The Knowledge Sharing Working Group (KSWG) is a strategic component of the FCF structure with responsibility for co-designing an overarching measurement system with partners that gathers and maintains data on a common set of indicators. It is also meant to be a catalyst for strategic learning, evidence generation, and knowledge sharing. The inaugural meeting was held December 7 until 8, 2016 in Phnom Penh with 21 local and international knowledge experts, including from the Royal Government of Cambodia, and local practitioners.
During the meeting, there were presentations and discussions on the latest situation of child development in Cambodia and how various programs in the Government are responding, suggestions on indicators for gauging the progress of the initiative at three levels: (1) population, (2) systems, and (3) child/family, introductions to a concept known as Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) that involves an iterative process of hypothesis development and testing within projects and programs, and suggestions for next steps.
Guided by the KSWG workshop discussions, the Global Alliance for Children is now working with members and others to prepare the following, which will be used to help frame the next KSWG meeting planned for March 2017:
· A draft Charter for the KSWG
· The latest landscape of child development in Cambodia in English and Khmer, which will be posted on the FCF website.
· A database of existing and desired indicators, and their data sources.
· An analysis of the data gaps (both quantitative and qualitative).
· A draft glossary of commonly used terms for FCF in English and Khmer to standard definitions.
· Policy-briefs on decentralization of social services and its implication on FCF Cambodia, ASEAN experiences on alternative care, and the impact of migration on families and children.
· An information-sharing presentation and follow-up action on how to integrate FCF with the ID-Poor system in Cambodia.
The Knowledge Sharing Working Group is expected to evolved in scope, focus and membership over time to support and inform the Family Care First working groups, stakeholders and the broader community. Please contact Dr. Pak Kimchoeun and Mr. Lork Ratha for specific questions or ideas on how the KSWG can best serve these learning and knowledge sharing needs. firstname.lastname@example.org