Team cohesion is the degree to which individual members contribute to the functioning of the group as a whole. The members have social and emotional bonds that link them to each other and to the group at large. Work productivity can be enhanced by teams who work well together in pursuit of common goals. This Innovation Community is dedicated to fostering cohesion among members to achieve high performing teams. (Note that this is a public space for members to connect, share ideas and resources (posting of confidential information is not recommended). Browse our resources to see case studies, tools, and articles that might help generate some ideas for implementation within your organization. Share your thoughts and expertise, and ask questions to join the conversation – you can also upload additional resources here.

General information about communities of practice can be found below:

 
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What is Value Stream Mapping?

 What is Value-Stream Mapping?Value stream mapping is "a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or servic...

How Do I Participate?

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Wicked Problems

This tool proposes the idea of wicked problems in meetings in order to engage everyone in sharper strategic thinking by revealing entangled challenges and possibilities that are not intuitively obviou...

5 Bold Steps Vision® Canvas

This tool serves as a framework for strategic planning and for a team to cohesively create a list of goals that all contribute to the improvement of a company's future and work strategy....

User Experience Fishbowl

The fishbowl design makes it easy for people in the inside circle to illuminate what they have done by sharing experiences while in conversation with each other....

Designing Meetings that Matter

Key Questions:  How can I effectively design and facilitate meetings that matter?  What strategies can be used to promote equity work in your community?Currently, most meetings are unproduct...

Current situation... I'm helping to design the Colleaga community user experience.
Where I want to go... We want community members to be able to find the answers to their questions.
Help I'm looking for... What are the community or user experience characteristics that we should consider?

SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model

Key Questions: What is the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique?...

How Do I Engage With My Community?

 What is a Community of Practice? Way to go! You are part of a community of interested people with whom you can collaborate and share ideas and resources....

An Incomplete Guide to Engaging Physicians into Quality Improvement

Key Questions: How can physicians be meaningfully engaged in quality improvement initiatives?...

Systematic Review on the Effectiveness of QI Collaboratives

http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2017/10/21/bmjqs-2017-006926

The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model

Key Questions: What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness?...

Conflict Resolution Games

This tool provides quick and effective activities to improve collaboration, trust and communication in the workplace, thereby reducing conflict.

Community of Practice Design Guide

Inter-organizational collaboration has become increasingly important for organizations, workgroups, and individuals alike....

Communities of Practice - The Art of Learning Together

Description of CoPs and how they work

Critical Uncertainties

This tool allows a diverse group to swiftly test the viability of current strategies and build its capacity to respond quickly to future challenges....

Generative Relationships STAR

Generative Relationships help a group of people understand how they work together and identify changes that they can make to improve group performance....

Uncovering Middle Managers' Role in Healthcare Innovation Implementation

This paper presents a theory of how a middle manager who oversees teamwork designs may influence the effectiveness of healthcare innovation implementation....

World Café Method

World Café can be modified to meet a wide variety of needs. It is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting a large group dialogue....

Reverse Brainstorming: A Different Approach to Brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming is a different approach to brainstorming by stating the problem in reverse to help solve problems by looking at them from a completely different angle and generating more creativ...

Appreciative Interviews (AI)

This facilitation technique helps the team to generate a list of conditions that are essential for its success....

Simple Ethnography

When observing and recording actual behaviors of users in the field using Simple Ethnography, tacit and latent knowledge not accessible by asking users for explicit needs (for example, with focus grou...

Helping Heuristics

To help employees gain insight into their own pattern of interaction and habits, Helping Heuristics can be utilized....

Improv Prototyping

Improve Prototyping acts as a rehersal for real life....

15% Solutions

This discussion technique allows employees to realize their full potential and capabilities....

Wise Crowds

Wise Crowds is used to tap into the intelligence of a whole group without time-consuming up and sideways presentations....

Drawing Together

The Drawing Together activity helps people access hidden knowledge such as feelings, attitudes, and patterns that are difficult to express with words....

Integrated~Autonomy

This facilitation technique is designed to help a group move from either-or conflicts to both-and strategies and solutions....

Panarchy

This tool is an opportunity for employees of different positions to collaborate by identifying strategies at various levels.

Leadership Groups: Distributed Leadership in Social Learning

This handbook chapter on leadership groups is aimed at facilitators, conveners, or coordinators who want to develop the social learning capability of a community of practice or other type of learning ...

Teamwork and Communication in Healthcare

Incoherence among health professional teams has been identified as a key contributing factor in the occurrence of patient safety incidents....

What are Communities of Practice?

Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge - Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of PracticeQuiz: You Might be a CoP If...Communities of Practice: The Art of Learning ...

Please choose ONE of the following areas in which a team-building activity would be MOST beneficial over the coming months:

Communication
56% (5 votes)
Problem-solving/Decision-making
11% (1 vote)
Adaptability/Planning
22% (2 votes)
Building Trust
11% (1 vote)
Total votes: 9

Team Charter Canvas

The Team Charter Canvas is a tool that can be used to develop a clear blueprint of goals, expectations and tasks for a diverse team of people who are working together towards a common goal....

