Updating the BRIDGE website

Keeping a website relevant and up to date is an ongoing project. The BRIDGE website is far more than just a place to learn about what BRIDGE does: it is also a platform where we share what others are doing, illuminate how the education community at large can work together to improve educational outcomes, and provide a repository for a number of useful resources which can be used and adapted by any of our website users. Our community of practice meetings in the different focus areas are the primary mechanism through which we gather, distil, co-create, develop and distribute different kinds of knowledge, resources and tools for various sectors. The updated website has reorganised the way in which our communities of practice are categorised, and also streamlined how we classify our knowledge products.

The most important change to the website is the introduction of a new focus area for BRIDGE, that of Cross-cutting Themes. While historically BRIDGE has worked in four focus areas – School Leadership, Teacher Development, Learner Support and Early Childhood Development – we have also recognised that there are a number of core educational issues and factors (such as general literacy or the use of ICTs in education) which are pertinent to each one of our traditional focus areas. These cross-cutting themes are themselves an area of interest to BRIDGE; and many of the knowledge products which emerge from CoPs have relevance across all BRIDGE focus areas and communities of practice. In addition, some communities of practice (such as the Monitoring and Evaluation CoP) are by nature cross-cutting, in that M&E takes place in all sectors and contexts.  

Following on from this, communities of practice convened by BRIDGE (which now number over twenty) have been grouped under the focus area headings so that lengthy lists on drop down menus are avoided. This is in the interest of making the website more navigable. Apart from the five headings given in the image, there is also a new section called Historical Communities of Practice. Here you will find descriptions of communities of practice which have reached a natural end; some of these, for example, were formed to tackle a specific task, and disbanded when the task was complete; others were found to be cross-cutting and became absorbed into other CoPs. We think it important, however, to keep a record of these communities of practice on the website, as some of the resources generated are still available, and these CoPs are part of the development, growth and institutional memory of BRIDGE as an organisation.

The typology used for BRIDGE’s knowledge products on the website has been streamlined to minimize overlap. This typology previously included twelve different types of resources, but has now been cut down to six: the main differentiation happens between BRIDGE CoP ‘meeting highlights’ which serve as an organisational record and a touchstone of discussions at CoP meetings for CoP members (and others), and other distinct types of resources which may have wider application and usefulness.

Meeting Highlights: Overviews and highlights of presentations and discussions at community of practice meetings, serving as a record of topics covered and debates held.  

Presentations: Powerpoint presentations from community of practice meetings or other events.

Tools & Resources: These can take various forms and have a number of purposes. Tools, templates and guidelines will help in the practical application of various tasks or strategies in education contexts; other resources share information, such as policy summaries, reports on specific projects, or other conceptual resources. These knowledge products may have been shared at CoP meetings, co-created by CoP members and BRIDGE, or developed by BRIDGE in response to a need.

Maps: These are databases of systemic information, such as a map of provision in a specific sector with provider details. These maps help to keep a sector informed and promote collaboration by making information visible.

Impact stories: Narratives from BRIDGE CoP members or participants, about major learnings they have taken from an interaction, or on the impact community of practice activities have had on their practice.  

Podcasts: Recordings of relevant radio-based discussions; podcast Key Points as summaries of discussions on education issues during our partnership with Cliff Central Leadership Platform are also available.

Videos: Videos of selected CoP presentations or key events such as Axis Summit activities.

BRIDGE’s blog ‘beings @ bridge’ continues to highlight the human stories at the heart of our work. Finally, all BRIDGE knowledge products are Open Educational Resources under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.