Register Today: Community of Practice Series – January 2020

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Register Today: Community of Practice Series – January 2020

HUD is excited to announce the Community of Practice (CoP) Initiative: an exciting way for communities to access HUD technical assistance through an online, group learning, peer-to-peer collaborative approach. Register today!
This collective approach to technical assistance (TA) delivery draws on the strengths of communities and their expertise in the field to foster a space that encourages resource sharing, innovative out-of-the-box thinking, and connections across Continuums of Care (CoCs). CoPs are created around specific topic areas that CoCs may elect to enroll into based on the unique needs and challenges of their community.
Each CoP will be made up of approximately 10 CoCs and 2 TA provider facilitators. Each CoP will meet once per month by video conference for approximately 90 minutes. During these meetings, participants will have discussions and activities designed to help them think through the challenging issues in their community. In addition to the monthly meetings, participants can engage with their TA providers through "office hours" and other methods depending on the needs of the CoCs within that group. 
HUD expects participants to prepare between sessions using exercises designed to help think and plan around their goals, particularly as they work to implement changes in their CoC. These preparation activities range from reading background and framing materials, participating in small group or one-on-one discussions with other participants, and other exercises that help participants apply their knowledge and skills to their CoC.
Our next CoP series is set to launch in January 2020. Upcoming topic areas are below.
Training Objectives
In a Community of Practice, participants will:
·       Better understand the current strengths and challenges within their CoC
·       Create an action plan to sustainably improve their systems through strategic group brainstorming and resource sharing
·       Engage in a peer-to-peer learning environment as a way of creating ideas and thinking through solutions
Who Should Attend?
CoCs should plan to designate 2 participants who will participate in all 5 CoP sessions and be ready to:

  • Learn how to employ structured problem solving methods to build capacity and make change within the homeless system
  • Define, scope, and clearly translate needed changes in the homeless system that engages the community to make the change
  • Create an Action Plan to meet community needs

Schedule of Deliveries

Webinar Title
Tentative Dates
Registration Link
Coordinated Entry
January 27 – May 25, 2020
Reduce Inflow
January 27 – May 25, 2020
Housing Focused Practices
January 28 – May 26, 2020
January 28 – May 26, 2020
Foundations of a HMIS Implementation
January 29 – May 27, 2020
Leadership Development
January 30 – May 29, 2020
Foundations of Data Quality
January 30 – May 28, 2020

Registration Information
One registration request should be submitted per CoC. Please note, your registration does not guarantee approval. Due to limited space, not all communities who register will be able to participate. Communities will be contacted via email about the status of their enrollment.

You must have a HUD Exchange account to register. Follow these instructions for registering.

Sessions will be conducted using Adobe Connect. Communities will need to have access to audio and video sharing capabilities, as the sessions use computer cameras for participation. We encourage participants to sign into Adobe Connect at least 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time to ensure audio and video are working properly, and time is fully utilized.

Community of Practice Point of Contact

HUD SNAPS Technical Assistance Registrar I