What is Colleaga?

Colleaga is a voluntary non-profit organization whose members share the common belief that when we join together, we are stronger and wiser and can achieve significantly greater impact.Reaching a...

Communities of Practice: A Brief introduction

Key Questions: What are communities of practice?...

Designing Meetings that Matter

This is a wonderful resource that provides information about how to design meetings, and include some worksheets to get the most out of your meetings.

 



Sharing Best Practices Through Online Communities of Practice: Global Alliance for Pre-Service Education (GAPS)

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Current situation... I am currently busy with technical specification for an HIE to send to the vendor Community.
Where I want to go... PROPOSED HIE.ZA IMPLEMENTATION ROADMAP AND PHASES so that vendors are able to see the next steps
Help I'm looking for... I am looking for some guidance or examples for this roadmap

Interior Health Guide to Successful Long-term Physician Recruitment and Retention

Key Questions: How can the physician recruitment process be improved to promote long-term retention?The intention of this handbook is to provide a guide, that when considered throughout the physician ...

Current situation... I'm a police officer in the Vancouver, B.C. area.
Where I want to go... I want to investigate how this crisis is changing the role of policing.
Help I'm looking for... How can front-line officers be better equipped to deal with the opioid crisis?

Trends in ED Visits in the U.S. from 2006-2014

Interesting statistics on mental health/substance abuse-related ED visits in the U.S. which increased 44.1 percent from 2006 to 2014, with suicidal ideation growing the most (414.6 percent increase in the number of visits): https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb227-Emergency-Department-Visit-Trends.jsp?utm_source=ahrq&utm_medium=en4&utm_term=&utm_content=4&utm_campaign=ahrq_en10_31_2017

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​November 9, 2017, 2:00 PM ET: Health Care Innovation and R&D: Taking Stock at Ten Years

Link to an upcoming free webinar offered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/health-care-innovation-and-R-and-D-taking-stock-at-ten-years/Pages/default.aspx?utm_campaign=tw&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=57886375&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9So3lDVvudlGX_OUc_kI6k-OxdiWSnz7uXhVOf6Yy6BCPt8h0R_zhH4SlZFxZ_AslF9QvUiSc5V_BfYfnVcK7cH3iuwA&_hsmi=57886375

Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge - Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice

In the book, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge, the authors offer a practical guide to making knowledge work inside an organization....

“What I Need From You” (WINFY)

This facilitation technique allows people who work in different departments and disciplines to quickly improve how they ask each other for what they need to be successful.

Healthcare Team Vitality Instrument

The purpose of this survey is to measure team vitality with an emphasis on dimensions related to front-line staff empowerment and engagement, perception of a work environment supportive of safe and hi...

Versus System in St. Joseph Hospital Eliminated Communication Problems in Emergency Department

St. Joseph Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) communicated patient updates verbally via Central Nurses’ station....

1-2-4-All

This tool is to aid in the facilitation of discussions to create an environment that ensures all individuals are engaged and providing well-thought-out input.

Icebreakers, Team Building Activities, and Energizers

By creating a warm, friendly, and personal learning environment, people will participate more and learn more....

A Guide to Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Effective and efficient ways of resolving workplace conflicts are key to any organization's progress....

Planning for Communities of Practice: A Guide for Model Systems Grantees

This guide is intended to support model systems (MS) grantees in their efforts to engage stakeholders through communities of practice but may have broader application for other organizations....

Open Space Technology

Open space technology is an inclusive, discussion facilitation tool that can be used for a meeting with anywhere from 10 to 1,000 people....

Troika Consulting

Peer-to-peer coaching is what Trokia Consulting is all about. By utilizing the Troika Consulting Tool participants can refine their listening, consulting and asking for help skills....

Design StoryBoards

Design Storyboards are used to tackle dysfunctional meetings....

Purpose-to-Practice (P2P)

P2P is used at the beginning of an initiative so that stakeholders can consider and shape all the elements that will determine the success of the initiative....

Ecocycle Planning

The Ecocycle allows everyone involved to prioritize, and plan actions, as opposed to the conventional way of planning behind closed doors with a small group of people....

Shift & Share

Shift and share removes long large-group presentations and replaces them with several concise descriptions made simultaneously to multiple small groups....

Heard, Seen, Respected (HSR)

This facilitation technique allows individuals to “walk in the shoes” of others and learn to respond in ways that do not over-promise or over-control....

Social Network Webbing

Tap the informal connections that have indirect yet powerful influence on behavior and results through Social Network Webbing....

Peer Assist

The Peer Assist is a tool which supports a ‘learning before doing’ processes in which advice is sought from someone else, or a group that has/have done something similar....

Conflict Management for Hospital Systems

It has been found time and time again that communication is the cause of the majority of healthcare errors....

Six Ways Healthcare Leaders can Improve Communications Skills

The success of healthcare leaders is determined by how well they clearly communicate with patients, staff, providers, business partners, insurance companies, and regulators....