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.

January 2018 Webinar
Cross-Sector Community Network Evaluations: Stories of Success Using the PARTNER Tool
January 24, 2018, 1:00pm-2:30pm (MST)

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As cross-sector community networks continue to form to address social, economic, and health problems, the need to evaluate and assess their effectiveness also grows. Identifying tools and methods to help us understand these networks can make this work more feasible.

In the Center on Network Science’s Network Leadership from the Field November webinar, we introduced the PARTNER tool (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships- www.partnertool.net) as an option for collecting data in your community using social network analysis. The interest and demand for more examples and information about PARTNER has flooded our offices, so we opted to spend this next webinar digging a little deeper into examples and to give more time to answer questions.

Join us for this webinar to hear the stories of experienced community network evaluators on how they adopted and implemented the PARTNER tool in their communities. They will describe their projects, evaluation challenges, and experiences using PARTNER. We’ll hear from two projects including:

  • Blythe Butler, Network Weaver, First 2000 Days Network: Using PARTNER to guide the strategy and development of the First 2000 Days Network. The First 2000 Days Network’s theory of change is based in network science, high quality collaborative processes, collective impact principles, change management and culture development – all used to improve early childhood development.
     
  • Jennifer Marshall, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida College of Public Health: Using PARTNER to evaluate Florida’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) impact project.

During this one-hour webinar, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask panelists questions about their network evaluation experiences, tips, and challenges.

As an add on to this webinar, we plan to spend an extra half hour after the webinar presentation to answer questions from the PARTNER user (and potential user) community. We were not able to get to all of the questions at the end of November’s webinar (with 25 questions outstanding!) so we thought we would offer this extra time with Dr. Danielle Varda (the author of the PARTNER tool) and the staff from the Center on Network science to answer your questions in real time.

Presenters:

 
Blythe Butler, Network Weaver, First 2000 Days Network

Blythe ButlerBlythe’s practice focuses on change management, evaluation, and capacity building to support the development of adaptive learning cultures within organizations. She is currently implementing the First 2000 Days Network, an innovative ‘collective impact’ initiative using network analysis, developmental evaluation and capacity building to improve both process (systems) outcomes and early childhood development outcomes.

She is an accomplished facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Blythe is known for taking a multi-disciplinary approach to develop strategies that address complex challenges and translating those into practical action.

She currently sits on the Boards of The Human Venture Institute and Bolivia Kids. In 2008 Blythe was named to Calgary’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for her career & community contributions. She holds a BComm in Finance and International Development from the University of Alberta, studied Journalism at Carleton University, Design Marketing at Parsons in New York City, and served as a Parliamentary Page in the House of Commons. Blythe lives in Calgary with her husband and their two children.

Dr. Jennifer Marshall, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida College of Public Health

Dr. Marshall is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and the Lead Evaluator for Florida’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) impact project. She also conducts community-based research assessing infant mortality prevention programs; family-centered care and access to services for families of children with birth defects; and Hillsborough County’s Infant Mental Health Uniting Grant. Her areas of expertise include mixed-methods research, community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and cross-cultural research. She has used PARTNER Tool for two statewide projects and one local initiative.


Past Webinars:

Presenter Title Date                Slides Recording
Michael Quinn Patton Developmental Evaluation: Emergence Strategies January 14, 2015 Developmental Evaluation: Emergence Strategies
Jonny Morell,
Fulcrum Corporation
Cross Boundary Insights: Plans, Critical Incidents, and Outcomes February 11, 2015 Practical Application of Systems to Conduct Evaluation: Cases and Examples

Blog: Surprises in Programs and their Evaluations

View Recording
Jeff Wasbes, SUNY Charter Schools Institute Systems Dynamics: Computer Models to Anticipate and Plan for Surprise March 12, 2015 Practical Application of Systems to Conduct Evaluation: 2015 Conduct Evaluation: Cases and Examples View Recording
Judy Oakden Soft Systems Methodology: The Use of Rich Pictures from Evaluation April 8, 2015 Practical Application of Systems to Conduct Evaluation: Cases and Examples View Recording
Bethany Laursen, Laursen Evaluation & Design Social Network Analysis: Use as a Systems tool When Evaluating Collaboration Capacity May 13, 2015 Social Network Analysis: A Systems Tool for Evaluating Collaboration Networks View Recording
Eve Pinsker Cultural Constraints in Systems: Applying Anthropological Methods in Evaluations June 10, 2015
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
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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:
LESSONS FROM THE FIELD
WEBINAR SERIES
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
Danielle Varda, Center on Network Science Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool November 28, 2017 Network Evaluation Using PARTNER Tool 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.

November 28, 2017: Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool-Danielle Varda, Center on Network Science
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. This webinar provides an introduction to the social network analysis tool, PARTNER (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships – www.partnertool.net) and discusses why and how to use the PARTNER Tool as a SNA approach in evaluation; making evidence-based decisions for effectively managing and improving your network’s outcomes; and how to translate SNA findings into action steps and strategies.