This project aims to develop and facilitate a collection of communities of practice (CoPs) where staff and leaders in the Canadian immigrant and refugee serving sector, and those in related fields, can learn, share, connect and collaborate.
The intent is for these CoPs to drive connections that lead to a more enhanced and consistent service standard. Supporting these is SettleNet.org, a bilingual online platform developed to be a unique digital “hub” for those serving newcomers directly or indirectly across the country.
SettleNet.org is a free, national service where users can immediately access resources and discussions that enhance their work expertise. Users are able to create and share knowledge and experiences, regardless of where they are in the country.
To make this possible, the platform offers various features such as:
- A professional development guide/space: users can explore, improve and learn to assess their skills and qualifications by participating in and promoting courses, webinars and events.
- A networking space: users can connect by promoting their work, participating in discussions, joining diverse groups, interacting with other users, learning more about other organizations, and sharing stories that strengthen the sector.
- A library of resources: users can access and add to a wide range of best practices materials, guides and forms, handbooks and tools.
SettleNet.org is still in its open beta phase. The project team invites people in the sector and related fields across Canada to get involved by using the platform and providing feedback on how it can be made more useful for them and their work.