Ensuring equal participation and inclusion in a knowledge exchange initiative: evaluation using an equity-integrated logic model and checklist
Keywords:global health, equity, logic model, checklist, measurement, community of practice, knowledge exchange, knowledge sharing
To ensure effective knowledge management (KM) in global health programs, all health workforce members must engage in the knowledge cycle, and KM systems must value and respect individuals’ unique knowledge needs and perspectives, regardless of their identity. However, power and privilege imbalances result in inequitable differences in KM opportunities and outcomes. We introduce the equity-integrated Knowledge Management for Global Health Logic Model and checklist and apply them to evaluate a knowledge exchange intervention. These tools can help plan for and monitor and evaluate equitable KM interventions by identifying who might be experiencing inequity in KM systems and which aspects of KM tools and techniques are not being delivered equitably. The evaluation identified key approaches that helped make the knowledge exchange intervention equitable including using an inclusive design thinking approach, adopting dialogue-based KM techniques, and including French-language discussion spaces for francophone participants. Challenges included meeting the high demand for participation, introducing new technology without hindering the opportunity for equal participation, and balancing the need for more discussion time, especially for Francophone participants, with participants’ overall limited time to participate. This case study demonstrates the utility of these tools as “niche innovations” for building more inclusive and useful KM systems and processes.
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