How do we measure the success of a CoP? Traditionally, our success has been measured by meeting attendance. But what information do we get by measuring attendance? Well, if 10 people attend a workshop on team building and 40 attend a meeting on strategic leadership, we may conclude that one topic is more interesting than the other. And that may be true, but we have discovered more factors determine participation such as: location, weather, public transportation, etc. So our conclusion would only be accurate if the circumstances for both meetings are the same.
I would like to open this forum for suggestions we might use to measure our level of success. All responses are appreciated.