We work in partnership with organizations in the community to successfully implement and assess network interventions. Click on the logos below to learn more about highlighted projects.



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KIDS COUNT

Organizational Network Analysis of the KIDS COUNT Grantee Network

In partnership with KIDS COUNT, the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Collaborative Governance’s Team will complete the planning and initial implementation for the organizational network evaluation of the KCGN that will (1) assess the partnership engagement process and the level of communication among partners in the KCGN; (2) assess changes in activities, policies, programs, or systems that have occurred as a result of the initiative; (3) identify facilitators and barriers faced by members of the KCGN; and (4) use the information developed through this research to inform future partner efforts.

This KCN is complex, involving leadership from the Annie E Casey Foundation, membership from state-based child advocacy, nonprofit, and research organizations. In total, there are grantees in every US state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each who have developed partnerships at multiple levels throughout the state system. These networks of partners in each state are helping lawmakers, public agencies, and nonprofits understand the nation’s changing demographic profile to encourage more effective programs and policies. KIDS COUNT grantees are building strong relationships with stakeholders to move the discussion from data to larger social change and legislation ( http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/kids-count-network/).

Time-Frame
2015-2016

Funded By
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems (Early Childhood Systems)

Project Partners
Ida Drury, Kempe Center


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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

We have conducted four major projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Scroll to read about each of these projects.

 Hospital Investment & Interaction in Public Health Systems

This project focuses on the growing need to understand the role that hospitals play in the public health system.  The proposed study addresses key questions raised in the PHSSR Research Agenda on the organization and structure of public health systems: 1) How do inter-organizational relationships and patterns of interaction within public health delivery systems impact the effectiveness, efficiency, and outcomes of public health strategies delivered at local, state, and national levels? 2) What conditions and strategies facilitate productive inter-organizational relationships and patterns of interaction among organizations that contribute to public health strategies at local, state, and national levels?  Additionally, this proposal addressing one of the two research priorities identified by RWJF, NNPHI, and the Coordinating Center.  Specifically, “Bridging Public Health and Health Care Systems” and questions such as “What factors facilitate or inhibit the success of strategies to integrate public health and primary care delivery?”, “How do public health delivery system characteristics and capabilities facilitate or inhibit the implementation of novel health care innovations?”, and “How does ACA implementation impact the organization, financing, and delivery of high-value public health strategies and foundational capabilities?” are addressed by this work.

Information gleaned from this research will be useful to public health systems and hospital leaders interested in engaging improving Hospital-PH interaction and investment, and will help identify those factors that facilitate and inhibit public health and health care system integration. Findings from this study will provide key information about factors important to successful collaboration efforts that can be used to increase hospital community benefit expenditures and ultimately positively impact population health in communities. Analysis will help fill substantial gaps in research and help stakeholders better understand how context and mechanisms can make initiatives to increase hospital participation in public health systems and population health activities, like those tied to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more effective and successful. Although this analysis focuses specifically on understanding how PH-Hospital partnerships influence a public health outcome, some of the results may be generalizable to other public health activities that utilize partnerships with other public and private organizations through community level processes.

Time-Frame
2014-2016

Funded By
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems

Project Partners
CO School of Public Health (Greg Tung, Adam Atherly); Rachel Hogg at UK; Lisa VR at CALPHO

 

DIRECTIVE – Practice Based Research Networks in Public Health

Public Health Dissemination and Implementation Research to Improve Value (DIRECTIVE) Studies: Leveraging Practice Based Research Networks to Understand the Value of Public Health Delivery

This project seeks to examine and compare the interactions and differences in local health department (LHD) measures of Accreditation Readiness (AR) and Quality Improvement (QI) in three states (Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas), based on varying system-level D&I support initiatives and the resulting social/professional network of LHDs and state-level partners. In addition, the project will examine differences in financial investment in the system-level D&I initiatives and the cost of discrete QI projects at the local level using methods from DACS projects. Finally, the project will examine the connection between LHD’s QI project topics, QI maturity and AR with related (and unrelated) service measures and health outcomes from a set of the measures developed in the MPROVE project. The purpose of this project is to understand the links between system-level D&I initiatives and investments and QI and accreditation activities at the LHD level.  The PARTNER team will partner to understand the overall relationship and also explore one important aspect of the casual pathway, network connections among LHDs and between LHDs, to understand how state-level partners can modify the relationship between system-level D&I investments/initiatives and LHD QI maturity and AR.

