Knowledge SUCCESS is excited to introduce FP insight, the first tool built by and for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) professionals to discover and curate family planning resources. FP insight grew out of last year’s co-creation workshops as a way to address major knowledge management challenges in the FP/RH field.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
Information is coming at me every day from different sources—newsletters, websites, journal alerts, links in social media, webinars. How do I decide what’s useful, what’s relevant? I know I came across something important about postpartum family planning [or any other family planning topic!] last week or last month, but I can’t find it now. I don’t remember where I saved it or whether it was in a webinar or a report. At the same time, I feel like I keep going back to the same sources, the same partners. I know I’m missing critical information from some lesser-known sources. In summary, I’m so overwhelmed with the wealth of knowledge that’s out there about family planning and reproductive health programs, but I’m not sure I’m accessing the right information to optimize my program.
If that sounds familiar, you are not alone.
The scenario above illustrates the main knowledge management (KM) concern expressed by family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) professionals during four regional co-creation workshops hosted by Knowledge SUCCESS in mid-2020. Similar sentiments were highlighted across all four workshops—in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the United States—indicating this is a consistent KM challenge for FP/RH professionals regardless of location.
Unless you are a new Knowledge SUCCESS visitor, you may already be aware of the co-creation workshops and the important insights and ideas that came out of them. The workshops used a design thinking approach rooted in empathy and behavioral economics to help participants to identify common knowledge management barriers and challenges. These barriers and challenges limit the flow of family planning knowledge between programs, countries, and regions—but identifying them gives us opportunities to transform the way our FP/RH community approaches knowledge management.
Participants at all workshops expressed a desire for an online resource hub: somewhere to find timely resources from different projects and organizations curated in one place, save the ones that are most relevant for their particular context and needs, and easily return to them at any time.
From Prototype to Product: How design thinking helped shape FP insight
One group of participants suggested creating a new tool, inspired by Pinterest and other social media platforms, to provide a personalized space for FP/RH professionals to discover and curate family planning resources they feel are significant, relevant, and timely for their work.
From this idea, we developed the first resource discovery and curation tool for FP/RH professionals—FP insight—and we are excited to announce that the tool is now ready for you to use! The FP insight launch event took place on June 23, 2021, drawing praise and excitement from more than 270 online attendees. (If you missed the event, you may watch the recordings in English or French.)
FP insight provides a personalized experience, serving information that is relevant to your needs and interests within your newsfeeds. It also provides a view into what like-minded professionals are saving related to FP/RH.
Some of the key benefits and features of FP insight include:
The more our FP insight community saves and shares, the more everyone can discover and curate family planning resources that match their context and unique needs. Get started with the fun FP insight Scavenger Hunt and let us know when you have completed it to earn an Explorer Badge on your FP insight profile. Together, we can use this resource discovery and curation tool to contribute to a body of knowledge on FP insight that benefits the whole FP/RH professional community.