Network Leadership Resources

Our Resource Library contains dozens of articles, infographics, and webinars related to building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector community networks. Start by searching for a topic of interest or read our Intro Guide below.

Introduction to Network Leadership
Blogs

Network Leadership is the practice of building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector community partnership with a network approach. While traditional leadership emphasizes hierarchal styles of leadership, network leaders must manage a dynamic environment without formal roles, hierarchies, or authority. There are a lot of common examples

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RECETAS Project
Case Study

Our Work With RECETAS

Explore our partnership with RECETAS, a global project. Visible Network Labs’ Data Science team used our PARTNER CPRM tool to analyze organizational networks in six cities around the world – to help RECETAS better understand an innovative way of promoting mental health and well-being. Learn

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raising your response rate
Briefs

Raising Your Response Rate: A Brief

A Network Science Brief from Visible Network Labs A high response rate is ideal for any survey, but it’s a critically important necessity when it comes to a network survey. This is because network data is not representative, as with most surveys. Each individual in

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How to Analyze a Network Map
Infographics

How to Analyze a Network Map: An Infographic

If you’ve ever looked at a map of a social network, it probably looked like a jumble of interconnected lines and nodes. Without the right skill and training, analyzing such a network map is an incredibly difficult task. You need to have an understanding of

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Blogs

Building a Strong Coalition Means Letting Go of the Reins

When building a coalition, you should set aside your preconceived conceptions and positions concerning your goals, priorities, and policies. Remaining open-minded is one of a network leader’s best tools. After all, a network’s access to different ideas and ways of thinking is one of its

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Blogs

7 Tips for Strategic Networking with Community Partners

A strong network of community partners is a powerful asset to any social change organization. However, it is not easy building these networks, especially if you are new to the challenge. Network science theories and lessons from the field have a great deal to teach

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Webinars

Using Social Network Analysis to Build Collaborative Strategies

https://youtu.be/plXJcRT2ouM Network mapping and social network analysis is a powerful method for visualizing the quality and quantity of connections in a network of partners. It allows you to see who works with who, what resources are exchanged, how partners trust and value one another, and

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Webinars

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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effective network management
Infographics

5 Critical Tasks for Effective Network Management

Managing a network of community partners is no easy task. Unlike typical hierarchical organizations, a network is horizontal with few formal mechanisms for accountability through control. Network leaders have to rely on more abstract ideas like trust and mission alignment to keep their partners accountable,

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Conflict Resolution in Coalitions
Blogs

Conflict Resolution in Coalitions: Causes and Solutions

“I assume that every collaboration will bring conflict that must be managed” ⏤ Nancy Cantor Tweet Conflict in a coalition is normal – in fact, it’s usually a sign that the coalition or network is quite strong and engaged. Its members are passionate and involved,

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Introduction to Network Leadership
Blogs

Network Leadership is the practice of building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector community partnership with a network approach. While traditional leadership emphasizes hierarchal styles of leadership, network leaders must manage a dynamic environment without formal roles, hierarchies, or authority. There are a lot of common examples

Read More »