Network Leadership from the Field

A Visible Network Labs Webinar Series

Join us as we explore innovative ideas and new solutions about building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector networks of community partners.

Building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector coalitions and networks isn't easy. Our webinars can help.

Our signature webinar series features guest leaders from the community who are building, managing and evaluating networks out in the field. They share their advice and provide skill development on a variety of network leadership advice. You will finish each session with new ideas and tips to put into practice, no matter your background or what sector you represent.

Webinar Series Schedule

Virtual Facilitation webinar COVID has changed the way we collaborate and meet online. Face-to-face meetings and conversations have been replaced by zoom meetings, webinars, phone calls, and slack messages. In this engaging webinar with Ericka Burroughs-Girardi from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, we learned about some great tips and tricks for creating engaging virtual events and meetings in this post-COVID-19 pandemic world.

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Ecosystem Mapping and tracking All organizations exist within an ecosystem of agents in their industry or field. Hospitals are embedded in a complex healthcare system – schools must navigate a mutli-layered educational ecosystem – the examples are numerous. In this exciting VNL webinar, our CEO Dr. Danielle Varda shared how you can map and track your ecosystem to identify actionable strategies and insights to improve the way you leverage your network and partners.

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The pandemic affected society in many ways, including local, national, and international food systems. The number of families and children facing hunger rose dramatically in the early days of the pandemic, forcing nonprofit and public sector leaders to find new ways to share resources and build collaborative solutions. In this great VNL webinar we gathered five leaders from the food system industry to discuss what they learned through the experience.

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Social network analysis is an important technical skill for network leaders. It provides a lens to visualize, analyze, and interpret the structure and quality of your partnerships to help you identify gaps and opportunities to scale your collaborative impact. In this webinar with three VNL partners, we share how they are using social network analysis to build and inform their collaborative strategies and scale their collective impact.

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Network Leadership Webinar Archive

Using PARTNER CPRM to Strengthen Connections: A Webinar

To address wicked problems like social isolation and social need, we need to take network approaches that leverage coalitions of community partners to achieve collective impact. However, without some kind of data to guide your efforts, this work can be difficult to achieve any significant

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Strengthening Social Connectedness in Rural Communities

Strengthening Social Connectedness in Rural Communities: A Webinar

Rural communities are full of social connections. Everyone seems to know everyone and is willing to help at a moment’s notice. However, despite this personal resilience, rural communities also face greater challenges related to transportation, internet access, and social services and resources. A number of

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Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Veterans: A Webinar

Social connectedness plays an important role in the health and well-being of veterans. From physical health and wellness to mental health issues like depression, PTSD or suicide, providing strong social support is a demonstrated way to improve outcomes across the board. However, despite the evidence,

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Food Systems and Network Leadership Lessons From the Pandemic

The past year has created pressing new demands on social service providers, including food banks, nonprofits, and other food-related organizations. While the food systems sector was already a hub for collaborative innovation, COVID-19 further accelerated the importance of network leadership skills and strategy for those

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Ecosystem Mapping and tracking

Webinar: Ecosystem Mapping and Tracking with PARTNER

https://youtu.be/1EpAPAqmjSQ Ecosystem Mapping and Tracking Can Teach You a LOT. An ecosystem consists of all the organizations, individuals, programs, and other entities that interact and interconnect to affect the outcomes of your work. For example, the healthcare ecosystem includes organizations like hospitals, clinics, public health

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Virtual Facilitation webinar

Webinar: Virtual Facilitation in the Age of COVID-19

https://youtu.be/phi5IWIBdiM Virtual Facilitation Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult… Our Webinar Can Help! COVID-19 has changed the way network leaders meet and engage with each other. Given the very real need to avoid face-to-face interactions and socially distance, many are turning to virtual facilitation to fill

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Translating Network Data Into Actionable Insights

Translating Network Data Into Actionable Insights – September 2020 Network Leadership Webinar

https://youtu.be/UTH3hHITDBA Translating Network Data Into Actionable Insights An organizational network analysis provides valuable information to drive your collaborative strategy and better manage your community partnerships. However the key impact comes from translating network data into actionable insights that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your

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Evaluating Collaboration From the Ground Up

Evaluating Collaboration From the Ground Up: August 2019 Webinar

Evaluating Collaboration: A Webinar Starting an evaluation of a coalition, network or other inter-organizational partnership isn’t easy.  Leah Perkinson of Evergreen Consulting joined us for an hour-long discussion on evaluating collaboration the right way to make the most of your analysis. She’s joined by VNL

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Network Leader Insights

Network Leader Insights from the Real World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgXiCNkNSV4In this webinar, we look at the experience of Data Across Sectors for Health, a data-sharing network in the public health field, sharing network leader insights they’ve learned along the way! Peter Eckart directs the Center for Health and Information Technology at the Illinois Public Health

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Network Governance Webinar

Network Governance Webinar: Governance as an Empowerment Tool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6myhV-r1tc As collaboration across organizational boundaries is becoming more and more common, the need to explore how to “govern” or manage/facilitate/lead networks of partners, continues to grow. The rise of the Collective Impact model guided many networks in strategies for utilizing a backbone organization as

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Taking an Upstream Health Approach

Taking an Upstream Health Approach with Neighborhood Networks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCNBbxNh6Lc This webinar will explore how to intentionally consider social capital and connectedness as a way to improve organizations and community health, education, and the economy. By highlighting the example of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), Dr. Jeff Kuhr will share their process of restructuring

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Using Network Analysis to Design Better Health Systems

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU-9_bgM1Gc 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

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Webinar: Network Evaluation Using the Partner Tool

https://www.youtube.com/embed/E48V_i5D0M8 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

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Webinar: Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times

https://www.youtube.com/embed/piEBg1y24sU 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

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Webinar: Collaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network’s Connections

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ex3YlE4EmYcCollaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network’s Connections. 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

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Webinar: Mixed Method Approach to Assess a Network Intervention of Public & Private Sector Partners: The Example of Million Hearts

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_t5luYMsB0AMore and more a “network intervention” is the chosen approach for addressing complex public health issues. This webinar will provide an example of network intervention by highlighting the Million Hearts Initiative’s (MHI), an initiative of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Center for

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Webinar: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders

https://www.youtube.com/embed/jhVYE9a50Dw 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

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Webinar: Using Network Analysis to Evaluate Early Childhood Systems of Care

https://www.youtube.com/embed/8cM4dSktjUcJoin this webinar to learn about using social network analysis to better understand, leverage, and evaluate organizations collaborating together. SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Project LAUNCH sites are pioneering new ways to promote young children’s wellness by funding states and tribes to

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