Many people today find themselves engaged in the “network way of working,” but are struggling to find information and tools to build knowledge and skills for this new way of connecting across organizational boundaries. The Network Leadership from the Field Webinar Series is an opportunity to learn more about the skills, practices, and tools for effectively implementing inter-organizational and community networks.

These webinars are based on the premise that everyone involved in a network requires network leadership skill in order to be an active, effective member of a network. Come learn how Network Leadership applies to the ongoing, everyday work of building, managing, and evaluating effective networks.

Below find more information about our upcoming webinars and past webinar archives, including recordings, slides, and any additional resources.

November Webinar
Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool
November 28, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm (MST)

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As more organizations and communities collaborate, measuring, evaluating, and using data from community networks can be a challenging endeavor. A novel yet growing approach is the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to assess the quality and quantity of the interrelationships between people and organizations in communities, especially as a way to describe program and intervention outcomes. The Center on Network Science is the home of the PARTNER (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships –, one of the leading SNA tools to evaluate cross-sector interorganizational networks, In this webinar, Dr. Danielle Varda, Director of the Center on Network Science at the University of Colorado Denver will provide an introduction and demo of the PARTNER Tool. The webinar will focus on:

  • Why to use the PARTNER Tool as a SNA approach in evaluation
  • How to use SNA in evaluation
  • How to make evidence-based decisions for effectively managing and improving your network’s outcomes.
  • How to translate SNA findings into action steps and strategies

Presenter: Danielle Varda, Center on Network Science

Danielle M. Varda is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), University of Colorado Denver with a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. She also has a courtesy Associate Professor appointment in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is Director of the Center on Network Science (, Director of the Nonprofit Concentration in the MPA program, and Advisor to the Dual MPA-MPH Degree. Dr. Varda directs the Network Leadership Training Academy ( held annually in Denver at the School of Public Affairs. She also sits on the AmeriCorps NCCC Federal Advisory Board, and is an alumna of the AmeriCorps NCCC (Class 5 and 6). Dr. Varda joins SPA from the RAND Corporation, where she worked as an Associate Policy Scientist from 2005-2008. She specializes in collaborative governance and network leadership, focusing specifically in Public Health Systems and Services Research. Her research focus is on evaluating the network structure of interorganizational collaborations between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and the subsequent network effects of these recorded interactions. Her research portfolio includes projects in the areas of maternal/child health, public health and health networks, nonprofit community networks, economic inclusion/wealth building, and systems evaluation.

Past Webinars:

Presenter Title Date                Slides Recording
Blythe Butler Network Leadership for Collective Impact Jan. 21, 2016 Presentation NLTA_CI Network_First 2000 Days Network_Jan 21 2016_BButler.pdf View Recording
Danielle Varda Evaluating Networks for Network Impact Feb. 18, 2016 Evaluating Networks for Network Leadership-SHARED Feb 18 2016.pdf View Recording
David R Hackett Six Characteristics of High-Performance Networks for Network Leadership March 17, 2016 Six Characteristics of High Performing Networks 3-17-16.pdf View Recording
Joe Mendyka Framework For High-Impact Community Initiatives April 21, 2016 Webinar-Framework for High Impact Community Initiatives.pdf View Recording
Paige Backlund Jarquin, DrPH, MPH and Matt Simpson, MD, MPH A Network Leadership Approach to Program Development and Evaluation: The Regional Health Connector Program in Colorado Oct. 19, 2016 Oct 19 16 Network Leadership Webinar- Regional Health Connector Program.pdf View Recording
More information
Social Isolation- Changes in Core Discussion Networks_October2016.pdf
Steven E. Wallis, PhD and Bernadette Wright, PhD Network Knowledge Mapping: Mapping the Known, Discovering the Unknown Nov. 9, 2016 Nov 9 Network Knowledge Mapping Final Presentation-Combined.pdf View Recording
Lea Ayers LaFave, PhD, RN and Naomi Clemmons, MPH Using Network Analysis to Evaluate Early Childhood Systems of Care

Project Launch Survey Questions.pdf

Dec. 13, 2016 Dec 13 2016 Webinar-Network Analysis toEvaluate Early Childhood Systems of Care.pdf View Recording
Bianca Klein and Dylan Mroszczyk-McDonald A Network Approach to Fostering Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation within Public Sector Agencies January 26, 20 Jan 2017 Webinar-NPS Innovative Leadership Network.pdf Recording Here
Kap Wilkes Leading Networks toward Action: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders February 15, 2017 Feb 2017 Facilitation Network Leadership Webinar Slides.pdf Recording Here
Dr. Malcolm Williams and Dr. Danielle Varda A Mixed Methods Approach to Assess a Network Intervention of Public and Private Sector Partners: The Example of Million Hearts March 15, 2017 March 15th Million Hearts Webinar.pdf Recording Here
Katie Edwards,
The Nonprofit Centers Network
Collaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network’s Connections September 18, 2017 NETWORK LEADERSHIP:
Recording Here
Jenna Bannon, Denver’s Early Childhood Council Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times October 26, 2017 NETWORK LEADERSHIP: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD WEBINAR SERIES | Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times Recording Here

Past Webinar Descriptions

September 18, 2017: Collaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network’s Connections- Katie Edwards, The Nonprofit Centers Network
This webinar share activities and tools for getting your network members to share deeply, discover common goals, and map your way to collective solutions.

October 26, 2017: Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times- Jenna Bannon, Denver’s Early Childhood Council
There is an art and science to building a network. But what happens when what you think you know about networks is challenged by things you haven’t considered? This webinar shares insights from LAUNCH Together in Southwest Denver on building a network where vulnerability, trauma, and resilience are at the heart of the matter.