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Table 1 CoPs performance assessment criteria. Mexico and Nicaragua, 2013–2015

From: Evaluation of Communities of Practice performance developing implementation research to enhance maternal health decision-making in Mexico and Nicaragua

Criteria Source of evidence Value
1 3 5
Integration of the CoP
 Proper communication and consensus mechanisms among CoP members
Concept Systems Global platform Few members of the CoP communicate among them, while most of them participate randomly in group tasks and discussions Good communication among all members, but the CoP faces difficulties in finding consensus for action and irregular members’ presence and/or active participation in group tasks and discussions Good communication among all members facilitating consensus for action and fostering group work and regular members’ presence and/or active participation in the group tasks and discussions
Ownership of the methodology
 Creative and effective use of implementation research methodology
Results reports presented by CoPs (field diary) The methodology is deficiently used due to organization problems inside the CoP The methodology is used and most difficulties are solved The methodology is used in a swift manner and difficulties are solved with innovative procedures
Timely delivery of products*
 Capacity to generate and deliver good quality products on time
Results reports presented by CoPs (field diary) Failure to deliver any of the three main products on time and with satisfactory technical quality Delivery of the first or second main products with minor technical flaws Timely delivery of all three main products with satisfactory technical quality
Feedback to decision-makers
 Presentation of results to maternal health personnel and authorities
Reports on meetings with health authorities (field diary) The final results of the CoP’s work are only socialized among its members The final results of the CoP’s work are socialized among peer health personnel or local level health authorities The final results of the CoP’s work are socialized among local high-level health authorities and health system staff
Influence on program changes
 Use of evidence generated by the CoP by health authorities
Follow-up of modifications in the maternal health services with decision-makers The results of the CoP’s work have not been used but its own organization has been useful The results of the CoP’s work have been used for the implementation of actions to improve the maternal health program in which its members work The results of the CoP’s work have been used for the implementation of actions to improve the maternal health program in which its members work as well as interventions in other domains
  1. *The three main products were (a) literature review, (b) implementation research protocol, and (c) implementation research report and conclusions