In 2016, CAST developed a concept note to set up a knowledge management system aiming at capturing and documenting lessons and best practices on humanitarian WASH coordination and responses and encouraging innovative approaches. In early 2017, a survey, jointly organized with CDC and WHO, was carried out to identify the topic considered as priority in the sector by partners and cluster coordinators.
After having considered the possibility to develop a knowledge management cycle for a set of priority topics to generate knowledge, CAST had to drastically change its approach due to the lack of resources. The knowledge management strategy is now built on 2 pillars:
- Management of knowledge on the outcomes and impacts of WASH in emergency responses with the creation of a database repository (hosted at the GWC website). This new database will have clear criteria for inclusion of documents based on existing and recognized repositories of WASH partners;
- Generation of specific knowledge on coordination outcomes and impacts, firstly looking backward with a literature review and an analysis on how coordination impact is normally evaluated, supported by the development of a theory of change and secondly looking forward with the design of a protocol to assess the outcomes and impacts of coordination in future emergency response.
These two pillars will be carried out in 2018 through a partnership with Tufts University and OFDA.