KM for Global Health: Recommended Readings and Social Networks

This is a list of recommended readings (and multimedia presentations) related to knowledge management for global health programs. Also included is a short list of top social networks that interested health professionals can join to keep updated on the latest developments in knowledge management and connect with like-minded peers and experts. A downloadable version of this resource in Microsoft Word is available at the bottom of the page.

Recommended Readings and Multimedia Presentations

Berwick DM. Disseminating innovations in health care. JAMA. 2003;289(15):1969–1975.

Burns S. Creating Technical Assistance Libraries to Capture Tacit Knowledge. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; [2015]. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Campbell N, Schiffer E, Buxbaum A, Mclean E, Perry C, Sullivan TM. Taking knowledge for health the extra mile: participatory evaluation of a mobile phone intervention for community health workers in Malawi. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2014;2(1):23–34.

Collison C, Parcell G. Learning to Fly: Practical Knowledge Management From Leading and Learning Organizations. 2nd ed. Capstone; 2004.

Corcoran C. The New Partners Initiative Timesheet Module: E-Learning to Support Knowledge Management. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; [2012]. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Doemeland D, Trevino J. Which World Bank reports are widely read? Policy research working paper WPS 6851. The World Bank; 2014. Accessed July 9, 2021.

Ferguson J, Huysman M, Soekijad M. Knowledge management in practice: pitfalls and potentials for development. World Development. 2010;38(12):1797–1810.

Frost A. Knowledge management failure factors. Knowledge Management Tools. 2014. Accessed July 9, 2021.

Gawande A. Slow ideas. The New Yorker. July 29, 2013. Accessed July 9, 2021.

Harlan SV. Supporting Communities to Encourage South-to-South Knowledge Sharing and Product Improvement. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; [2014]. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Harlan SV. Using an Online Community of Practice to Encourage Peer Learning and Knowledge Exchange Among Health Professionals in Diverse Settings. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; [2013]. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Harlan SV, Sullivan TM, Hailegiorgis SE. Mapping networks to improve knowledge exchange among family planning and reproductive health organizations in Ethiopia. KM for Dev J. 2013;9(2):140–161. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Lee C. Health Care Providers Gain Access to Up-to-Date Guidelines. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; [2012?]. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project. K4Health Guide to Conducting Health Information Needs Assessments. K4Health Project, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs; 2013. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project. Knowledge Management: Strengthening Health Services, Saving Lives: A K4Health Animation. K4Health Project; 2015. Accessed July 9, 2021.

Knowledge SUCCESS Project. How knowledge management improves global health. Knowledge SUCCESS website. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Kols AJ. Managing Knowledge to Improve Reproductive Health Programs. MAQ Paper No. 5. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs; 2004. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Kumar S, Leonard A, Watkins R, Vovides Y, Kerby B. The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners. 2nd ed. World Bank; 2012. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Kyeyagalire R. Applying KM Techniques to Promote Learning: The Uganda National Quality Improvement Conference. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; 2012. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Lambe P. The unacknowledged parentage of knowledge management. J Knowledge Management. 2011;15(2):175-97.

McLean L. Using Knowledge Management to Improve the Performance of Global Fund Recipients: The Grants Management Solutions Project. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; 2012. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Milton N. Knowledge Management for Teams and Projects. Chandos Publishing; 2005.

Pakenham-Walsh N, Bukachi F. Information needs of health care workers in developing countries: a literature review with a focus on Africa. Hum Resour Health. 2009;7:30.

Ohkubo S, Sullivan TM, Harlan SV, Timmons BK, Strachan M. Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs. Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; 2014. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Ramalingam B. Tools for Knowledge and Learning: A Guide for Development and Humanitarian Organisations. Overseas Development Institute; 2006. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Skolnik L. Applying KM Lessons Learned From an Online Discussion Forum. Knowledge Management Case Study. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative; 2013. Accessed August 12, 2021.

Sullivan TM, Limaye RJ, Mitchell V, D'Adamo M, Baquet Z. Leveraging the power of knowledge management to transform global health and development. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015;3(2):150-162.

Sullivan TM, Ohkubo S, Rinehart W, Storey JD. From research to policy and practice: a logic model to measure the impact of knowledge management for health programs. Knowledge Management for Deve J. 2010;6(1):53-69.

Top Knowledge Management for Global Health Social Networks

To continue your knowledge management for global health journey, join these communities and interact with their members. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the field and grow your knowledge with peers and experts alike.

1. Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) is an online and face-to-face community of practice of KM professionals. Communities of practice are an excellent way to maintain sustained conversation around mutual topics of interest. To learn more, you can take an e-learning course on the uses, benefits, and challenges with building and nurturing communities of practice or join the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative to see firsthand how they operate.

2. Learning Lab is USAID's platform for generating and sharing information, tools, and resources on how development practitioners can work together to integrate learning throughout USAID's Program Cycle. Here, USAID staff and partners jointly create, share, refine, and apply practical approaches to more effectively ground programs in evidence and quickly adapt based on new learning and changing contexts. Newsletter and Community of Practice with more than 8,500 members.

3. Springboard is an online community of social and behavior change (SBC) professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Members seek access to experts, the latest theories and tools  and the most stimulating discussions and educational opportunities, in order to advance their own knowledge and skills. 

4. Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) is a campaign and knowledge network working together towards a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible. Network with nearly 20,000 members, interacting on five forums in three languages.

5. Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches. Listserv, Community of Practice, and Journal with more than 5,700 members, established in 2000.

6. Knowledge Brokers’ Forum (KBF) is a collaborative space established in 2011 to share information on knowledge brokering and the role of intermediaries in international development and to foster a global community of peers from a diversity of sectors and practices.