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Knowledge is Connections - Networking and Knowledge Management in the European Policy Network on School Leadership

Presentation at the BELMAS 2014 Conference - 12 July 2014

Nora Revai

on 3 November 2014

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Transcript of Knowledge is Connections - Networking and Knowledge Management in the European Policy Network on School Leadership

Knowledge Management
Knowledge Management
Education Systems
Complex Systems
"The European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL)...
...aims at improving school leadership in Europe
...through a
collaborative network

...in which members
co-construct, manage and share knowledge

intended to inform policy in the area of school leadership."
What does EPNoSL do?
...for your attention
Research Knowledge Management
knowledge is embedded in social environments
Setting the scene
Knowledge is Connections
Networking and Knowledge Management in the European Policy Network on School Leadership
Knowledge Management Spaces and Activities
Bagley, C., Ward, S. C., 2013: Policy Response: A Critical Engagement. EPNoSL VIP keynote paper:

Best, A., Holmes, B., 2010:Systems thinking, knowledge and action: towards better models and methods, Evidence and Policy, 6(2), 145-159.

Borgatti, S.P., Mehra, A., Brass, D.J. & Labianca, G. (2009). Network Analysis in the Social Science. Science, Vol. 323 (5916), 892-895.

Fazekas, M. and Burns, T., 2012: “Exploring the Complex Interaction Between Governance and Knowledge in Education”, OECD Education Working Papers, No. 67, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5k9flcx2l340-en

Levin, B., 2011: Mobilising research knowledge in education, London Review of Education, Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2011, 15-26.

Révai, N., Erculj, J., Horváth, A., Lukács, L., Szegedi, E., 2014: Knowledge is Connections – Reflections on knowledge management activities in EPNoSL. Project report: http://www.schoolleadership.eu/sites/default/files/epnosl-d3.1-knowledge-is-connections_0.pdf

Challenges of KM in EPNoSL
Making an impact?
On what? Policy? Practice? Research?
What level? EU? National? Local?
How can that influence/impact be measured?
Does it have an influence?
Knowledge Management and
Policy Networks
The European Policy Network on School Leadership
Challenges for a Policy Network
adapted from Levin, 2011
need for translating and making it meaningful in another
policy maker
knowledge broker
How can research, policy and practice mutually inform and influence one another?
Who are the actors that play a role?
What are the channels and spaces of KM?
Knowledge Dynamics
Knowledge Translation
Knowledge to Action
Knowledge Sharing
need for researchers, practitioners and decision-makers to collaborate, co-produce knowledge
(Burns, Fazekas, 2012)
(Van de Ven, 2007 in: Best, Holmes, 2010)
How to "manage" knowledge effectively?
How to measure the impact of KM activities?
international policy networks
are seen as knowledge governance instruments
(Burns, Fazekas, 2012; Bagley, Ward, 2013; Revai et al., 2014)
Tempus Public Foundation,
Knowledge Centre
Knowledge Management spaces in EPNoSL
EPNoSL VIP - the VIrtual Platform
Networks are Sexy
Activities in 2013:
6 webinars and
5 online forum discussions
Participation statistics
Micro level
e.g. density
e.g. actors
What does SNA tell us?
helps understanding social processes such as
knowledge transfer,
information sharing, or
power relations)
National networks in EPNoSL
How to make it work?
mutual trust between the members
members should be motivated
common language and sustainable communication channels
continuous knowledge sharing
resources must be allocated in a sustainable way
Policy - Research - Practice
Who does what?
Creators - Contributors - Lurkers
A world closed in projects
tight time frames
separate work packages
What is expected?
What is possible?
What is meaningful (for each partner)?
Project Bermuda triangle
Selected References
Nóra Révai
Tempus Public Foundation

Average number of webinar participants:
Average number of visitors of forum discussions:
Number of unique visitors of the VIP page:
more than 2100

What does social network analysis study?
Macro level
Meso level
e.g. reciprocity
Who is "powerful"?
Who are the brokerage actors?
How does this relate to KM?
How dense the network is?
What are the clusters?
Are relations reciprocal?

are "artificial" project networks, but
build on existing (natural) networks

contextualise: build on context-specific needs

example for approaches:
push approach
pull approach
Perspectives to understand KM better
N = 21
N = 1319
N = 74
N = 175
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