The GRID Network Communities of Practice (CoP) Project connects stakeholders across North West Region who are committed to improving quality of life and service systems for people living with disabilities in the region. Each CoP is a network of people working in different organizations but who share a desire to improve practices in a particular area. Most of the members are participating on a voluntary basis. The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board SEEPD program is providing funding for communication and meeting support.
For the GRID Network, a CoP can include rehabilitation service providers, clinicians, researchers, decision-makers, government leaders and workers, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families.
Several formal communities of practice will be developed over the next year in the North West Region of Cameroon.
The CoP Project:
- strives to connect people with shared interests who aim to improve service delivery,
- promotes the use of evidence in decision-making,
- develops targeted and relevant tools and knowledge translation products, and
- provides a repository for resources, and facilitates sharing within the region and beyond.
The project is developing a virtual community where members of the CoP’s can create profiles so that others can know more about their work and interests, share knowledge in several different formats, and collaborate more effectively with one another. This on-line, virtual community reinforces existing relationships, while allowing new connections to start and develop.
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