Social R&D Community of Practice

White text on blue background with orange circles: Social R&D Community of Practice

After our Social R&D National Practice Gathering in June 2020, it became clear that there are a variety of individuals and organizations seeking diverse engagements around social R&D. We are eager to serve and nurture this community.

We’ve designed three Community of Practice (CoP) streams for practitioners to flow between, allowing you to access the learning and connections that best serve your practice. We hope this CoP will help you Learn from and with one another, Share and get support for your work and big challenges, and Build a strong social R&D ecosystem.

Learn Stream

Objectives

Practitioners in the Learn stream have identified that their goals are to:

  • Learn new social R&D methodologies
  • Learn how to apply social R&D methodologies to their existing work
  • Learn from case studies put forth by other practitioners
  • Learn from international experts in social R&D

Target

This stream of the CoP is being designed to serve:

  • Newer social R&D practitioners
  • Practitioners seeking to deepen their practice

We recognize that these practitioners have diverse needs and we will tailor specific workshops/trainings to cater to each of these 2 groups. We will communicate clearly what “level” of practice is being shared and invite practitioners to opt-in/-out based on the correct match of level or desire to learn.

Format

Bi-monthly learning sessions for practitioners. Some will take on a similar format of some of the storytelling sessions from the National Practice Gathering, while others will be more presentation style to support practitioners to learn and employ specific social R&D methodologies. Some will be more at the social R&D 101 level while others will provide more in-depth training to practitioners with more experience in the field.

Sessions will be run by social R&D practitioners from across Canada and internationally. Honorariums will be provided to hosts as well as additional support to capture and share the insights from these sessions. Recordings from these sessions will be made available subsequently. In addition, resources will be shared on socialrd.org as well as through the Social R&D mailing list for all practitioners connected to the CoP in some way.

Share Stream

Objectives

Practitioners in the Share stream have identified that their goals are to:

  • Share their work with others including lessons learned and best practices
  • Stay connected to the social R&D sector to know what is going on in this space
  • Build connections with other practitioners that they may end up collaborating with
  • Support the work of others through a Peer Input methodology
  • Connect on challenging topics that need to be addressed by the field

Target

This stream of the CoP is being designed to serve a range of levels of practitioners who are eager to learn from and with one another.

Format

Bi-monthly sharing sessions for practitioners. Some will take on a similar format of some of the Peer Input Process sessions as well as the Open Space sessions from the National Practice Gathering. Others will include updates that will support practitioners to keep informed on what is going on in the field and identify opportunities for collaboration. Sessions will be facilitated by Social Innovation Canada or by guest facilitators. In addition, an online tool/platform will be leveraged to connect practitioners.

Build Stream

Objectives

Practitioners in the Build stream have identified that their goals are to:

  • Contribute to building the social R&D field
  • Develop knowledge products that will help advance the social R&D field
  • Provide leadership in addressing policy and funding barriers that are holding back the social R&D field

Target

This stream of the CoP is being designed to engage more experienced practitioners who are eager to contribute towards building the social R&D field. In particular, this stream will engage active members of the previous social R&D CoP that have already taken an active role in building the field or are looking to establish their role as thought leaders.

Format

Practitioners in this stream will be engaged on an as-need basis to form Working Groups around specific projects. These working groups would support the development of tangible outputs and events to advance the social R&D field.

Examples of projects include:

  • Providing input in the design of the social R&D practice gatherings and roundtables
  • Developing and providing feedback on knowledge products to serve the field
  • Addressing funding or policy issues that are holding back the field
  • Contributing towards codifying and defining social R&D to include a diversity of methodologies and practices

Stay up-to-date with the latest social R&D opportunities

Join our Social R&D Community of Practice mailing list to get notified about upcoming Learn, Share, and Build opportunities.

Events? Opportunities? Feedback?

We welcome submissions at annelies@socialinnovation.ca to highlight content or opportunities you’d like to share with the community. We are also eager to hear your feedback on this CoP model.

Challenges and next steps: SI Canada Graphic Image from the Social R&D National Gathering in June 2020