Letter of Agreement for comments and suggestions (WASH Information Consortium)

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Information Consortium’s identity

Dear all,
In the consortium group meeting on the 25th of March 2013 one of the subjects we decided needed some discussion was "The consortium's identity". Here are Caridad's first thoughts...

In a crowded marketplace of platforms, it is important that the consortium could establish a well-defined niche. The identity of the consortium should reflect this niche. Maybe we should also think of an overall image that could visualise our group in the minds of diverse public. Don't you think our identity could help the Consortium to answer questions like “who are we?” and “where are we going?”.

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Re: How can we measure the impact of information

During the Consortium's 2nd meeting on 25th of March 2013 the idea of creating set of tools for measuring the impact of our information was suggested. Some first ideas:

Although we all have witnessed a steady growth in the provision of information services in the last years, a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered. The impact and appropriateness of the services offered. Building a tool that measures information impact could help defining this.

Could an inventory of the Consortium participant organisations’ strengths on this area to evaluate what we can offer as a group to a bigger audience be an idea.
After that we might consider making a proposal for funding the idea (project).

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Re: How can we measure the impact of information

Dear Caridad

These are interesting issues your raise. Could you shortly introduce yourself and the consortium your are talking about?
Thank you and kind regards

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Re: Action points from 2nd Meeting 25.3.2013

Here we can update on the progress of pending points (25th of March Consortium group's meeting). Here you can download the minutes[img][url=http://washinfo2015.wordpress.com/minutes/]http://washinfo2015.wordpress.com/minutes/[/url].

1. Dan, Cor, Trevor Think about UNC Water & health conference (North Carolina) October

2. Trevor & Caridad Keep group informed in regard of the Susana forum (send guidance how to use the Forum

3. Hans, Trevor Will look into a search engine for the Consortium

4. Vera Share concept paper of first meeting DONE See link

5. All Find something concrete and innovative to show, decide how we will present ourselves as a group and show what we have done as a group

6. All Send to Caridad possible picture for the blog

7. All send urls of libraries and Logo to Caridad

8. Caridad Add all links to the blog

9. Caridad Put action points into the discussion board

10. Cor Discuss SACOSAN with Rabin, ideas how Consortium could help SACOSAN

11. Trevor & Caridad Start discussion on the Susana forum

12. Dan Send report to the group on whether point 1 has been discussed by KM

13. All Discuss and look at The Consortiums identity

14. Verele Share a link of site in Latina America & invite this organisation to join. DONE

15. Hans, Trevor Make the list of existing platforms into an innovative product from the group Before North Carolina conference

16. ALL Send or post in the blog list of each consortium organisation’s existing platforms (WASH plus and IRC are already in the blog)

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Re: Action points from 2nd Meeting 25.3.2013

Some progress after my last post from:
4. Vera share concept paper of first meeting (see attached)

11. Trevor & Caridad Start discussion on the Susana forum (done)

14. Link provided by Verele: [img][url=http://ella.practicalaction.org/#/home/62]http://ella.practicalaction.org/#/home/62[/url]

16. ALL Send or post in the blog list of each consortium organisation’s existing platforms. Two organisations have posted their links to existing platforms WASH plus[img][url=http://ella.practicalaction.org/#/home/62]http://washinfo2015.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/plaforms-used-by-the-washplus-project/[/url]and [img][url=http://washinfo2015.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/platforms-used-by-irc/]washinfo2015.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/platforms-used-by-irc/[/url]
Please send or post the links to the platforms your organisation works with.

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Re: How can we measure the impact of information

Dear Dorothee

Please have a look at the concept note which has now been attached to Caridad's post in the action items thread. As I am sure you can see the WASH information consortium group is still in the formation stage and the concept note frames the initial thoughts about what is trying to be achieved by the consortium, which is also still open to more interested organisation's who have large libraries and knowledge resource databases, depositories or collections.

Please consider participation.

More information and discussion to follow.

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Trevor
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Re: Information Consortium’s identity

Hi All

In order to assist us with further refinement of the identity of the WASH Information Consortium, please refer to the attached concept note.

Your further thoughts and comments about how the consortium should identify itself and how it should present itself, are welcomed. Please reply to this post with them.

Kind regards
Trevor
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Re: How can we measure the impact of information

Hello!

