Monday, February 26, 2007

Calling all NHS Connecting for Health Project Managers

An opportunity for NHS Connecting for Health Project Managers to share experiences and learn from others...

Join the Project Managers Knowledge Cooperative
I am looking for Project Managers working with CFH to take part in a MEd research project to assess the value of blogging as a tool for learning, development and knowledge sharing.

The project will run from March to June/July 2007. Participants will be required to participate in a collaborative blog and take part in the review process on completion of the project.

The Project Managers Knowledge Cooperative
The research is designed to assess the value of blogging for Project Managers learning and development. To understand how blogs would be utilised in a real situation, limited guidelines on blogging content or structure will be provided to participants.

Participants will be provided with a secure log on to access and contribute to the blog, details of the functionality and “how to” guide to posting and commenting. From then, Project Managers are free to post, comment or to read posts as they see fit. The only requirement is that posts do not include any comments of a derogatory nature or anything that could be considered damaging to others.

It is hoped that a collaborative blog will enable Project Managers to learn from one another about all elements of project management, from how to solve a problem, to dealing with suppliers, to chairing project board meetings. However the content of posts is open to Project Managers to decide.

Potential Benefits
Project Managers talking part have the opportunity to share their own knowledge and experience, aiding other Project Managers to

  • avoid problems or issues
  • improve a process etc
    use colleagues as a sounding board for ideas
  • ask for help or advice on resolving problems
  • share “war stories” and “success stories”
  • build a network of Project Managers

Evaluation Process
The frequency, content and style of blogging activities will be reviewed by the researcher. A selection of participants will be interviewed, the outcome of which will influence the development of a questionnaire which all participants will be required to answer.

Anonymity and confidentiality
All participants will be anonymous when blogging, by using only their username. They should not divulge personal data making them identifiable to other bloggers during the project. The researcher will be aware of the names of those involved in the project, but will not be able to connect usernames to real names. Confidentiality is ensured in terms of interviews and other face to face data collection activities. Questionnaires will also be anonymous and administered online.

Dissemination of Results
Interpretation of data will be published within my MEd Dissertation. The results and conclusion section will be made available to all participants, with the full dissertation available on request. Results will also be made available to NHS Connecting for Health and the wider NHS to ensure there is awareness of the impact of blogging on learning, development and knowledge management as demonstrated by this sample of Project Managers.

If you would like to take part in the project, please complete the form at!Blogging

If you have any questions, please contact:
Helen Nicol
MEd Training and Development Student
Visioning and Readiness Programme Manager for NHS CFH

Thanks to Rod for signposting this blog....


  • This is an interesting area of finding applications of Web 2.0 tools. I have done extensive literature survey on Blog As A Teaching Tool

    Knowledge sharing has always been a fruitful exercise. My most favorite quote is: "The wise learn from their own experiences but the truly intelligent will learn from someone else's!" - Benjamin Franklin.
    More quotes at my or in my book: A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations

    By Blogger Mohamed Taher, at 3:08 am  

  • Thanks Mohamed, very useful comment - there seems to be a huge amount of interest in blogging as an educational tool, not so much about knowledge management.
    And always good to find relevant quotations...

    By Blogger Mysticmog, at 12:09 pm  

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

    By Blogger Mohamed Taher, at 3:46 am  

  • Strange!!!
    Twice I posted the LIS quotation's blog link, and each time that link disappears.
    I wish to resolve the mystery. And, here is the link:

    By Blogger Mohamed Taher, at 5:42 am  

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