Virtual KE activity #3: Ensuring platforms’ agility in order to meet evolving user needs

Submitted by Vicky Hayman | published 19th Oct 2020 | last updated 20th Nov 2020
Introducing VKE3 and the need to retain relevance
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Maintaining relevance

11 November 2020, 14.00-17.00 CEST 

In this third installment of virtual knowledge exchange events hosted by the KE4CAP project, discussions will focus on approaches being used and challenges experienced towards retaining relevance in an ever-changing world in terms of technology, data availability, policy requirements and knowledge provision. This includes, for example, establishing processes and mechanisms to tailor and update tools, resources and content in response to constantly evolving policy and practice cycles, and leveraging and linking to other’s work to introduce improvements and innovations that facilitate the interpretation of new data and information.

Users need to be inspired and can be demanding. As such, the content and functionality of any CAP needs to be continuously reviewed and appropriately renewed if it is to meet their requirements as they move from initiating to planning to managing adaptation action. Yet resources available within CAPs are often limited and there remains a tension between the increasing pace of information generation and the need to engage more widely with users, and the ability of platforms to provide content that remains up-to-date and relevant.

By sharing practical experiences and on-going challenges, we hope that this event will help inform and inspire CAP developers and operators as they work on their own platforms. We also see this event as providing openings for participants to engage with each other after the event where there are shared interests.

We are planning four breakout sessions. These session topics overlap to some degree, and all are linked to the issue of available skills and resources which was raised by many in survey responses, but we hope they provide an initial basis for discussion:

  1. Managing the increasing pace of information generation.
  2. Reviewing functionality and content.  
  3. Adapting to meet the increasing diversity of user needs.
  4. Demonstrating the on-going benefits and relevance of platforms to stimulate and sustain interest, use and funding.

We will also have a plenary session to share and explore highlights from all four breakout groups.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Vicky Hayman: vicky.hayman@ouce.ox.ac.uk