CoP Implementation

The successful implementation of a Community of Practice is dependent on strategic planning, interactive design, and the commitment of the steering team.

If done properly, the CoP will bring Community Mental Health Center leaders together with the goal of building a pathway to mental health care equity for underserved patient populations, address some of the challenges specific to CMHCs, and provide an ever-growing set of resources for the members to draw upon.


Implementation of the CoP: Months 8 to 12

Most successful CoPs start with a webinar or workshop, inviting the wider community, with a call to action to join the initial working groups and help address critical gaps identified in the planning phase.  The working groups should bring together many partners from CMHCs, mental health researchers, and other key stakeholders.

Prior to the official launch, a tentative schedule for webinars and training should be agreed from months 7 up to month 18.  These can range from open access update and engagement webinars, through to closed meetings specifically for staff or potential partners  Live webinars are very popular and should help bring the community together in a regular, open and highly visible way.


Continuous Improvement:  Year 2 onward

Continuous Improvement steps may include:

  • Building a wider partnership with the organizations we want to work with.
  • Researching and proposing suitable content for inclusion.
  • Undertake a landscaping and gap analysis study every two years to drive knowledge sharing and tacit learning
  • Maintain and monitor participant involvement in key components of the CoP that support the primary objectives of the project.
  • Create digital and organizational links between the other CoPs that relate to research in mental health to drive information, knowledge and experience between these communities of practice
  • Work with partner organizations to ensure that content, materials and discussion forums are evidence based and coached in a spirit of openness and goodwill.
  • Ensure that content, social media feeds and discussions are updated on a regular basis and after major changes.
  • Enable user access to latest developments in mental health research.
  • Help identify and coordinate project interdependencies, where they are cross-cutting with other resources on CoP.
  • Ensure efficient and cost-effective use of the resources allocated to the CoP.
  • Interact with the steering team and any funding partners on a regular basis to review development and direction of the CoP.
  • Grow active users on the CoP, user and impact metrics to be agreed based on the requirements and initial data from the ‘learn’ phase of the CoPs development.


Next: Outcomes

A Community of Practice (CoP)
can help create a culture of learning and collaboration that supports ongoing professional development, innovation, and the provision of high-quality care to patients. In this case, the CoP would include outside researchers, so that members can learn from one another and stay up-to-date with the latest research and information on mental health treatments.

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