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Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a set of relationships and ongoing interactions among a group of individuals with common interests. In other words, it is a group of people who meet to discuss a topic of common interest. Along with your fellow MS grantees, you are already a part of an existing CoP with a shared purpose: research in the areas of SCI, TBI, and Burn injury. This existing CoP uses various modes of communication: listservs, emails, conference calls, in-person meetings, and cross-collaboration among injury areas.

MSKTC Community of Practice Activities

In addition, CoPs can establish and enhance MS grantee relationships with specific audiences who would benefit from MS-developed information on SCI, TBI, and Burn, while also contributing to the research and work of the grantees. The MSKTC can assist MS grantees in finding existing communities to participate in as well as provide support and guidance for grantees wanting to begin their own CoP.

The MSKTC has developed a practice guide to assist MS grantees in creating connections through established CoPs. This guide explains an approach for making these connections and provides a worksheet for MS grantees to create their own plan. Click here to download the Guide and worksheet. A webinar was held for several MS grantees to walk through the steos to engaging with an existing CoP; download the PDF here. Please contact us at if you would like to be involved in the development of CoP activities.