“Communities of practice are 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.” (Lane & Wegner, 1994). Members share a domain of interest, engage in joint activities, and have an ongoing, sustained interaction over time contributing to their shared practice."
What will the CoPs look like?
CoPs will take place online and will include diverse staff from CAAs in New York. Each CoP meeting will be up to 90 minutes long and take place via webinar/conference call. It is also expected that NYSCAA will create opportunities for CoP members to meet at NYSCAA events, specifically the annual Professional Development conference.
Who can be a CoP participant?
CoPs are open to CAA staff in NY. The CoPs are developed on the belief that regardless of formal role in our agencies, we have valuable knowledge to share and learning to do. The CoPs are designed to leverage connections and open conversations that might not otherwise occur. Those interested in participating will complete a short application, to be reviewed by NYSCAA’s Best Practices committee members.
The Best Practices & Evidence-Based Programming CoP - participants will review best practices and evidence-based models currently in use in CAAs and consider replicability of particular models. In addition to the Best Practices & Evidence-Based Programming CoP, NYSCAA supports other Communities of Practice (CoPs):
1) Data Management - bringing a great understanding of the use and influence of data in a CAA.
2) Trauma-Informed Care Agency - building a greater capacity of understanding of trauma-informed practices within the CAAs in NY.
3) Leadership - developing and enhancing leadership skills partnered with peer learning to empower and inspire others, drive change and deliver results.