Modern communities of practice (CoP) built on a foundation of technology and social media are emerging on a global scale. Considering the speed at which technology evolves, best practices also continue to evolve for building, maintaining and measuring the effectiveness of these modern communities. This report attempts to outline and discuss key lessons learned to date and provide several recommendations based upon available evidence and expert opinion. But each CoP – defined here as a group of professionals with similar interests – is unique in purpose and must find its own path to success.
The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) will allow program officers, working in close collaboration with each to identify current organizational strengths and weaknesses and establish a plan for improvement that includes mechanisms to measure change.