Knowledge Management Strategic Area Team

The Family Planning National Training Center (FPNTC) is seeking applications from Title X grantees interested in becoming members of its Knowledge Management Strategic Area Team (KM-SAT).

Ready to apply? Complete the online application for the Knowledge Management Strategic Area Team or review a PDF version before submitting.

Applications are due Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

Overview

The FPNTC, a partnership between JSI Research and Training Center, Inc. (JSI) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), is developing a framework for providing support to the Title X network. The framework is based on the WHO Health Systems Six Building Blocks, which OPA adapted into seven strategic areas of focus for Title X:

  • Financial Sustainability
  • Knowledge Management System
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Health Workforce
  • Health Information Technology / Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Standards and Quality
  • Contraceptives & Medical Supplies 

Knowledge management is the practice of enabling groups to collectively and methodically capture, create, share, and apply knowledge to better achieve their objectives (Girard & Girard, 2015).

The FPNTC intends to establish an online knowledge management system to facilitate the process of creating, sharing, using, and managing FPNTC products and services, including best practices and lessons learned. Knowledge management efforts by the FPNTC will further empower Title X grantees to strengthen and sustain their abilities to deliver high quality family planning services.

KM-SAT Mission

The KM-SAT will drive FPNTC activities in Title X’s knowledge management strategic area. Initially, this group will be instrumental to providing input on the redesign of the FPNTC.org website and FPNTC communication strategies. The group will serve as a sounding board for FPNTC knowledge management strategies and efforts to improve awareness of and engagement with FPNTC-developed materials in the Title X community and beyond.

KM-SAT Functions

Members will contribute to the development of:

  • Definition of the role of grantees in knowledge management;
  • The re-designed www.fpntc.org including a system to support grantees in disseminating training to their networks and tracking participation;
  • Communications strategies to enhance awareness of and engagement with FPNTC training and support;
  • A framework and definition for knowledge management in the context of Title X; 
  • Goals and strategies for grantees in improving knowledge management;
  • Competencies, measures, and training for knowledge management; and
  • Processes to support the implementation of knowledge management improvements, including supporting organizational change within grantee organizations and networks.

KM-SAT Membership

The KM-SAT will be comprised of representatives from Title X grantees, OPA, the FPTNC, the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, and other experts in knowledge management. Grantee members will be selected based on:

  • Leadership in managing knowledge throughout Title X networks (e.g., disseminating training, tracking participation, website maintenance)
  • Willingness to invest the time and necessary resources to participate in KM-SAT meetings (Note: FPNTC will support grantee travel to face-to-face meetings. See Expected Commitment section below)
  • Agency type
  • Geographic representation

Please note that at this time, this opportunity is open only to Title X grantees. Input from sub-recipients and sites will be gathered via grantee members.

Expected Benefits

Members will work with experts in knowledge management to learn emerging and promising practices in knowledge management as well as in the other strategic areas noted above. They will provide input on how best to spread the knowledge management culture (data-based decision making, dissemination of best practices, engaging in communities of practice) in their networks and throughout Title X. In addition, through their participation, they will increase their knowledge of organizational change.

Expected Commitment

Members will serve for a two-year term, with more frequent meetings occurring in the first six months. Specifically, grantee members are expected to attend one face-to-face, two-day meeting in May 2017, and four 2-hour virtual meetings in May, June, July, and August 2017.