Evaluation of four practice communities
As part of a project for the transfer of knowledge produced by university affiliated centres and institutes in the health and social services networks, practice communities, consisting of producers and users of knowledge, were created around four leading-edge or innovating practices. These practice communities had the task of building and implementing a transfer strategy for the knowledge of their practice, as well as selecting indicators for evaluating the transfer activities. CLIPP (Liaison centre for psychosocial intervention and prevention), which is involved in aiding practice communities in selecting the best indicators with respect to the follow-up of implementation and the first effects of knowledge transfer activities through its project “Innovative Social Practices serving the community,” proposes to perform two different segments for evaluating the knowledge transfer project:
- Construction of a logic model of practice communities intended to prepare a list of tools for monitoring practice community activities in order to be able to identify the indicators most appropriate for their reality;
- Execution of an evaluation of the introduction and the processes of practice communities, which will seek to answer the following questions:
- Are the communities of practice established as planned?
- What activities do the participants take part in?
- Are the participants satisfied with the practice communities?
- Who benefits from the practice communities?
- How do the four practice communities vary?
- What factors explain their differences in implementation?
- What conditions facilitate or obstruct the implementation of practice communities?