How to share and exchange knowledge?

Knowledge Exchange Guidelines

Organisation: Living with Environmental Change (LWCE) Partnership

Year: 2012                                    

Purpose: Aid the KE process across all activities of the LWCE Partnership


  • Comprises an extensive reservoir of ideas, tips and suggestions on how KE can be most effective
  • Includes a range of further information and real-life illustrative case studies.
  • The Guidelines are divided into the following eight components, each of which represents a key stage in KE: target, design, engage, facilitate, share, impact, sustain, evaluate. 

“The term ‘knowledge exchange’ (KE) refers to the exchange of information, ideas, expertise and people between researchers and research users such as policy-makers, businesses and members of the public. The overall aim of KE is to maximise and accelerate research impact.” (Living with Environmental Change 2012: 1)

Knowledge Management for Health and Development Toolkit

The toolkit is sponsored by members of the USAID/IBP Global Health Knowledge Collaborative. Info on active members and the name of the members of the KM Toolkit Sub-Committee is here: http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/km/about#purpose

Year: last update June 2013


  • Toolkit was created to provide practical knowledge management (KM) resources and tools for those working in international public health and development


  • This toolkit provides practical resources for KM solutions that either come from the field of international public health and development or are applicable to the field and can be adapted.
  • The toolkit is structured to answer some basic questions, such as: What is KM? Why is it important? How do you do KM? How do you measure it? And, where do you go for more resources?
  • It also includes a specific toolkit of KM for public health - a systematic approach to ensure that public health practitioners have access to the latest research and that they apply that research to public health programs at all levels of the health system:  http://www.k4health.org/topics/knowledge-management-public-health


ResUp MeetUp Community


  • Online community for research uptake professionals
  • Organizers: Institute for Development Studies (IDS), African Institute for Developing Policy (AFIDEP)


  • To help research uptake and communication professionals keep up-to-date within this field.


  • Link to different research uptake resources such as projects and programs, community of practices, tools and guides and blogs and commentaries.
  • Planned Symposium and Training Exchange (February 2015/ Nairobi / partly funded by UK Aid): to explore emerging issues; to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of ‘research uptake’; and training exchange around a range of skills associated with research uptake activities.


Share-Net: Netherlands network on sexual & reproductive health and aids


  • Network of internationally operating organizations based in the Netherlands, Universities, students and individual consultants working in the field of Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, and HIV.

Year: October 2012 first “pilot” meeting of “linking research and practice – students and NGOs”


  • Aims to facilitate exchange of information, knowledge and experience and interaction between the different actors, including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the fields of SRHR and HIV
  • Seeking to improve the interventions of its members in the Global South and countries in transition.

Content / Activities:

  • newsletters, thematic meetings and networking


Technical Exchange Networks (TEN) - example MSH


  • To be formed within organizations to share technical expertise with their colleagues; to facilitate discussions across the globe via list serves, to host virtual events in which an expert presents a technical topic and then answers questions asked by other TEN members


  • for example Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has formed a TEN for their staff


  • Currently MSH hosts 6 Technical Exchange Networks on the Public Health topics of Malaria, HIV/AIDs, Family Planning, Maternal Newborn Child Health, and Fragile States 

Knowledge Gateway


  • low-resolution online platform was developed by WHO / RHR and partners
  • most popular electronic platform in the health and development sectors.
  • used by over 300,000 health and development professionals in every country of the world.

Year: was developed in 2004

Website: one has to register as a member



  • Electronic communication platform that connects people working in health and development through virtual networks and online discussions to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange.


  • Communities: join existing communities of practice and Knowledge Networks or create your own.
  • Networks: share and exchange experiences, best practices, and lessons learned.
  • Discussions: participate in virtual discussion forums; find out how to convene your own discussion.
  • Collaboration: tool for virtual collaboration with colleagues around the world; review documents, share files

Knowledge Brokers Forum


  • Managed by the I-K-Mediary Network: global initiative to connect knowledge brokers and intermediaries from across the North and the South (http://www.ikmediarynetwork.org)
  • Funding from Research Matters: collaboration between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID). 

Year: ongoing discussions and update



  • A collaborative space to promote knowledge sharing and dissemination around intermediary work in international development.


  • Access and sharing of resources on the strategic, practical and technical aspects of knowledge brokering and intermediary work
  • Sharing experience on knowledge brokering and intermediary work with others
  • Advice and peer support on issues and challenges
  • Variety of tools to share information and experiences

Intermediaries: Knowledge Broker

“Knowledge brokers and intermediaries play a key role in the promotion and uptake of evidence-based decision-making. They generate, interpret, organise and communicate research-based information from diverse perspectives using a range of approaches - both virtual and face-to-face. They also foster links, interaction, understanding and collaboration between knowledge producers, knowledge users and other stakeholders”