Building an Evidence Informed Culture
I have already written about the perils of the mantra "data-driven." I've argued that we need to ask the right questions and understand the context before we can turn data into information and then knowledge.
Building an evidence and knowledge-informed culture involves several vital commitments:
1. Placing emphasis on learning and continuous improvement: Encourage employees to continuously acquire new knowledge, skills, and abilities. Provide opportunities for learning, such as training programs and mentoring.
2. Sharing knowledge and best practices: Encourage employees to share their knowledge and best practices with their colleagues. Create a platform for knowledge sharing, such as a knowledge management system or a community of practice.
3. Leveraging technology: Use technology to support knowledge management, such as a cloud-based platform for storing and sharing documents, videos, and other information.
4. Recognizing and rewarding knowledge sharing: Reward employees for sharing their knowledge and for contributing to the knowledge of the organization.
5. A commitment to continuous evaluation and improvement: Evaluate continuously the effectiveness of the knowledge management practices and make adjustments as needed.
It is a case of the fastest (not biggest) devouring the slowest (not smallest).