What are the K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Who developed this toolkit?

Who are the publishers of the resources?

What types of resources are included?

Who are the intended audiences?

How do I get started using this toolkit?

What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist those working in international health and development who are interested in learning more about knowledge management (KM) and accessing tools and best practices for conducting KM. The toolkit is structured to answer some basic questions, such as: What is KM? Why is it important? How do you do KM? How do you measure it? And, where do you go for more resources?

This toolkit provides practical resources for KM solutions that either come from the field of international public health and development or are applicable to the field and can be adapted. We update the toolkit with new tools as they become available. Stay tuned!

Who developed this toolkit?

This toolkit is was created by members of the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative. Logos of a number of active members are provided in the footer of this toolkit. These organizations hold a commitment to promoting evidence-based practices in reproductive health through a variety of KM activities.

Organizations and projects who helped developed this toolkit include:

C-Change (Communication for Change)

ChildFund International

Core Group

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

FHI 360

IBP: Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health

Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University

IntraHealth International



John Snow, Inc.

Knowledge for Health Project, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. 

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Health Policy Project

World Health Organization/Human Reproduction Programme (HRP)

Who are the publishers of the resources?

The KM Toolkit Working Group casts a wide net for resources to include in this toolkit to ensure that it was of the highest quality and most relevant for policy makers, program managers, and service providers worldwide. Although we made a concerted effort to include resources specifically from the health sector, a number of the publications and resources come from other sectors as well. They were chosen for inclusion based on the fact that they are relevant and adaptable to international health and development. A wide variety of publishers are included.

What types of resources are included?

This toolkit was created to provide guidance and tools to design, implement, and monitor and evaluate KM activities in the field of international public health. It contains:

  • Videos, websites, and fact sheets that provide an overview of KM
  • Tools and resources to help implement and measure a variety of KM-related activities
  • A compilation of the most up-to-date KM networking listservs, communities of practice, events, and websites

Who are the intended audiences?

The toolkit is intended for use by program managers who work in the fields of communications, training, and KM and those working in international health and development who are looking to start KM activities.

We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages. 

How do I get started using this toolkit?

This toolkit provides information on all aspects of KM, providing an overview and practical guidance and tools on getting starting in designing a KM initiative, the variety of KM approaches and tools available, and finally how to monitor and evaluate a KM initiative. 

To browse the contents of this toolkit, use the tabs above to view resources related to each topic. Each tab includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the Knowledge Management Toolkit Working Group, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource.