WP:1 – Community of practice (Leiden University)

This work package focuses on the social processes: creating, involving, building on, and analyzing social networks in support of project activities and the broader energy transition field. In addition to bringing together the Community of Practice (CoP) and communicating the knowledge developed, extracting needs and requirements for the multi-model infrastructure is a core task of this work package.

A Community of Practice is defined in scientific literature as: “one characterized by participants who seek to support and learn from one another by co-creating and exchanging knowledge through transparent discussion processes that embrace diverse knowledge systems and address alternative perspectives”.

The CoP aims to feed the activities in all other Work Packages (wp) with input from (the interaction between) modelers and users and to build a learning community that can continue with the multi-model infrastructure after the project has ended. Due to the Agile approach taken, other work packages are continuously and interactively supported by wp1.


This work package will lead to two main results:

Community of Practice (CoP)

Organizing and maintaining the so-called Community of Practice (CoP), which brings participants, knowledge, and relevance to work packages 2, 3, and 4. This also includes a design for a sustainable institutional set-up of the CoP. Community of Practice (CoP), die deelnemers, kennis en relevantie aan werkpakketten 2, 3 en 4 brengen. Hierbij hoort ook een ontwerp voor een duurzame institutionele inrichting van de CoP.

There are different types of expertise available within the CoP:

      1. Expertise and knowledge about (multi-)models, multi-modeling methods, multi-model infrastructure, and model interactions.
      2. Energy domain and case expertise.
      3. Use of multi-models in integrated decision-making and scaling up and out of the approach.

During the project, the CoP functions as a sounding board in which participants are involved in specifying the requirements for the approach and tooling and the results of the development activities (wp:2 and wp:3) and in which the use cases (wp:4) are presented, and discussed.

wp:1:r:2 – Analysis of the CoP

This involves collecting and structuring scientific insights about the composition, structure, and dynamics of the CoP and the participatory modeling processes, and providing these insights as input to wp:2 to support the development of social process methods and toolkits to support the functioning of the CoP.

Success Indicators

The success of the CoP can be measured by several process indicators such as frequency, intensity, composition, and quality of participation by

different parties and activity levels during different meetings, discussions, and workshops, and several outcome indicators (such as the extent to which participants judge participation in the CoP as useful and educational, the extent to which the exchange between modelers and users leads to new insights and knowledge). The analysis of the CoP will explicitly develop, measure, and report on these indicators. Data will be collected for this purpose through interviews, observations, and surveys.


General activities will be: publicizing the CoP and recruiting participants among the stakeholder groups. In addition, a governance structure will be set up that will guarantee the independence and continued existence of the CoP after the project. Knowledge transfer takes place within the CoP through physical and virtual meetings with all participants and in subgroups and via the project website.