Knowledge Management

The knowledge management (KM) element of the BALANCED Project lies at the nexus of the other two major activities, Capacity built for integrated PHE implementation and Results-oriented PHE field activities implemented in areas of high biodiversity. It draws out the "best of" information and experience generated as part of those activities, synthesizes it, and disseminates it back to trainers, training participants, PHE implementers in the field, the larger PHE community of practice and donors. As such, this activity serves as the "integrating" arm of the project.

The BALANCED Project is developing and synthesizing PHE knowledge and tools using several approaches.

Sharing State of the Art (SOTA) Information

Learning from practitioner experience is at the center of the BALANCED Project, which seeks to:

  • Showcase "gold standard" PHE field projects
  • Demonstrate how PHE projects fit into a larger donor focus on equity, food security, poverty alleviation, and climate change
  • Provide evidence for the value-added of the PHE approach

Much information on the above already exists, and BALANCED will ensure that this SOTA information is made available and accessible to a variety of audiences interested in the PHE approach.

To this end, BALANCED is conducting an analysis of the PHE community of practice to identify how information is shared amongst its members. This information—combined with results from a John Hopkins research study to analyze the audience for PHE—is shaping the BALANCED KM, outreach and communications strategy.

Strengthening PHE community networking

BALANCED is building on existing PHE networks to create a global PHE community of practice and foster south-south learning. Knowledge, insights, and experiences are being shared within the community through electronic media, including electronic networks, as well as through in-person dialogue and presentations at national, regional, and international forums.

The Project is sharing key messages that are customized to the different audiences that access PHE information. For example, for health and family planning audiences, we will provide messages and information on how the PHE approach could help expand health and family planning services to underserved and vulnerable populations in need of such services. Meanwhile, we will reach out to the environmental community with messages that target their interest in learning how successful PHE programs can help create equity, access, and more resilient communities. BALANCED will target other messages to speak to those PHE practitioners and program managers who may want to know how the PHE approach helps to meet women and families’ immediate needs, addresses long term population threats, helps to make livelihoods more secure and better prepares populations to meet the challenges of climate change. The goal for BALANCED is to make these and other PHE messages and information easily accessible to the wide variety of audiences interested in this development approach.