Use of a Virtual Collaboration System to Support Sharing Effective Practices in Reproductive Health
Abstract: The Implementing Best Practices Initiative developed a collaborative knowledge sharing tool designed to improve utilization of evidence-based materials and effective practices in reproductive health. It allows members to create and manage virtual communities, share and edit documents, brainstorm, and conduct meetings. It was designed and vetted collaboratively and functions through email and the web. Its goal is to promote knowledge sharing and encourage country-to-country information exchange. It facilitates access to publications through a global community and provides virtual workspaces for smaller groups to share ideas, experiences, success stories and lessons learned. In 2005 YouthNet and INFO joined to sponsor an online discussion series on adolescent reproductive health through the system. This presentation will review lessons learned, identify critical roles necessary to support a virtual forum and activities needed to plan, promote, launch, sustain and evaluate the series.
Presider: KayDee Caywood, National University