IDeA’s Communities of Practice ToP of the CoPs Awards recognised in an interesting article by the E-Government Bulletin.
You may have seen from one of my earlier posts about the ToP of the CoPs Awards that we ran this year. And is nice to see a little article has been written talking to some of the winners.
You can see the full article in the e-government bulletin
I would like to say a big thank you to all of the people, the facilitators, community members and sponsors who have made CoPs such a success.
And I think Richard Caton’s (Project Management Support Manager at the London Borough of Hackney) quote shows how far we have come.
“When the CoP came available, a couple of us thought it would be a great way to continue the dialogue after face-to-face meetings, to enable the network to keep going. So we started in March 2007 and it has grown to 730-odd members, including people from around half of all UK councils and with international members as far afield as Australia.”
Members of the forum are quick to help each other, says Caton. “If you post a query, you very quickly get three or four answers. People are always looking for best practice – the CoP allows us to pool knowledge and hold templates, slides, tools, job descriptions – in the past we might have emailed these things to a few people.”
Last year we ran an internal ToP of the CoPs scheme where each month we would look at a particlar topic and at the end of the year we asked for a written nomination from each community why they should be the CoP of the Year.
This went down really well, and when other communites outside of the IDeA. They kept asking “can we enter it next year”.
A year on and this is what has happened
We broke it down into three award categories:
- innovation and creativity
- efficiency through collaboration
- effective facilitation team
Each category had a winner and a special commendation. The overall winner was selected from the winners in all three categories.
There were many nominations, representing the whole public sector that use http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk.
And everyone that entered deserves special thanks and the judging team was very impressed by the strength and standard of nominations.
The winners for 2010 are:
Innovation and creativity
Winner: Strategic Commissioning CoP
Special commendation: Equality CoP
Efficiency through collaboration
Special commendation: EU Services Directive
Effective facilitation team
Winner: Workforce Matters CoP
Special commendation: Web Improvement and Usage CoP