Exercises

Exercise: Visual Content

In this activity, facilitators will ask participants to work through a creative brief for developing visual content. The purpose of the exercise is to outline the important aspects for participants to consider if/when they begin a process to create visual content—for example, the intended audience, the call to action, and key messages.

Exercise:
 “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” Content Adaptation

In this hands-on activity session, facilitators will take participants through a series of key steps from K4Health’s guide, Making Content Meaningful, engaging in “choose-your-own-adventure” scenarios to design and deliver content. By the end of the activity, participants will learn how to adapt content—without having to develop it from scratch—to better serve their beneficiaries and communities. Exercise worksheet and notes for material preparation are included.

Exercise: Creative Solutions to Storytelling Challenges

This small-group-discussion exercise can be completed either at the end of the Storytelling module or partway through it (after the interview and photography slides have been covered.) Participants break into small groups to discuss several challenging but common real-life scenarios that storytellers encounter and to collaboratively develop practical, actionable solutions to these challenges.

Exercise: Practice for After-Action Reviews

This small-group-discussion exercise can be completed at the end of the AAR module. The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants an opportunity to think through the kinds of questions addressed by AARs and to apply the practice to an event or situation participants have experienced. Participants respond to several questions individually and then share their responses, reflections, and experiences in small groups.

Exercise:
 Net-Map: Exploring Common Network Patterns

This hourlong exercise provides participants with an understanding of the value of Net-Map through the examination of 10 common network patterns. These patterns help participants discuss connections between actors and explore how these connections can help or hinder knowledge sharing. It is adapted from a similar exercise developed by the inventor of Net-Map, Eva Schiffer.

Exercise: Synthesizing Quantitative Data

Program or activity evaluations may draw on quantitative and/or qualitative data. Quantitative data measure phenomena in numerical form, providing essential information for measuring results, while qualitative data that describe phenomena in a non-numerical way can provide a more nuanced understanding of the results. The two types of data can thus provide complementary information to guide improvements. This exercise provides participants with an opportunity to work with a small dataset of quantitative data and brainstorm how best to present that data.

Exercise: Selecting Indicators to Monitor KM Tools and Techniques

The purpose of this exercise is to help participants think through selecting meaningful indicators to measure KM Tools and Techniques. The objectives are:

Icebreaker: KM Typologies

Icebreakers are a common way to kick off training events or meetings, especially when not all participants know each other. They are a fun way for participants to get to know one another and to foster team building. This particular icebreaker based on knowledge management (KM) typologies was developed to raise awareness of KM as a valuable discipline by making the work of KM more accessible and personal. It is also meant to highlight the KM work that many people are already engaged in on an as-needed basis and showcase KM’s interdisciplinary nature.

Exercise: Needs Assessment Questions and Methods

This activity allows participants to analyze the current knowledge sharing and management situation that their key audience is facing, discuss what they already know about the situation versus what they do not know, and specify appropriate methods to collect new information required to design effective knowledge management activities to improve the situation.

Exercise: Card Sorting for Organizing Resources

In this exercise, participants are asked to imagine they work for a family planning project that has produced a wide variety of publications on family planning programs and services. All the publications live on the project’s shared drive in a single folder. The participants have been tasked with organizing the information and making it available on the project’s SharePoint site. After talking with subject matter experts within the project, a list of concepts has been developed (see list of concepts in Step 1) that reflects the topics of the publications.

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