At Visible Network Labs, we provide all of the tools, technologies, and services that anyone needs to successfully implement and assess a network intervention. Network interventions are the intentional act of bringing together diverse cross-sector partners to impact a social or health outcome. Many people today find themselves engaged in the “network way of working”- for example, as a leader of a cross-sector community network, a social worker connecting a client to resources, or a policy maker identifying expansion opportunities for a state-wide health initiative. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of personal support networks - like friends and family - as a core component of individual health and well-being. The rise of network approaches in recent years includes collective impact models, restorative justice initiatives, Accountable Health Communities, peer support communities for mental health, and much more.
The network way of working is based on a fundamental belief that collectively we can achieve more than any one can achieve alone.
Our network intervention platform Aspen equips the wellness and healthcare ecosystem to leverage the impact of social support networks, providing data collection and analysis tools to track social support networks at the individual, organizational, and systems levels.
Network Leadership is based on a set of seven values:
Inclusive: Network leadership is something everyone needs. This is not a model only for backbone/leadership organizations, but is designed to help build network leadership skills of anyone interacting with others. This includes managers, partners, funders, advocates, community organizers, residents, clients, and many other types of people/organizations.
Community and Culturally Sensitive: Each community is different and each culture has varying ways of communicating and interacting. There is no one best approach to Network Leadership. Network Leadership builds skills and capacity in order to empower network leaders/members to adapt them to their context, culture, and community.
Relationship Focused: At the heart of Network Leadership is the concepts of interaction, relationships, systems building, and partnerships. Almost everyone is being asked to work across sectors in partnership with others in networks (referred to by many different names such as coalitions, partnerships, collaboratives, and collective impacts) in turn bridging across boundaries and interacting with both the usual and unusual suspects. Network Leadership focuses on ways that people, communities, and organizations interact and how relationships among and within relationships affect one another and their related outcomes.
Skills Based: Network leadership is focused on skills, not a prescribed list of “must do’s,” including a customized set of skills to successfully engage partners in collaborative work.
Data Driven: Network leaders can manage and nurture relationships, but they need data to do it. Network leadership demonstrates how to build an evidence base by collecting and using many different kinds of data to make decisions.
Reflective: With data and experience, Network Leaders practice reflection in collaboration with partners, stakeholders, and communities to determine action steps and strategies.
Adaptive: Network leaders use reflection to adapt their leadership practice. Many types of data are used to inform thinking and decision-making.