“Conceptualizing a New Knowledge Management Logic Model for Global Health: A Case Study Approach” Now Available Online
This blog post originally appeared on the K4Health Blog. (The article is formally published in the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management (JIKM). You can access the abstract and the PDF for a fee on the journal website.)
I find visual tools such as logic models, theoretical frameworks, program matrices, etc. very useful and effective for my work. These tools communicate a shared vision and explain how our strategies and programmatic components lead to expected outcomes.
In the field of knowledge management, several well-known KM models assist both practitioners and researchers with planning and evaluating KM activities. However, these traditional models, which are heavily drawn from and built upon business practices, may not be highly applicable to the global health field. To fill the gap, the members of the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) developed the Knowledge Management for Global Health (KM4GH) Logic Model and the accompanying Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs in 2013. The Guide is available online and in print.
Our recently published article focuses on the KM4GH Logic Model and attempted to test its applicability to various global and field-level KM initiatives using three case studies from the K4Health project:
- An SMS-based mobile phone network among community health workers (CHWs) and their supervisors in Malawi
- A global electronic Toolkits platform that provides health professional access to health information resources
- A netbook-based eHealth pilot among CHWs and their clients in Bangladesh
These case studies have demonstrated the flexibility of the KM4GH Logic Model and confirmed its unique contribution to the global health field.
As I stated in my previous blog post, both the Guide and the KM4GH Logic Model truly represent a collaborative effort of so many contributors from various organizations. The article authors (Saori Ohkubo, Sarah V. Harlan, Naheed Ahmed, and Ruwaida M. Salem) would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by GHKC members, K4Health staff members, various project partners, and in-country stakeholders as well as the support given by USAID advisors. We are also interested in learning from you and hope you’ll share when you have a good example about how you used, repurposed, or adapted the Logic Model or any contents of the Guide. We would love to hear from you and work with you to further promote the Guide and the KM4GH Logic Model to the global health community.