Strengthen your network with a data-driven learning system

PARTNER allows you to track and visualize your community partnerships over time, enabling you to demonstrate your shared impact on stakeholders while finding more effective and strategic ways to collaborate. Our team of network science experts is here to help at every step along the way.

The "Network Way of Working" is the New Normal..

Yet very few organizations collect or use data to guide the way they collaborate.

The PARTNER CPRM is so much more than a survey. As an all-in-one tracking and learning system, it helps you collect, map, and analyze your data so you can identify gaps and opportunities for more effective collaboration. With numerous report options and the ability to export network maps and visible network profiles, you can easily share your results with partners and the community to make the most of your data.

Powered by network science and social network analysis.

Collaboration has excellent potential – working together increases access to new information, resources, and solutions. However, collaborating requires an investment of time and energy that you could spend elsewhere. How do you know if your network is creating a return from your investment of these critical resources?

Nearly a decade ago, we began developing PARTNER to fill this critical gap for networks. By analyzing the structure, quality, and agreement across a network of community partnerships, we can identify more efficient ways to collaborate and reach shared goals. Request a demo below to get started and see the CPRM for yourself.

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“Using the PARTNER CPRM fundamentally transformed our work. It gave us insight into how well we were doing as a network and informed our strategic approach to development, continuous improvement, and outcomes. It was one of the most important tools we used.”

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Blythe Butler,
Senior Evaluator,
The First 2000 Days Network

How Does the CPRM Work in Practice?

Who Uses the PARTNER CPRM?

Foundations and Philanthropists

Whether you are funding social impact networks or just trying to manage your network of grantees, we can help.


We work with local, state, and federal government organizations to help them strategically leverage networks.

Nonprofits and Community Networks

PARTNER can help you find a more effective way to collaborate while also helping you demonstrate your impact.

Sample PARTNER CPRM Implementation Timeline

Week 1

Shifting Your Network Mindset

We start with a 1-hour webinar called “Thinking Like a Network Scientist.” The goal is to help shift your perspective when it comes to building and evaluating networks. This first step will lay the groundwork for the future.

Week 1
Week 2

Building a Strategic Foundation

In our Kickoff meeting, we walk you through our network strategy planning process to create a foundation to clarify your goals and help guide your approach throughout the project.

Week 2
Weeks 3 through 6

Designing Your Survey

You will spend several weeks designing your survey and deciding what questions you should ask of your partners. Most clients start with our validated survey and then customize it further. 

Weeks 3 through 6
Weeks 7 and 8

Identifying Your Community Partners

Bounding the network involves determining who should receive your survey. This is often the most difficult step in the entire process, as it requires significant reflection about whose perspective you want to hear.

Weeks 7 and 8
Weeks 9 through 14

Launching Your Network Survey

With your survey designed and your partners identified we can finally launch your data and begin collecting data. This process takes several weeks to ensure you have a high enough response rate.

Weeks 9 through 14
Weeks 15 through 19

Analyzing and Reporting Your Data

As we finish collecting data we begin summarizing and analyzing the results. Our team can prepare one of several kinds of reports to help you share your results with other stakeholders.

Weeks 15 through 19
Week 20

Building Capacity for the Future

We finish by training your staff to continue using the CPRM over time to continually track your progress and adapt your strategy accordingly.

Week 20

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PARTNER identifies where you may be over networked so you can cut down on unnecessary partnerships and do more.

Quickly identify the key players in the network with the most influence and connectivity to help you reach your shared goals.

Pinpoint where trust is vital in the network and where it can be improved to guide your relationship-building efforts over time.

Inventory all the resources your partners have available for the network to leverage, such as funding, data, and staff time.

Get an overall sense of how aligned your community partners are regarding your goals, priorities, tactics, and progress.

Attribute new partnerships to your network-building efforts and measure process outcomes to demonstrate progress.

The PARTNER CPRM does an extraordinary job visually demonstrating the collective impact of CBOs and philanthropy working together to achieve a quality of life improvements in communities. PARTNER’s core principles of trust and value humanize and demystify why some cross-sector relationships are strong while others may need some attention. The analysis provides a road map, not only to strengthen community partnership but to maximize their effectiveness.”

Dr. Kameron Hodgens

Executive Director/CEO, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

VNL and their PARTNER network data have been critical components to support County Health Rankings & Roadmaps in analyzing existing networks around the country. VNL provided important training on network science concepts, network mapping and analysis, and SDoH resource allocation within networks. We were able to align health rankings data with VNL’s analysis of inter-organizational relationships and partnerships to identify gaps for targeted outreach.

Justin Rivas

Network Strategist, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

We have worked with VNL over the past five years, and utilized PARTNER to assess the collaborative function of community-based quality improvement learning teams. PARTNER allowed us to assess how we work together for health improvement planning and identify how we can target our efforts to optimize capacity development. It is a pleasure to work with Dr. Varda and her team.

Lea Ayers LaFave, PhD, RN

Health Policy Consultant, JSI Research & Training Institute

Explore our CPRM case studies and ongoing projects.

Learn more about how the PARTNER CPRM works in practice with one of our case studies and project pages. We have dozens of case uses to read through and explore.

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Visit our Network Leadership Resource Library.

Building and managing a network of partners is no easy task. We create and curate a resource library full of network leadership articles, infographics, research, and webinars.

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