Network Literature Review: Conceptualizing and Evaluating Networks
This review was developed for the Southern Alberta Child and Youth Health Network. It provides practitioners, researchers, and evaluators with an overview of networks addressing issues such as why networks exist, and how they operate. The vision, structure, function and service delivery aspects of networks are discussed. In addition, this review identifies several outcome measures for evaluation of networks. Four levels of analysis for evaluation are suggested: Community, Network, Organization, and Individual. A summary of network concepts and issues is provided.
Core Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives
To learn more about the principles behind PARTNER, take a look at the recent publication in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (Varda et al. 2008).
Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving
by Valdis Krebs and June Holley
Communities are built on connections. Better connections usually provide better opportunities. But, what are better connections, and how do they lead to more effective and productive communities? How do we build connected communities that create, and take advantage of, opportunities in their region or marketplace? How does success emerge from the complex interactions within communities? This paper investigates building sustainable communities through improving their connectivity – internally and externally – using network ties to create economic opportunities. Improved connectivity is created through an iterative process of knowing the network and knitting the network.
Monitoring and Measuring Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives with PARTNER
This presentation outlines the motivation for using PARTNER, demonstrates the way PARTNER works, and the kinds of results you can expect by using PARTNER.
Using Network Data to Implement Strategic Collaborative Management Strategies
Once you have collected network data, there are many ways to use it including describing the connectivity among your partners, taking stock of available resources and how they are exchanged, considering how to connect and leverage valuable partners, and identifying gaps and vulnerable points with the network. All of this information can be used as a strategic thinking exercise with your collaborative and a way to develop action steps for where to go next with the group. This presentation is a summary example of using data to practice strategic collaborative management.
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