Knowledge management (KM) within CPWF is concerned with the production and management of research knowledge to influence stakeholder attitudes, skills and behaviors. Hence KM is about linking research to outcomes and impact from farmer to researcher to policy maker. It is an important mechanism by which the CPWF expects to achieve its research and development goals.
KM is comprised of three complementary areas (see diagram). Information and data management is about making sure the right information is in the right place at the right time to support decision-making. Monitoring and evaluation is the source of much of this information and one of the ways by which adaptive management is practiced. Communications seeks to influence knowledge, attitude and skills in support of behavioral change.
In practice we have learned that the complementarity existing between the three areas is huge while conceptual differences between them are less important than we thought. Functionally, we treat information management and communications as one area because many communication channels manage information and vice versa.
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