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Creating Data-Driven Network Strategies
A Learning Lab Online Course

In this online course, you’ll learn how to create a data-driven strategy for your network of community partners, step 2 of our PARTNER Method for network strategy. The course is currently in development and will launch soon! Sign up for updates to the right.

The online course is built on the same core network leadership principles that have driven our trainings for nearly a decade, with more than 600 alumni to date.

Everyone in the course will receive a custom PARTNER survey designed for creating network strategies. Survey your partners to create strategy collaboratively.

Leading a network isn't easy. Our online course will help.

More than ever, organizations from all sectors are building networks to help improve societal outcomes. In public health, education, early childhood systems and more, collaboration is seen as key to solving wicked problems. 

However building and maintaining networks takes time, and it isn’t easy to prove all that effort is making a difference. Our new online course will focus on providing you the skill, knowledge and tools you need to collect data and leverage network science to build a network strategy. Armed with this training, you’ll be ready to start building a more strategic network.

What is a network strategy?
Module 1:
Thinking Like a Network Scientist
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This course teaches the first step of the PARTNER method, shifting your mindset to a network science perspective.

What is organizational network analysis?
Module 2: Designing a Network Strategy
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Social Network Analysis Can Teach You
Module 3: Tracking Your Network Strategy
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types of organizational networks
Module 4: Adapting Your Network Strategy
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Module 5: Enacting Your Network Strategy
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What will the online course cover?

There are many different types of networks, each better suited for different goals and purposes. This includes alliances & coalitions, associations, communities of practice, regenerative networks, and others. We cover some of the main options available, and what you should consider in making a decision for your network.

There are many different ways to connect a set of partners within a network. We call this the network’s structure. Dense structures are good for some strategies, like information sharing and peer-learning, while others are better open, like research and innovation networks. The use of network science principles like the strength of weak ties can further guide you towards more strategic and efficient structures.

Deciding who should be a member of your network is an important part of your strategy. Sometimes, informal membership policies work, while in other situations you will need more formal processes, like applications and retention rules. Considerations of diversity and equity are also important for all networks to be healthy and effective.

Governance is an important function for networks, and there are many ways to do it, from Backbone Organizations to Shared Governance systmes. We’ll introduce you to a broad range of options to choose frrom.