Share-Net International aims to share existing knowledge, generate new knowledge to address prioritized research gaps, and translate knowledge into formats appropriate for intended audiences so as to contribute to the development of better policy and practice.
The Platform’s focus is on strengthening the role knowledge can play in developing evidence-based policies and practices and ensuring that resources are used strategically and to maximum effect, among others in relation to the four core areas of Dutch policy on SRHR:
- Better information and greater freedom of choice for young people about their sexuality
- Improved access to reproductive health commodities
- Better sexual and reproductive health care (during pregnancy and childbirth, including safe abortion)
- Greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of groups who are currently denied these rights.
Five year strategic plan
The five-year strategic plan describes our vision, mission, core values, (strategic and operational) objectives, and defines the most appropriate business model of Share-Net International. Find out more information on our 5-year strategic plan here: Five-year strategic plan Share-Net International
Theory of change (ToC)
The Theory of Change of Share-Net International shows how the Knowledge Platform on SRHR aims to achieve impact and outcomes across the 4 pathways of Knowledge Management. Additionally, it shows the importance of developing the network itself through communities of practice. The assumptions in the Theory of Change (ToC) provide insight into the underlying thinking and logic. See the ToC visual below for information at a glance on how our activities, pathways, and outcomes are meant to lead to impact. Theory of Change_Share-Net International
What we do
In each priority country, a needs assessment and mapping exercise took place to identify the key SRHR themes on which to focus the work of the Knowledge platform. This exercise also guided the selection of the organisations to host each country hub. Research priorities were then identified and developed and calls made through NWO/WOTRO. The node in each country is supported by Share-Net International to ensure these messages and improvements are communicated effectively to policymakers, providers of services, and other stakeholders.
The central website (www.share-netinternational.org
) is the focus of the online community. Registered users of Share-Net International are able to link directly to each other through the online platform of Share-Net International in terms of country, areas of interest, and expertise. The online community engages with the themes, posting and discussing relevant research, sharing experiences, and advising on messages and improvements for policy and practice.
Meetings, discussions, (de)-briefings
Share-Net organises a diverse range of meetings. For example, large thematic meetings which occur 4 times a year, based on one of the core themes, attract around 60-80 people. But also smaller ones to discuss a certain topic, have interesting presentations or give (de)-briefings of global happenings. Meetings are also organized when new research or report comes out.
Furthermore, we coordinate with other activities planned or initiated by members in the Netherlands. Also, we will monitor and attend relevant international conferences and discussion forums and report back to the members by debriefing meetings and/or reports which will be published on the website.
Communities of Practice
In 2018, Share-Net International developed the Concept Paper on the Communities of Practice. Knowledge management and the development of a Knowledge Platform and SRHR community has been integral to the development and impact of SNI since its foundation and SNI will build on this. In the Strategic Plan, the systematic development of national, sustainable, and empowered Communities of Practice (CoP) on SRHR is a key outcome to maximise the impact of SNI and achieve its goal of making evidence work to improve SRHR.
Share-Net International Rapid Improvement Model
In 2017, an external evaluation of SNI identified that knowledge exchange between the four country hubs was limited and suggested that SNI should actively facilitate this exchange. SNI country hubs supported this idea and indicated a particular interest in focusing on translating knowledge into products for use in changing policy and practice. In light of these developments, the Share-Net International Rapid Improvement Model (SHIRIM) was established in 2017.
SHIRIM aims to:
- Improve understanding of which knowledge translation strategies contribute to change in SRHR policy or practice in the specific context of each Share-Net country hub.
- Develop the capacity of the participating staff in the hubs for knowledge management and brokering.
- Facilitate learning, collaboration and exchange between the four country hubs.
SHIRIM was built on a method called the Collaborative Approach. It was used previously for improving specific health care practices and reducing costs in specific countries. SHIRIM for the first time for knowledge management purposes across different country contexts.
How does the SHIRIM work in practice?
SHIRIM is implemented as a short-term learning system of 15 months during which the country hubs can develop and try out new strategies and interventions to translate knowledge into products for use in changing policy and practice. The country hubs each selected a theme for breakthrough improvement. Share-Net Bangladesh and Share-Net Jordan both chose Child Marriage, while Share-Net Burundi chose Teenage Pregnancy. Share-Net Netherlands adopted a slightly different focus by partnering with Rutgers Indonesia to target Child Marriage in Indonesia. A facilitation team that includes knowledge experts and subject matter experts in the specific focus areas assist the representatives in selecting, testing and implementing changes.
The Collaborative Approach alternates between learning sessions and action periods.
- During the first learning session, participants learn how to implement the Collaborative Approach in their own context, and receive updates from subject matter experts. The hubs develop a change package that encompassed strategies for knowledge translation to tackle their chosen issue.
- The country hubs then return to their country and set up local collaboratives with their own stakeholders. They replicate the first learning session and adapt their change package with the input of these stakeholders.
- The strategies for knowledge translation are then implemented during the local action period.
This process continues serially over time and refinement is added with each cycle – these are known as ‘Plan-Do-Study-Act’ cycles of learning.