Network Improvement Community (NIC)

A networked improvement community is an intentionally designed social organization with a distinctive problem-solving focus; roles, responsibilities, and norms for membership; and the maintenance of narratives that detail what it is about and why affiliating with it is important. A NIC is marked by four essential characteristics. It is:

  • Focused on a well-specified common aim
  • Guided by a deep understanding of the problem, the system that produces it, and a shared working theory to improve it
  • Disciplined by the methods of improvement research to develop, test, and refine interventions
  • Organized to accelerate diffusion of interventions out into the field and effective integration into varied educational contexts
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