Time-Frame
2013-2015

Funded By
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems

Project Partners
Rachel Hogg, UK; Lisa VR, CALPHO

 

Evaluating the Impact of Organizational Partnerships on Community Resilience

The objective of this project is to provide a detailed analysis and measurement of the outcomes of community partnership requirements. New requirements for improving community disaster resilience in CDC- and ASPR-funded public health emergency preparedness programs provide a natural setting in which to test whether partnerships and coalitions increase public health system capacity and potentially improve program outcomes. This project will take advantage of a natural experiment in Los Angeles County, which has decided to pursue the CDC and ASPR preparedness policy mandate with a new focus on community resilience through community partnerships. The coalition brings together the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and multiple community partners in eight communities in the county.  A formal collaborative structure has been established (within the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience or LACCDR project) and has developed principles of collaboration and a set of interventions (resilience tool kit).  The goal of this project is to measure the impact on a community’s resiliency, measured as networks, before and after participation in the preparedness work.

Time-Frame
2013-2015

Funded By
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks

Project Partners
RAND (Malcolm Williams)

 

Collaborative Approaches in Chronic Disease Prevention: Factors Affecting Implementation of Evidence-based Practices in Local Public Health Coalitions

This project is a research project of the Colorado Public Health Practice Based Research Network (COPHPBRN). COPHPBRN brings together individuals in public health practice and research throughout the state of Colorado to identify relevant questions in practice and connect them with rigorous research that is immediately applicable to practice. This project combines two important topics in public health – evidence-based practice (EBP) and coalition/partnership work. The research will examine how coalitions find, select, share and use evidence-based chronic disease and related risk factor prevention activities. In addition, it will study the role of local public health agencies in coalitions, and their influence on EBP use and adoption. The project will use data from a survey of local public health agency directors and coalition coordinators, a network analysis using the PARTNER tool of eight to ten community coalitions, and interview data collected in a subsample of communities. The project addresses a topic of national significance as public health agencies seek to expand their capacity for supporting evidence-based chronic disease prevention practices through community partnerships. Measuring use of evidence-based practice in public health has become an increasingly important topic of interest within public health systems research. Though it is increasingly important, methodologies for measurement of use and communication of EBPs continue to be problematic.

This project explores how social network analysis can be used as a tool to understand the use, communication and dissemination of EBPs within a coalition setting. The PARTNER tools has allowed this project to think outside of solely how EBP is used into how this information is shared and communicated throughout coalitions/partnerships. We hope that the coalitions we work with through this project will use the data from PARTNER to strengthen their own partnerships as well as understanding how to use and spread EBP throughout their coalitions and partners in all of the work they do.

Funded By
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems

Project Partners
CALPHO, CO School of Public Health


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Million Hearts

In partnership with RAND, the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Collaborative Governance’s Team will complete the planning and initial implementation for the organizational network evaluation of the Million Hearts network to (1) assess the partnership engagement process and the level and strength of interaction among partners in the MH; (2) assess changes in activities, policies, programs, or systems that have occurred as a result of the MH; (3) identify facilitators and barriers of public–private partnerships with the federal government; and (4) use the information developed through the above three aims to inform future partner efforts.

To accomplish these aims and answer these questions, we propose a mixed-methods design. This will include an environmental scan (including a literature review of both peer-reviewed and grey literature), key informant interviews (e.g., state, local and national stakeholders or policymakers), and an SNA of the MHI. These tasks as interrelated, with the environmental scan informing the protocols for the qualitative interviews and SNA and identifying participants for both; the qualitative interviews, in turn, will refine the protocol for the SNA and further aid in bounding the network for it.

Time-Frame
2015-2017

Funded By
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems

Project Partners
RAND (Malcolm Williams)


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Colorado Office of Early Childhood

Social Network Analysis & TA for Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Councils in Colorado were legislated to support systems building and develop relationships that improve services and better coordinate resources for children and their families.  As part of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) effort, a Social Network Analysis was conducted to identify system relationships and develop an evidence base for systems building efforts. With support from the Colorado Department of Human Services, the PARTNER team met with Early Childhood Councils (ECC) in MIECHV (CDPEH) or Health Integration (CO Trust) funded communities to identify members of the early childhood system, develop a map of the “ideal” system, and participate in data collection to assess system relationships. The ECC Coordinator from each community served as the Point of Contact to coordinate a stakeholder meeting and administer a survey to ECC members.  The survey combines the PARTNER survey with the Process Quality/Working Together survey already administered to the ECCs. Each community received a Personalized Coalition Evaluation/Assessment and recommendations for actions steps to engage in systems building.

Time-Frame
2012-2015

Funded By
CO Trust, CO Department of Human Services, CO Department of Public Health and the Environment

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems

Project Partners
Darrin Hicks (DU); Jodi Hardin (Civic Canopy)


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Baltimore Integration Partnership

Organizational Network Analysis of the Baltimore Integration Project

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, in coordination with the Baltimore Integration Partnership (the BIP), has asked the University of Colorado Denver’s Research Center on Collaborative Governance’s PARTNER Team, to conduct an organizational network study that will assess the ways in which the BIP partners collaborate  with one another, as well as with local businesses, residents, and community-based organizations. The 2 year project is intended to identify how economic inclusion for local small and minority businesses and low-income residents is being enhanced through collaboration, within the BIP network.

