"Networked Improvement Communities are scientific professional communities distinguished by four characteristics. They are: 1. guided by deep, shared understanding of the problem, the system that produces it, and a shared theory of improvement. 2. focused on a well-specified common aim. 3. disciplined by the rigor of improvement science. 4. coordinated to accelerate developing and learning about changes and their effective integration into practice across varied educational contexts. The Network Development Framework describes the technical core of activity that grounds the network together as well as a social structure that supports the community working and learning together.
The paper, The Social Structure of Networked Improvement Communities: Cultivating the Emergence of a Scientific-P