what challenges did you face in your role as knowledge translator and what practical guidance can you offer someone working as a Kstar practitioner.

Living the Kstar lifestyle: Reflections of a Kstar practitioner from Andrew Campbell

What does it mean to be a Kstar practitioner and what are the challenges to working effectively across the knowledge-policy interface? In this interview, Professor Andrew Campbell – Director of the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University draws on his rich experience working as a knowledge practitioner and shares some personal insights on how to improve your impact working in the vast and growing field of Kstar. As Andrew outlines, funding the arrows and not the boxes – that is funding the process and not the outcome – is crucial if knowledge translation and brokering is to be effective. Taking some time out to sharpen the sword and build your skills is, for Andrew, also of critical importance.

Practicing Kstar: from ideas to action

Practitioners working across the knowledge-policy interface play an increasingly important role in the drive towards evidence based policymaking. At the K* Conference 2012, a panel of knowledge practitioners shared their experience and personal insights in being at the sharp end of policy delivery.

Kstar with practitioners

Kstar with practitioners

Policy is a complex, messy process that does not follow an orderly linear path. Policy design, implementation and evaluation involve a myriad of actors and a diverse array of knowledge. Interacting in a web of power and politics, it is difficult, near impossible, to entangle and understand when, where and why policy decisions should and could be made.

Understanding and working through this complexity, knowledge practitioners aim to smooth the path between knowledge producers and users. But, the world of policy is not an impartial, objective or benevolent one. Thus, knowledge practitioners, as facilitators of evidence, have an important role to play in ensuring all types of knowledge are voiced in the knowledge-policy dialogue.

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Kstar: Lost in translation?

Effective knowledge translation is key to ensuring that evidence escapes the confines of academia and is practically applied to the language of policy. The Kstar conference 2012 provided a platform for a panel of experts to share examples of good practice and delve deeper into understanding why knowledge translation is important and what impact translation wields on the knowledge-policy interface.

Kstar 2012 - knowledge translation

Kstar 2012 - knowledge translation

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