Tamarack’s Communities of Practice are composed of people involved in multi-sector community collaborations solving complex problems of our time, who meet regularly by telephone and online for learning, enrichment and solidarity.
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“Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a passion for something they do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”
~ Etienne Wenger
Vibrant Communities’ communities of practice (CoP) focus on poverty reduction, but are relevant to anyone working with multisectoral, comprehensive and community-based approaches to social issues. They meet regularly by telephone and online to learn and share experience on a “domain” or topic. Each community of practice is unique, but they share the following common characteristics:
- Peer to peer collaborative networks
- Driven by the willing participation of members
- Focused on learning and building capacity
- Engaged in knowledge sharing, developing expertise, and solving problems
In the past, communities of practice included the Funders Network and the Government Learning Circle, and you will find resources and online seminars on this site related to those sectors. Current CoPs include:
Anyone who is active in community-based multisectoral collaborative initiatives is welcome to join a Vibrant Communities CoP.
There is no cost to participate in the CoP, beyond long distance changes to access the teleconference bridge, which is located in the United States.
CoP members are expected to be active in a community collaboration, to attend regularly, share their experiences openly, and contribute to the building of a resource base as they are able.
To join or learn more about a community of practice, please email us here.
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This community of practice focuses on employer practices that reduce poverty; it includes living wages, and employer human resource practices.
A Living Wage is the amount of income an individual or family requires to meet their basic needs, and to save for future needs and goals. It differs from a minimum wage; a living wage changes according to the cost of living in each community. Employer human resource practices and the cost of housing and child care are important factors. A living wage can be viewed as an affordability index – the hourly wage an individual or family requires to live in a specific community.
This CoP focuses on case studies, tools and techniques that members of collaborations use to research, analyse and affect living wages and employer human resource practices.
Following the Vibrant Communities Living
Wage learning initiative in 2004 and 2005, these groups
decided to form a community of practice to continue learning
from and with each other. Through this community of practice,
these groups exchange information, experiences, and best practices
related to their work in the living wage and human resource
To join or learn more about the Living Wage community of practice, please email us here.
For more background, visit:
Access the Living Wage audio seminar series
Access more resources on Living Wage in the Resource Library
Access the Living Wage Community of Practice brochure
Access more resources on Working Poor in the Resource library
This community of practice focuses on evaluation in complex, comprehensive community collaborations.
It discusses case studies, tools and techniques that members of collaborations use to capture and make sense of the outcomes – particularly poverty reduction outcomes -- of their joint work.
The Vibrant Communities Trail Builders are
actively employing and assessing their poverty reduction/quality
of life building work. Several other members of the Pan-Canadian
Learning Community are also preparing or have already begun
implementation of local poverty reduction plans. Through this community of practice, they
seek to strengthen their unique local efforts by continual
networking, learning and peer support from and with their
counterparts in other communities.
To join or learn more about the Evaluation community of practice, please email us here.
For more background, visit:
Access the Measuring Learning: Developmental Evaluation audio seminar series
Access more resources on Evaluation in the Resource Library
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