Friday, 19 June 2015

KM rights and responsibilities in Oxfam

At the KMUK conference last week there were many interesting presentations, including one from the charity Oxfam. One slide that struck me was their "Rights and responsibilities" charter.

Knowledge management is well developed in the aid and development sector, perhaps because knowledge, in this sector, as a more abundant resource than money. Oxfam have had a knowledge management program for over a decade (see details here) and Knowledge Management is a main item (the first objective of the second strategic goal) in Oxfam's strategic plan.

The rights and responsibilities charter below was presented by Oxfam at KMUK, and struck me as a great way to define the two-way contract between the knowledge worker and the KM system, listing both  "what's in it for me" and "what is expected of me in return".

I like the distinction between "I can" (what's in it for me) and "I must" (what's expected of me)


I can

  • Find other people easily from across Oxfam regardless of role, affiliation or location. 
  • Learn about success and failures of others experience. 
  • Find and Use data about successful program models and results 
  • Find the most highly rated and used guidance materials 
  • Find the most highly rated and use advice available within Oxfam or out 
  • Access the time of others – regardless of role, affiliation or location
  • Info on key trends and research. 


I must

  • Update my profile information- make myself accessible, find-able 
  • Share my program data – design, theory of change, core assumptions and risks 
  • Share my evaluative data-especially MEL data, evaluations and learning on successes and failure 
  • Rate the quality of learning guidance and use 
  • Rate the quality of advice –written, virtual or face to face. 
  • Comply with best practices standards 
  • Work towards the strategic priorities of the Oxfam Strategic Plan.


Kashif Shabir said...

thanks Nick, more then happy to talk to anyone regarding the above or how they are getting along with their own KM work...we are still on a journey and the above was part of a proposal we had put to management as part of the wider KM programme.

Nick Milton said...

Thanks for the offer Kashif, you guys are doing a great job

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