The K4HEALTH Project at Johns Hopkins University has a KM Toolkit and one section on the toolkit has resources for measuring the impact of KM. The link is:
www.k4health.org/toolkits/km/guides#bloc...page-resources-block

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Re: Action points from 2nd Meeting 25.3.2013

Hi everybody,

It has been a while since we last talked. Part of the silence is due to my absence, I was on holiday until the end of last week.
Now I am completely renewed and with a lot of energy, so be prepared!

I am sending this post to all of you by e-mail because I don't know whether you managed to enter the Forum (let me/Trevor know if you still have problems). As this post comprises an update from action points it will also be posted in our Forum's page: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/127-wa...formation-consortium

First I will update you on developments since we last met (points completed 2,4,6,9 and 11)

The Consortium concept paper was shared within the consortium group and in the Forum
The Forum was created and a few replies have been posted (Gold medal for Dan's posts, Congrats!)
New articles have been posted in the "WASH information blog: (re blogged) Make data and information flow, Opening up library databases with linked data and Monitoring and evaluation of knowledge management and knowledge brokering
New picture added as header of the blog
The list of platforms has been updated by WASHPLUS, IRC (the rest still pending)
Verele shared a link of an interesting site in Latina America

However a few important points are still waiting:

point 1- UNC Water & health conference (North Carolina) October(Cor, Trevor,Dan)
point 3- Hans, Trevor Will look into a search engine for the Consortium
point 5- All Find something concrete and innovative to show, decide how we will present ourselves as a group and show what we have done as a group
point 7- All send urls of libraries and Logo to Caridad
point 10 - Cor Discuss SACOSAN with Rabin, ideas how Consortium could help SACOSAN
point 12- Dan Send report to the group on whether point 1 has been discussed by KM
point 13- Discussion on the Consortium's identity ( forum.susana.org/forum/categories/128-identity )
point 16- Send or post in the WASH information blog list of each consortium organisation’s existing platforms (after this is complete point 15 can be done: Hans, Trevor Make the list of existing platforms into an innovative product from the group

See post in the Forum: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/129-actions-points
I know you will be the first after reading this post completing your taks!

Best regards

Caridad
(sent by e-mail 24.5.2013)

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Re: How can we measure the impact of information

The K4health logic model for monitoring and evaluating information products and services, suggested by Dan, provides a good framework that could be adapted to the type of organisation you are working for. Obviously the intermediate and long-term outcomes are different for a network organisation, a research institute or an advocacy group.

Also any KM/IM monitoring system should be aligned with or feed into the M&E system of the host organisation.

Some of the lessons that IRC has learned using monitoring systems include:
  • there is a tendency to use too many indicators: this can make analysis so complex and time consuming that no real learning and adaptation can take place

  • large projects have their own (donor-driven) M&E systems which are not necessarily aligned with those of the rest of the organisation

  • the IRC WASHCost project showed that successful communication did not depend on one communication channel or product but rather on using multiple channels and products

At IRC we are currently developing strategic communication plans for our major programmes as well as a corporate communication plan. These are helping us to focus on key messages and communication channels/products for our key audiences. At the same time we have developed a new organisation-wide monitoring framework, while for our main programmes learning & adaptive management principles are promoted. Now all we have to do is to get all three to work together.
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Re: Information Consortium’s identity

Here is a first stab at a vision and mission for the Consortium:

Vision

We want everyone in the WASH sector to be able to access, share and use the information they need to realise the goal of universal, equitable and sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Mission

We believe that the unrestricted access to and informed use of essential WASH sector information is a prerequisite for delivering universal access to WASH services

As a consortium of like-minded organisations our mission is to:
  • develop and deliver joint WASH information services, through resource sharing and by submitting joint proposals for external funding

  • jointly promote open access, information literacy and the right to information principles in the WASH sector

  • promote the role of improved information services in the WASH services
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Re: Action points from 2nd Meeting 25.3.2013

Just an update as follow up: The WASH information Consortium will be presented (among other initiatives) at the
6th UN Water Dialogue : Improving access to water and sanitation information and knowledge from the UN system that will take place on the 17th of June in Spain.
More information: ^http://washinfo2015.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/un-water-decade-programme-on-advocacy-and-communication-unw-dpac/

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