Case Uses

Case Uses2019-05-01T00:04:12-07:00

Colorado: Regional Health connectors

About this project: The Colorado Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) program is developing a new workforce in Colorado. Regional Health Connectors connect primary care practices and local resources to ensure communities have systems that enable residents to be healthy both in and outside of the clinic setting. RHCs will strengthen connections between clinical care and community organizations; coordinate activities to reduce gaps in the health system; and integrate clinical and community-based strategies to address local health care priorities.
RHC Evaluation. The RHC program contracted with the Visible Network Labs to conduct a Social Network Analysis on the networks that have been developed through the RHC program in each of the 21 regions. This project focused on the following questions: • What organizations are part the RHC network, and how are they working together? • What are the benefits and challenges of working with the RHC to build a stronger network? • How does the nature of the network change with the RHC intervention? • To what extent does the RHC contribute to network change and system evolution?

CANADA: First 2000 Days Network,

About this project. The First 2000 Days Network is a collective response of community members, organizations, professionals with a passion for making progress on our vision. The First 2000 Days Network acts as a catalyst for linking, aligning and leveraging efforts in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) system to enable collective action toward improving ECD outcomes. The Network focuses on inter-organizational capacity and systems change. The Network supports various strategic opportunities directly and indirectly. This data collection is intended to test the Network’s Theory of Change by assessing the quality of relationships and collaboration between individuals involved in different parts of the Network’s intentional strategies, the outcomes from these relationships, and respondents’ perception of the Network’s process quality and outcomes.
Methods. To answer these research questions, Visible Network Labs conducted a Social Network Analysis using the PARTNER Tool.


About this project. Just five years after the 1990 publication of the first KIDS COUNT Data Book, a nationwide KIDS COUNT Network had been established, guided by a member-led revolving steering committee. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this 53-member network is comprised of organizations from every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over the past 20 years, the Casey Foundation has invested in the Network’s leadership, capacity for advocacy and organizational health, resulting in a network of partners in each state that are helping lawmakers, public agencies, and nonprofits understand the nation’s changing demographic profile to encourage more effective programs and policies. Methods. This report provides the findings of a study conducted by the Center on Network Science between September and November of 2016, utilizing PARTNER to conduct an organizational network analysis methodology to collect data from the Network members on various aspects of the Network. This study provides a data-informed evidence base about the successes and challenges of the KIDS COUNT Network, and methods for how this initiative might grow and strengthen strategically within an ever-changing landscape.

COLORADO: Early Childhood councils

About this project. There are currently 30 Early Childhood Councils in the state of Colorado; these ECCs work to create local collaboratives in order to improve accessibility and quality of early childhood services throughout Colorado. These services include: education; social,emotional, and mental health; physical health; and family support/parent education.
Methods. In partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Trust, and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the PARTNER Team conducted a 3-year project with Early Childhood Councils (ECC) throughout the state of Colorado. The project was conducted in 12 Home Visitation (MIECHV) and Health Integration funded communities with the aim of identifying ECC network relationships, developing a map of the “ideal” system, and collecting data to assess system relationships.
A customized PARTNER survey was distributed to the participating ECC communities in April of 2013 and again in September of 2014; this survey had 394 respondents in total from all 12 communities. Each ECC had a Coordinator that was responsible for administering the survey to their collaborative members.

Million hearts initiative

About this project: The Million Hearts® network is comprised of a core group of federal and private sector partners that participate in Million Hearts® activities and align with initiative priorities. To bound the network for the SNA, we used a list of 58 organizations (74% response rate) from a previously completed qualitative analysis of Million Hearts® partnerships.
Methods: We used the online PARTNER (Program to Analyze Record and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships survey to collect data on individual organizational characteristics and relational questions that asked organizations to identify and describe their relationships with other partners in the network. Key SNA measures include network density, centralizations, value, and trust.
Results: Our analyses show a network that is decentralized, has strong perceptions of trust and value among its members, and strong agreement on intended outcomes.

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