More CoPs stuff

March 2, 2009 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Ongoing thinking and researching into how to implement a new network model that is supported by CoPs (my day-job) has uncovered more material I can share with you. The Public Health Information Network (PHIN) in the US has a pretty impressive communities of practice (CoPs) programme.

If you’re starting out working with CoPs, you might find these tools useful. Over the years, I’ve produced all of these to varying degrees but you can go straight to the PHIN website and simply download:

  • Could It Be A CoP Worksheet? If you have an idea for a CoP, you can use the questions in this worksheet to test out your idea with peers.
  • CoP Charter Template. A charter will help establish shared vision amongst CoP members around CoP mission for example.
  • Community Expectations guidelines. Always useful to agree on a set of behaviours that members need to respect and follow should they wish to engage in community activity.
  • Facilitation Tip Sheet.

  • Technology Management Tip Sheet & Technology Tool Comparison (to help you choose the right technology to support your community).

I won’t keep you waiting any longer for these fabulous resources – so GO HERE!  There’s also a great little graphic and section to help you think through the need to balance public and private space and give members an opportunity to engage in a variety of community building activities.

You can download the PHIN CoP framework here.

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Entry filed under: Communities of Practice, Useful resources.

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