A community of practice (CoP) brings together a group who share a common interest or domain to exchange ideas on approaches, develop skills, and collaborate in a peer-to-peer setting.
A CoP can be designed for different levels of experience, different organizations, or locations. Some CoPs advance a specific technical approach or methodology, others support an emergent knowledge area.
Members engage at regular times over a specific duration to exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices, or problem-solving related to their shared domain of interest.
Communities of Practice (CoP) are an important way SI Canada pollinates knowledge and know-how across jurisdictions and between people. We use this methodology as a way to weave relationships, seed ideas, and accelerate what is working for community-based knowledge to be shared through peer-to-peer experiences.
Over time, SI Canada developed three streams of CoPs called, “Learn, Share, Build”. Each has a different purpose to meet the objectives of the participants.