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These free webinars are based on the premise that everyone involved in a network requires network leadership skills 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.

2019 Webinars

Jan 2019 Webinar Announcement

January 23 Webinar

Webinar Overview: This webinar will explore how network evaluation & analysis can be used to aid in the process of designing better health systems at the organizational level. Three key considerations will be discussed: 1) diversity of participants, 2) equity in governance, and 3) centrality of the coordinating entity. 

Presenter Info: Stephanie Bultema is a Senior Researcher at University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Network Science and Senior Research Scientist at Visible Network Labs where she co-founded and directs the Network Science Fellowship. Her research focuses on large-scale collaboration, community development, and designing interventions for system improvement through the study of inter-organizational networks. Stephanie has worked with dozens of public, health care, and community-based organizations on a wide range of community assessment, planning, evaluation, and capacity-building projects.

Full Webinar Description: Organizations are key players in improving health equity, but it can be challenging to assess organizational landscapes. How can we ensure populations are receiving equitable access to services if there is little understanding of the inter-organizational network of care within health systems?

One answer to addressing health inequity is to ensure organizations are collaborating and distributing resources across sectors and geographic boundaries to provide equitable access to care and services for all people, whether they live in urban or rural neighborhoods and regardless of their preferred point of access (church, school, health clinic). Descriptive network analysis can be used to understand inter-organizational collaboration and inform the design of network interventions to improve health equity.

This webinar will explore how network evaluation and analysis can be used to aid in the process of designing better health systems at the organizational level. Three key considerations will be discussed: 1) diversity of participants, 2) equity in governance, and 3) centrality of the coordinating entity.

In particular, this webinar will highlight findings from a network analysis of Eastern Washington’s health system that can help participants understand how to assess strong and weak points of a health system structure and use it as a planning tool to guide system improvement efforts and as a baseline for evaluation of the health system over time. As well as how to identify areas where organizations can improve equitable access to and provision of services by changing various collaborative practices to ensure resources are available to those who need them most.

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Explore past webinars from Visible Network Labs staff and partners. 

Jan 24 2018 Webinar: Cross-Sector Community Network Evaluations: Stories of Success Using the PARTNER Tool

Presenters: Blythe Butler, First 2000 Days Network & Jennifer Marshall, Florida’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Hear from a panel of experienced community network evaluators on how they adopted and implemented the social network analysis tool, PARTNER, to evaluate the relationships and outcomes within their networks.

Slides available here

Nov 28 2017 Webinar: Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool

Presenter: Danielle Varda, Visible Network Labs

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.

Slides available here


Oct 26 2017 Webinar: Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times

Presenter: Jenna Bannon, Denver’s Early Childhood Council

When the Rules Don't Apply: 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? Join the Center on Network Science and Jenna Bannon for a conversation about network-building where vulnerability, trauma, and resilience are at the heart of the matter.

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Sept 18 2017 Webinar: Collaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network's Connections

Presenter: Katie Edwards, Nonprofit Centers Network

The first step to forming a network is getting the right people in the room. The second step is to get them talking to one another. Join Katie Edwards, Executive Director, of the Nonprofit Centers Network, as she shares tools for getting your network members to share deeply, discover common goals, and map your way to collective solutions.

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Jan 26 2017 Webinar: A Network Approach to Fostering Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation within Public Sector Agencies

Presenters: Bianca Klein and Dylan Mroszczyk-McDonald, National Park Service

As the pace of change accelerates globally, institutions designed to function in simpler times are strained. As task complexities increase, budgets are being simultaneously trimmed and public sector employees are increasingly taking on more work. Often this tendency to "do more with less" comes at the cost of work-life balance, workplace satisfaction, and morale, which can causes recruitment and retention problems for agencies.

Slides available here

Feb 15 2017 Webinar: Leading Networks toward Action: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders

Presenter: Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, National Rural Health Resource Center

More and more organizations, groups, and industries are recognizing that complex issues can't be addressed from one direction alone. To achieve sustainable outcomes, representatives of diverse stakeholder groups are coming together in networks and coalitions to develop and implement mutually beneficial solutions.

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