A framework for evaluating Cloudworks
Indicators of Community
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19 April 2010
Recently we have been developing a framework to help us to more systematically and reliably evaluate transactions and activity on Cloudworks in relation to our project aims of a) a developing community, b) the development of professional knowledge and c) sustained participation.
As discussed in my blog post Community Indicators on the 13th August 09, we have been focusing on pinning down what we might mean by 'community' and therefore what indicators of community we might expect to see as Cloudworks develops over time. I have identified four broad indicators:
- Creative capability
The type of communities we see on Cloudworks are likely to be relational and transient, our evaluation focus is therefore on the process or lifecycle of community formation and growth rather than community as an absolute state. Our interest is in the process of evolution from loosely tied webs or networks to the more cohesive productive groups that can be seen to emerge from repeated and iterative collaborative activity that happens within, across and between groups from more established Communities of Practice. The indicators identified are those we believe promote this evolution i.e. the factors which support the development of emerging Communities of Practice.
I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on where I've got so far.