A Toolkit for Deployable Best Practices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$749,980.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9132T-10-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number:
O08A-002-2029
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 08T002
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Discovery Machine Incorporated
454 Pine Street, Suite 1C, Williamsport, PA, 17701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128516114
Principal Investigator:
Todd Griffith
President & CTO
(570) 329-0251
tgriffith@discoverymachine.com
Business Contact:
Anna Griffith
CEO
(570) 601-1966
agriffith@discoverymachine.com
Research Institution:
Penn State University
Robert Walter
321G Information Sciences
and Technology Building
University Park, PA, 16802
(814) 863-8876
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Discovery Machine, Inc. (DMI) is partnered with Pennsylvania State University and SAIC (the DMI team) to produce a best practices capture system that goes beyond the storage and dissemination of lessons learned. The proposed system will leverage warfighters' specific knowledge as deployable knowledge assets. These knowledge assets will be executable best practices that can be embedded in job aids and training systems. The lack of true best practices capture prevents the military from both identifying many useful standard processes but also from improving upon them over time. The problem is that bringing best practices to the civil affairs officer requires the capture of real expertise. The tacit knowledge or key person know-how found in the heads of experienced individuals. To capture this expertise requires a methodology and technology based in cognition. It requires the military to reexamine what knowledge is and how to make it an asset. This proposal describes how to capture best practices and turn them into knowledge assets through a toolkit for best practices deployment.

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