Time-Frame
2014-2016

Funded By
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Economic Inclusion


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The Colorado Trust

Assessing the System of Care for Young Children With Special Healthcare Needs

With support from The Colorado Trust, the WONDERbabies Partnership for Health exists to coordinate, link, plan, design and implement a system of care for babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs and their families. WONDERbabies Partnership for Health hopes to improve the communication and coordination of systems and services for young children with special health care needs and their families through systems building and change, education and training, and data collection and evaluation.  Using PARTNER, WONDERbabies conducted a social network analysis to look at relationships among families and stakeholders in the system of care for babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs in Colorado. To date, 723 partnerships among 450 stakeholders have been identified and analyzed. The PARTNER results showed how services for children with special health care needs differ vastly between counties in Colorado. As a result, the WONDERbabies website was modified to be more user-friendly for families trying to navigate services (i.e., they click on the county they live in and a list of services available to their specific county comes up).  This work has been published in Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research.

Time-Frame
2008-Present

Funded By
Colorado Trust and Family Voices

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems
Sub: Early Childhood Systems

Project Partners
Ayelet Talmi (SOM, CU)


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FEMA Corps

Expanding National Service Through Partnerships

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) have launched an innovative partnership to establish a FEMA-devoted unit of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), dedicated to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This historic collaboration between the agencies enhances the federal government’s disaster capabilities. This project is a collaboration between Seattle University, the University of CO Denver, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to demonstrate the formation of this partnership, implementation results after one year, and preliminary analysis of factors related to sponsors’ satisfaction with the program.  Preliminary results were presented at the 2014 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations Annual Conference in Denver, CO.

Time-Frame
2014-2015

Research/Evaluation Area
National Service Research

Project Partners
Barbara Lane (CNCS), Diana Epstein (CNCS)


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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Examining Disaster Recovery Relationships between PH and NGOs

Hurricane Sandy highlighted the invaluable role of community-based organizations (CBO) in disaster resilience and recovery, yet evidence-based assessment of collaboration models that help local public health departments improve their partnerships with these entities to support more effective recovery are lacking. RAND, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Colorado, Denver have partnered with the New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to conduct a study of disaster recovery partnerships. The study goal is to protect Americans’ health and safety during emergencies by fostering the inter-organizational networks that contribute to the public health system’s resilience in response to emergencies.

Time-Frame
2013-2014

Funded By
The HHS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks

Products
PRACTIS (Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors)

Project Partners
RAND (Joie Acosta), NYDOMH, UCLA

 

Developing Measures to Assess the Quality and Nature of Health Care Coalition Relationships: The Healthcare Coalition PARTNER Tool

The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is intended to galvanize efforts to ensure that the nation is prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health incidents with potentially negative health consequences.  This project seeks to develop and validate measures to assess the nature and quality of relationships among organizational members of healthcare coalitions participating in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). To foster and maintain effective healthcare coalitions that can bolster national health security, measures and tools are needed to determine if the coalition is working effectively. In this project, the PARTNER tool was modified to measure HPP coalitions. The results are summarized in this final report (LINK).  This report should be of interest to a range of national health security stakeholders, including federal, state, and local governments; healthcare providers; businesses, academia, and nonprofits; and communities, and individuals. This work was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under Contract HHSP233200800565G. The research was conducted in RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation. A profile of RAND Health, abstracts of its publications, and ordering information can be found at www.rand.org/health.

Time-Frame
2011-2013

Funded By
The Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (HHS, ASPR)

Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks

Project Partners
RAND (Anita Chandra)


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First 2000 Days - Early Childhood Development Network

In partnership with First 2000 Days, the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Collaborative Governance’s Team embarked on a detailed Social Network Analysis to gather baseline data to determine the health of the First 2000 Days Network. A sample of the early childhood development system in Calgary, Alberta, Canada participated in the survey. The Network worked with the team of the University of Colorado Denver to customize the PARTNER tool, including input from Darrin Hicks (University of Denver) and his research on the Process, Quality, and Working Together Scale.

Time-Frame
June 2015 – November 2016 (ongoing)

Funded By
With support from an Anonymous Donor and the United Way of Calgary & Area

Research/Evaluation Area
Early Childhood Development

Project Partners
Blythe Butler, First 2000 Days Network Weaver & Project Lead
Samantha Berger, First 2000 Days Network Evaluator
Darrin Hicks, University of Denver