The objective of this document is to present the PAHO/WHO Methodology to Conduct Communities of Practice. Communities of Practice (CoP) are social groups created for the purpose of developing an expertise, sharing learning through shared reflection on practical experiences. An example of a community of practice can be a group of staff member with a single interest or expertise that shares problems and questions within an institution. Alternatively, it can be a medical community where certain medical developments are discussed between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry.
The PAHO/WHO Methodology to Conduct Communities of Practices covers a detailed description of the process, which includes three phases: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. In addition, it includes reference documents on how to identify potential CoPs, how to promote the CoP, best practices for CoP moderators and facilitators, and identifying potential tools for CoPs.