More than one year after Knowledge SUCCESS launched FP insight—a knowledge exchange platform that is helping family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) professionals find, share, and organize resources for their work—the platform has grown to over 900 members, 2,000 cross-cutting FP/RH resources, and a wide range of new features. Leading up to the platform’s one-year anniversary, we surveyed users to hear what Year Two of FP insight should look like. As a new year begins, take a look back at the top four features added in 2022, and learn how you can vote on your favorite set of new features for 2023 on FP insight’s New Features Roadmap!
Though a new year is upon us already, at FP insight we’re still riding high and reflecting on all of the exciting moments that 2022 brought to the platform. From onboarding an additional 400+ users, to partnering with the IBP Network to curate over 15 new collections for ICFP’s Implementation Track, 2022 was a year filled with knowledge sharing, growth, and invaluable community connections.
In mid-2022, we surveyed the FP insight community to get a clearer picture of what users want to see as the platform grows and evolves. We asked users to rank their preferences for seven new FP insight features—with a promise to launch the top requested feature later that year. Within the community responses, users highlighted a broad preference for updates that focused on resource curation and organization.
With 2022 behind us, we’re excited to share that not only did FP insight deliver on users’ top requested feature, but in fact, went one step further by publishing the FP insight New Features Roadmap, which highlights over 30 great features— 12 of which were launched in 2022! The new features help users better organize resources, collaborate with colleagues, and improve platform usability.
And the best part?
The Roadmap is interactive and wants *your* input!
There’s a lot to explore on the FP insight Roadmap, but today we want to highlight four of the most exciting new features we think you’ll love!
1. Browse All FP insight Collections
Through the Trending, For You, and Following FP insight newsfeeds, you can stay up-to-date on the most popular FP/RH resources on the platform, follow what your colleagues are sharing and saving, and find resource recommendations tailored directly to your FP/RH interests. But if you’ve ever wished that you could browse the entire FP insight collection of resources in one place (over 450 collections in total)—now you can!
The ability to browse all FP insight collections was the #1 user-requested feature, and we launched it in summer 2022. You can easily access this feature through the FP insight “Quick Links” drop-down menu in the header—even if you’re not signed in or don’t yet have an account. Just select the “Browse All Collections” option, which will take you to a new landing page where you can scroll through the hundreds of collections on FP insight, with the most recently updated collections at the top of the list.
With easier access to FP insight’s Collections all in one place, your search for resources just got a few steps faster!
2. Organize Your Collection with Sections
The second most highly requested feature was the ability for users to add sub-folders within their own FP insight collections to better organize their resources. We call these sub-folders “Sections.”
As an FP insight user, you can organize your collections into Sections by topic, country, language, material type, or any other category you desire—the possibilities are endless! As an example, check out my “Advancing Equity Across FP/RH Programs” Collection, where you can find the Posts organized into three different sections by resource type: “Webinar Recordings,” “Research Articles,” and “Reports.” This helps me focus more quickly on a sub-topic of interest when I’m looking back for a specific resource that I’ve saved.
To get started with this feature, you’ll find an “Add a Section” button in every collection you create. Click the button, follow the prompts, and organize away! If you need more help, check out our Help Desk for step-by-step instructions and tips.
3. Share FP insight Resources via WhatsApp
In the age of smartphones and social media, we know that information sharing is happening in many different ways—via email, webinars, Facebook, LinkedIn—and, of course, WhatsApp! With more than two billion users around the world, WhatsApp is yet another great way for FP/RH professionals to communicate with colleagues, share resources, and even facilitate virtual discussion spaces for communities of practice and working groups. To meet users’ diverse communication needs, we added WhatsApp to the list of social media platforms that FP insight users can share posts and collections to!
To take advantage of this feature (whether you have an FP insight account or not), follow these two simple steps:
1) Click on the three dots in the top right corner of any FP insight Post or Collection that you wish to share, and select “Share this Post” or “Share this Collection.” (If you’re not logged into FP insight, make sure you scroll down the homepage to see the Trending Posts and Collections.)
2) Select WhatsApp (or any other social network that you want), and share away!
Don’t forget to encourage your colleagues on WhatsApp to join you on FP insight by signing up for an account at www.fpinsight.org!
4. Invite Colleagues Without an FP insight Account to Collaborate
Did you know that you can collaborate with other FP insight users on a collection, meaning you can all add Posts to a Collection and build your knowledge base together? For example, several of my Knowledge SUCCESS colleagues are collaborating on a Collection of resources on Equitable Knowledge Management. In one space, you can see all the resources that Lata Narayanaswamy, Reana Thomas, and Ruwaida Salem use in their work to make sense of what equity in knowledge management means, why it matters, and how to do it.
You can create collaborative collections with your colleagues too! Want to collaborate with a colleague who doesn’t have an FP insight account yet? Don’t fret: We have just the solution for you! Onboarding a colleague to a new platform can feel time-consuming, which is why our new “Invite” feature is here to help give you some time back in your busy day.
To add a collaborator to your FP insight collection, navigate to the “Edit Collection” button, and once on the Edit screen, search for your colleague’s name or email and select the yellow “Search” button. If a colleague doesn’t show up (because they’re not yet on FP insight), a new yellow “Invite” button will appear. Follow the prompts, or check out our Help Desk article for more details.
Don’t forget to check out the FP insight New Features Roadmap to learn more about these and other new features. We hope that 2023 will be an expansive year of FP/RH knowledge discovery and curation for you and your colleagues! As you journey into the new year, make sure your voice is heard by voting (it will take <1 minute!) on FP insight’s next round of new features focused on improving the user experience, making it easier to find and organize resources, and promoting collaboration and sharing. And be sure to set regular reminders to come share your new FP/RH learnings with us on FP insight.
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you soon on FP insight!