Knowledge Network Guidelines

Adopted by Board July 21, 2011

Knowledge Network Definition: Resources and learning experiences shared among a network of non-profit organizations and colleagues who aim for continuous learning and building of expertise to improve outcomes and increase impact.

Scope

• Build a knowledge management system that allows SCANPO to help nonprofits: 1) find information, 2) acquire knowledge and 3) develop expertise.
• Build capacity of individual contributors and the collective team to serve the interest of member organizations and the nonprofit sector.
• Promote organizational self-assessments to encourage nonprofits to pursue self-directed learning.
• Knowledge Network resources will be provided as member benefits and services to the sector, not as a profit center.

Knowledge Network Partnerships

• Only work collaboratively.
• Pursue partnerships with united ways, community foundations, chambers of commerce, private foundations, academic institutions, and statewide affiliates to provide resources for the benefit of their grantees and members.
• Collaborate with the best and brightest consultants and business partners, within SC and nationally, and help advance their capacity to serve SCANPO members.

Design Consideration

• SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices will be used for curriculum development and to determine organizational and individual competencies to be derived from Knowledge Network offerings.
• Base on regional needs determined in conjunction with regional partners.
• Provide resources that address for all stages of nonprofit development.
• Address volunteer board member needs, as well as staff needs, especially emerging leaders.
• Promote active participation and “take aways.”
• Encourage peer-to-peer learning.
• Provide “cutting edge” resources.
• Always evaluate offers to inform development of the Knowledge Network and SCANPO’s overall services.

Knowledge Network Components

• Best-practice professional development strategies based upon desired learning objectives (annual conference, regional trainings, e-learning).
• Web-based resource libraries
• Downloadable resources / tools
• Learning community platforms – social networks
• Customized training (that organizations may purchase)
• Research and publications
• Assessment tools
• Resources for partners to use