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Virtual communities of practice: can they support the prevention agenda in public health?
Date16 July 2015
Year 2015
This project, conducted by the UKHF Research & Information Services team, sought to gather the evidence and develop recommendations for the value of virtual CoPs in public health. 
Virtual Communities of Practice (CoPs) are flexible communication and knowledge management tools enabling collaboration, sharing of best practice and professional development. There have been few studies that have looked at the use and usefulness of virtual CoPs in public health. 
Through a literature review, and through piloting two CoPs in obesity this research aimed to answer how useful CoPs are in obesity prevention, what makes a CoP successful and what evaluation methods are appropriate.
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