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Good Practices

Definitions and criteria

  1. Definitions
  2. Criteria for good practice selection
  3. Why and for Whom Identify, Capture, Share and Apply Good Practices?


Here is a definition of good practice that is simple and to the point.

“A good practice is simply a process or a methodology that represents the most effective way of achieving a specific objective. Some people prefer to use the term ‘good practice’ as in reality it is debatable whether there is a single ‘best’ approach – and of course approaches are constantly evolving and being updated. So another way of defining a good practice is one that has been proven to work well and produce good results, and is therefore recommended as a model. ... The essence of identifying and sharing good practices is to learn from others and to re-use knowledge. The biggest benefit consists in well developed processes based on accumulated experience.”  -- Identifying and Sharing Good Practices, SDC Knowledge Management Toolkit (2004)

The FAO Good Practices Web site was created in 2005 and provided a series of summaries that introduced some of the good practices in FAO's areas of expertise. These practices have been adopted successfully in more than one region and were interdisciplinary, reflecting the complex nature of the problems being addressed. The examples chosen emerged from consultation with FAO staff both in the field and at headquarters.

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