Why do we need a new platform?
- Our world is not in very good shape. Collective mobilisation will become increasingly important to meet the many challenges on the globe. There is a need to transcend geographical, organisational, linguistic, … boundaries. No existing solution did suit us.
What is Collectivity?
- Collectivity is a platform that facilitates the achievement of projects by groups of experts from around the world.
- It does so by connecting people who want to mobilise and valorise their expertise, by being involved in projects with a potentially strong scientific and social impact.
- Collectivity is also a constantly growing community of experts.
- Collectivity currently offers projects in the field of Global Health. Later, we will expand the focus of projects to other areas.
Which services does Collectivity offers?
Collectivity gives you the opportunity to:
- Contribute to meaningful projects with real social impact;
- Improve your visibility. By being involved in a collaborative project, and showing your value in the process, you stand out in the eyes of our partners, major development actors.
- Develop your skills and share your knowledge and learn from others. Each has his/her own expertise, which can benefit everyone.
- Build your professional network, to work and exchange ideas with experts from around the world.
Who are we ?
- Collectivity was created by a number of people involved in Global Health, supported by a community of experts and partner institutions.
- Collectivity relies on the experts of the “Harmonisation for Health in Africa” (HHA) Communities of Practice (CoPs), supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- With today nearly 5,000 professionals with public health backgrounds and various profiles, all around the world, Collectivity was first of all created to meet their needs and their desire to work together.
- Collectivity is a project funded by NORAD, the Norwegian Agency for International Development.
- The design and development of the platform were entrusted to a consortium, made up by the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp and the private for-profit company Blue Square, two complementary entities.
- Professor Bruno Meessen, Head of the Unit of Health Economics in the Department of Public Health (ITM), and involved in many health sector related Knowledge Management activities in recent years, came up with the idea of Collectivity.
Who can join Collectivity?
- Anyone curious, eager to learn and ready to get involved in projects with a potentially strong global health impact!
- Everybody is welcome: regardless of specialty, place of living, professional experience ... from students to veterans, from people working in the field to central level officials. Everybody has knowledge and insight(s) that can enrich the whole group – related to one or some level(s); on some subject(s);
- Participation in some projects, however, will require special skills that will be clearly specified, if this is the case.
How to join Collectivity?
- Joining us is easy: just create your Collectivity account, by clicking on the top navigation bar of your screen. It's free, and only takes a few seconds! Only a valid email address is necessary for joining us.
- We recommend that you complete your profile later, in order to take full advantage of the features offered by Collectivity.
Do I have to pay to register on Collectivity?
- No. Collectivity is completely free for its members, and will remain so.
How do I connect to my personal page on Collectivity?
Once your account is created, you can connect to it and access your personal page on Collectivity.
- Click the button in the top navigation bar of your screen.
- Fill in the required information, i.e. the email address associated with the account and password.
- Click on . You are now connected!
What is my Collectivity profile?
- Your profile is a personal page, intended to indicate to other community members who you are, what your background is and where you come from.
- This page is accessible by the other members of the platform. Simple visitors, without a Collectivity account, will not have access to this information.
Do I have to complete my profile?
- Browsing Collectivity is certainly possible without having a completed profile.
- A completed profile is an essential preliminary step, though, if you want to participate in a project. In order to ensure that the required work suits you, it is important for the project manager to know a little more about you.
How to manage my account?
How do I access my profile?
- Log in to your account Collectivity.
- Click on your name in the top navigation bar of your screen.
- In the dropdown menu, click on "My Profile".
How do I change the information in my profile?
- Go to your profile.
- If you log in for the first time, you will automatically land on an empty profile page. You are asked to complete the various headings with the information of your choice, or by selecting from a drop-down list.
- If you want to change or update your profile later, click the button, just below your picture. Make the changes you want, then confirm the modifications.
How do I change my password or email address associated with my account?
- Log into your account Collectivity.
- Click on your name in the top navigation bar of your screen.
- In the dropdown menu, click on "Settings".
- Change the key information as you want and validate.
How do I recover my password?
- Click on "forget password?".
- In the "reset password" window that opens, fill the empty field with the email address associated with your account. An email will immediately be sent to this address.
- Open your email and click on the provided link.
- Create your new password, as proposed.
- Once validated, you can log in normally.
Did you forget your password and don’t you manage to log in? No worries!
How can I get involved and participate in collaborative projects?
Where can I see the collaborative projects?
- You can access the general overview page of the projects here, or click on the "Check out the projects" tab which you can find at the top of your screen.
- You can refine your search by sorting the projects by date of publication, theme, geographic region, ...: look for projects that interest you!
- You have spotted a project that motivates you and you want to know more? Click on the presentation to access a more detailed project sheet.
- The project sheet does not answer all your questions? Do not hesitate to contact our team, or speak directly to the Project Manager.
How to participate in a collaborative project?
- You can indicate your interest for a project by clicking on the button "Join this project", from the detailed project profile.
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- Warning ! To join a project, you will first have to complete the key elements of your Collectivity profile.
- Warning ! Read carefully the project sheet before offering your participation in a project. Make sure you have the particular skills required, and are able to devote time to the project during the proposed period.
- The project manager will confirm afterwards that you are now a member of the project team. Congratulations!
A Collectivity collaborative project: how does it work?
- I participate in a collaborative project: to what exactly do I commit myself?
- Collectivity mainly relies on the passion of its members, who will dedicate some of their free time to contribute to the projects.
- Collectivity should never become an obligation! The experts involved in a project are free to stop at any time.
- However we ask the person who wants to withdraw from a project to report this as soon as possible to the project manager, in order not to jeopardise the success of the research project.
- In order to avoid these situations, it is important to read the project forms carefully. They provide you with all info on: the tasks that need to be done; the total hourly and weekly amount of hours estimated to complete the project; and the period of time that involved experts should be available to some extent for the project.
What are the stages of a Collectivity collaborative project?
- The team is set up, on a voluntary basis and after selection by the Project Manager, if needed.
- A launch meeting is held. On this occasion a timetable is jointly established as well as a division of labor: everyone knows what to do and when to do it.
- Depending on the length and complexity of the project, regular meetings can be organised to take stock or for group work. Throughout the project the experts involved are in close contact and share their work (eg Dropbox folder).
- At the end of the project, a closing meeting is organised. The "product" of the project is finalised. Participants are requested to make their self-assessment and express their feelings on how the project worked out.
- The project is now complete. The documents produced during the project are published on Collectivity, and are freely available. The profile of experts is automatically updated, and indicates their involvement in the project.
Are experts involved in a Collectivity collaborative project paid?
- Participation in a Collaborative project is not compensated.
- Special case: if major projects are to be completed which benefit from the support of financial partners, the experts participating in these projects can receive compensation, if necessary.
- In order to thank and properly reward the people involved in the projects, a system of "points" to obtain prizes and benefits is currently under development.
I have an idea for a collaborative project: can Collectivity help me to make it happen?
- Collectivity is a new platform, which will still evolve and offer its members new features in the future. Thus, although at present it is not possible for you to directly publish your project proposal on the platform, it is very well possible that in a few months, you can do so (2016). Stay tuned!
- Until then, feel free to contact our team. We will be happy to discuss your project with you and help you if necessary to make it more concrete. Your idea can then later be published on the platform, on your behalf and under your responsibility, if you wish so.