Communities of Practice (CoP)
Etienne Wenger-Trayner has defined Communities of Practice as "groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly." DMDS Partners, Inc. includes facilitation of a CoP as part of its client package. We offer development of internal as well as external CoPs among our services.
Who can Join?
Our clients. We believe that collaborative networks, like communities of practice, hold real value as they provide opportunities for sharing best practices, learning, breaking down barriers/silos, and build capacity within organizations. Whether you book us for evaluation services or for professional development, we can assist you in developing or locating a CoP that aligns with your organization.
What are the Advantages of participating in a CoP?
Learning. Joining a CoP provides instant access to a network of peers who can offer support, guidance and advice. Peer learning networks promote learning on multiple levels and extend capacity beyond available resources, especially for smaller organizations.
What is my Role?
Active Participation. As a member of a CoP, you are expected to participate by sharing your ideas. Sharing what you have learned affords others in your network to draw from your experiences and learn.
How do I Join?
Contact us. DMDS Partners, Inc. facilitates development of CoPs for its clients. By working with us, we can assist you in locating a CoP; we can also provide useful tools for maintaining engagement with your CoP through workshops, self-guided modules, and scheduled follow-up Zoom sessions.