Food Security and Nutrition Network

Knowledge Management Task Force Meetings Archive

The Knowledge Management Task Force holds meetings and events throughout the year that focus on knowledge sharing for improved implementation of food security and nutrition programs. These events are hosted with the goal of identifying and exploring promising practices to capture and disseminate program learning, as well as tools that can support better networking and knowledge sharing.

Below is a list of all KM Task Force meetings and events.


  • June 29, 2017: Led by Yemisi Songo-Williams, Knowledge Management Specialist of The TOPS Program, Emily Janoch, Director of Knowledge Management  and Learning at CARE, and Emily Holmes, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at Samaritan's Purse, the Task Force looked at a draft of the KM and M&E Collaboration Infographic and Guidance Document on Proposed Colalboration Activites Across the Program Cycle. 

  • April 26, 2017: The Task Force heard from Yemisi Songo-Williams, Knowledge Management Specialist, and Adrienne Todela, Knowledge Management Officer, both of The TOPS Program, and their experience at the KM4Dev Community of Practice Workshop in Seattle, Washington earlier in the month. Emily Janoch, Deputy Director of Knowledge Management and Learning at CARE, followed with a presentation on the Kore Lavi Market Study.

  • February 9, 2017: Led by presentations from April Thompson, Knowledge Management Portfolio Manager at KDAD, and Vidhya Sriram, Director for Proposal Development at CARE USA, the Task Force hosted an honest and open dialogue on failure. The group discussed various approaches each orgnaization has used to learn from failure and improve results.


  • November 10, 2016: The Task Force met to reflect on the 2016 summer series on online engagement, the 2016 TOPS/FSN Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting, and to present two KM tools for recommendation.  
  • June 9, 2016: Meaghan MurphyKnowledge Management Advisor and Mira Ibrisimovic,Independent Consultant, took us through the process of conducting a KM assessment and developing an accompanying KM plan for the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project. They also shared key findings as well as lessons learned along the way.
  • April 28, 2016: Shelia Jackson (TOPS Senior KM Specialist and KMTF Chair) and Laurie Starr (TOPS Senior M&E Specialist and M&E TF Chair) led attendees through some exercises to identify how both technical sectors could begin to collaborate effectively, and what individual action steps members could take to move this process forward. 

  • March 10, 2016: Aina Irbe, Senior Director of Learning Technologies at ACDI/VOCA, presented on some of the challenges faced by adult learners today and shared some practical tips for engaging them.

  • January 14, 2016: Sarah Schmidt, Deputy Chief of Party at USAID LEARN, and Joan Whelan, Senior Policy and Program Coordination Officer at USAID Office of Food for Peace, spoke about USAID and FFP approaches to organizational learning and knowledge management.


  • December 10, 2015: Task Force members discussed Lynette Friedman's “Participatory Facilitation Techniques Workshop Curriculum” for recommendation, and reviewed the KM Mapping Survey Results.
  • November 12, 2015:  The Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management Task Forces conducted a joint meeting discussing collaboration and more.
  • September 10, 2015: Arno Boersma of the World Bank Group discussed the successes, challenges and overall process of producing a learner-centric design for a knowledge sharing event.
  • August 5, 2015: The third of the 3-session facilitation series. Participants of this experiential learning event learned tips and best practices for ensuring a positive experience for both in-person and online participants.
  • July 20, 2015 and August 17, 2015: The second of the 3-session facilitation series. Participants of this interactive workshop built a skill based in facilitating a community of practice, working group, task force or project team.
  • June 18, 2015: The first of the 3-session facilitation series. Patrick Coonan of the CORE Group hosted a one-hour workshop that walked participants through some participatory activities for facilitating virtual meetings.
  • May 20, 2015: Presentation of "How to Hold a Successful Share Fair" and discussion on developing core competencies for KM practitioners in international development.
  • April 21, 2015: Sarah Crass of World Vision International presented on the development of knowledge management, especially with the creation of Communities of Practice (COPs), in the non-profit organization.
  • February 24, 2015: The KM Task Force brainstormed what it can work on in 2015. The discussion revolved around how to better collaborate to reach different audiences without oversaturating, and how to better share resources to communities across projects.
  • January 26, 2015: The KM Task Force discussed what the concept of “a culture of knowledge management” means, what the outcome looks like, and how it is distinct from other concepts – like the “learning organization."


  • October 29, 2014: Lynette Friedman, author of "Designing Participatory Meetings and Brownbags," gave an overview of the tool, in consideration for endorsement from the KM Task Force.

  • September 22, 2014: Aaron Buchsbaum of SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally) presented on how to build a KM culture at an organization.

  • August 5, 2014Sarah Harlan of K4Health presented an overview of the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC). The Task Force also discussed a new KM interest group, and a resource endorsement.

  • June 11, 2014: As it is Year 4, members revisited the Task Force's vision statement, goals and objectives, and activities, and discussed modifications to these areas to create a revitalized and dynamic group.


  • April 9, 2013: The KM Task Force met for its regular group meeting.

  • February 1, 2013: The KM Task Force discussed the knowledge management aspects of Tufts University's "Uses of Data" Title II Review.


  • December 7, 2012: At this meeting, members set goals for what the Task Force will create, develop, and conduct for the year. Key goals included: developing a guidance for "deep dive" case studies; developing a target list of information products desired from FFP; and compiling promising practices on knowledge sharing activities.