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The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners in the Social, Urban, Land, and Resilience Sectors

2018-02-01, Kumar, Shobha, Leonard, Aaron, Watkins, Ryan, Vovides, Yianna, Kerby, Brigitte

Based on the original Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners, this guide has been customized for practitioners in the urban, social, land, and resilience sectors. It offers a practical step-by-step framework with illustrative examples on how to design, implement, and measure progress with regard to knowledge exchange initiatives. While the guide contains information that is of value to all those involved in knowledge exchange from the local to the global level, it is particularly geared to those who broker the exchange of knowledge and expertise on development challenges and solutions in the areas of urban and social development, land administration, and resilience.

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The Art of Designing and Implementing Study Tours: A Guide Based on the Art of Knowledge Exchange Methodology

2017, Kumar, Shobha, Watkins, Ryan

Designing and implementing study tours that get results can be a big undertaking. This guide, the art of designing and implementing study tours, aims to take out the guesswork by breaking down the process into simple steps. The study tour guide is written specifically for those who broker or coordinate or facilitate Study Tours between knowledge seekers and knowledge providers. A study tour is a learning journey for both the knowledge providers and seekers as it truly taps into the power and potential of peer-to-peer learning. When designing a study tour, it is useful to consider the different needs and characteristics of these two groups separately. Based on the World Bank Group’s flagship publication, the art of knowledge exchange: a results-focused planning guide for development practitioners, this study tour guide benefits greatly from the tried and tested roadmap and results-focused methodology of the art of knowledge exchange. It is an effort to delve deeper into one of the knowledge exchange instruments from the Art of Knowledge Exchange Toolbox, and provide detailed guidance on how to design and implement study tours for higher development impact. Based on the World Bank Group’s flagship publication. This study tour guide benefits greatly from the tried and tested roadmap and results-focused methodology of the art of knowledge exchange. It is an effort to delve deeper into one of the knowledge exchange instruments from the art of knowledge exchange toolbox, and provide detailed guidance on how to design and implement study tours for higher development impact. This guide uses a primary case study, study tour in Action, to illustrate the five steps in the art of knowledge exchange methodology. These five steps, anchor, define, design, implement, and evaluate, provide the roadmap for effective Study Tours that get results. The guide also highlights four additional examples to illustrate how study tours have supported development outcomes when systematically designed and integrated as a part of a larger change process.

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The Art of Knowledge Exchange : A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners

2012, Kumar, Shobha, Leonard, Aaron

Knowledge exchange, or peer-to-peer learning, is a powerful way to share, replicate, and scale up what works in development. Development practitioners want to learn from the practical experience of others who have gone through, or are going through, similar problems. This guide emphasizes empowering local agents through experiential learning with peers from their own and other countries, by following a strategic, results-oriented approach to learning based on the World Bank institute's capacity development and results framework. Knowledge exchange can be used as part of a change process to powerful effect. But like any good capacity building approach, it should be anchored in the broader development context and your clients' needs should drive the agenda. The development goal focuses on the major objective your clients hope to achieve. It derives from a long-term regional, national, or local development strategy. The knowledge exchange initiative should bring your clients closer to realizing this goal, by targeting the institutional constraints preventing its achievement. The development goal therefore guides the design of your knowledge exchange. An effective development goal is locally owned and provides clear economic and social value to targeted beneficiaries. It's important to recognize that a knowledge exchange initiative will not result in the development goal, but should contribute to it. In some instances, knowledge exchange can be used to build group consensus on a development goal itself.