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SEEP’s approach to knowledge mobilization consists of 4 critical components:
- Identify the most pressing industry needs through support and facilitation of communities of practice and the formation of shared learning agendas.
- Create highly valuable learning process and products derived from the experiential learning and evidence of field-based practitioners.
- Disseminate to SEEP’s global membership and the broader industry utilizing innovative platforms and systems of learning and engagement.
- Evaluate existing products and processes to ensure new knowledge results in improved practices, changed behavior and scalable impacts.
With 121 members, our sustainable connections to the field have allowed SEEP to develop and employ a local-to-global-to-local knowledge mobilization strategy, raising the profile of innovators while facilitating dialogue across organizations, sectors and regions. Ongoing access to experts, technical content, and locally driven learning agendas ensures relevance and promotes closer collaboration. Since 2001, SEEP has managed over 25 distinct learning networks on topics ranging from housing microfinance, youth economic strengthening, to minimum economic recovery standards. Illustrative examples include:
- Innovations in Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program (2009-2012)
- Savings-Led Working Group [SLWG] (2007- present)
- Market Facilitation Initiative - [MaFi] (2010- present)
SEEP learning initiatives have resulted in the development of over 60 well-recognized knowledge resources in the last 5 years. To ensure relevance, these products are derived through highly effective collaborative processes involving the target audience throughout the development cycle. Knowledge is consolidated through a variety of collaborative learning approaches including working groups, practitioner learning programs, peer exchanges, e-consultations, wikis, and case study competitions. SEEP conceptualizes and designs its learning products for maximum usability. Experimentation continues with an increased array of design formats including online tools, simulations, video blogs, podcasts, e-learning technologies, as well as more traditional guides and training curricula.
Illustrative examples include
- Economic Strengthening for Vulnerable Population wiki [www.es4vp.org] (August 2013)
- Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (October 2010; Second Edition)
- Understanding Youth and their Financial Needs (2013)
We are experienced in the development of web-based platforms. SEEP’s own website, upgraded in 2011 with new learning and knowledge applications, won a highly competitive 2012 Communicator Award. The SEEP team continues to focus on incorporating new communication technologies to support live streaming of online events, webinars, improved library search functions, and the application of interactive mapping. SEEP currently manages resource libraries of approximately 500 resources curated directly from membership and the broader development industry. SEEP is experienced in connecting people in social networks utilizing its own platforms and existing networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media. SEEP’s successful website development has spawned replication. SEEP has recently been contracted by USAID to design and develop the Child and Youth Economic Strengthening Learning Network, an online platform for sharing resource on the topic of economic strengthening (ES) programming to benefit vulnerable children and youth.
For more information about SEEP's Knowledge Mobilization services, please contact Alison Yost.