What are RCTs?
With busy workloads and lives we talk to each other less. RCTs get staff in an organisation talking to each other. People are connected at random and given the time to meet (have a coffee if they want to) and have a chat about whatever they want.1 RCTs have been used by lots of organisations such as the Red Cross, Nesta and increasingly across the NHS. An administrator is required to organise the matching process but for participants the process is as simple as signing up and having a chat with the person they’ve been paired with.
How can LKS organise an RCT and what are the benefits of running an RCT?
RCTs help colleagues connect, learn from, and about, each other, and help break down silos. It’s free, easy and informal. From an organising perspective it is not too labour intensive but highly rewarding. Administrators need to collect the names of participants and oversee the matching – the rest is up to the participants. You may also want to share some ‘Talking points’ or signpost to guidance for any technology involved. RCTs only require participants to give up a small amount of their time and using technology can connect people in geographically dispersed organisations. Running an RCT will raise the profile of LKS within your organisation and ensure the library is associated with mobilising knowledge. You might want to pick a theme or time your trials with another event. We will be running RCTs at HEE in January with the tag line start the new year with a new conversation.
Knowledge Management goals achieved
- Connecting people to people
- Sharing Learning
Knowledge Management stories
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