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Who is the Best Person to Take My Network Survey?

If you’ve ever designed a survey, you know that one of the most crucial steps is picking respondents. For a survey of members of an inter-organizational network, this step usually…

Managing Turf in a Network: Keeping it Under Control

This December, we surveyed more than 150 network leaders in our annual State of Networks Survey. The number of people mentioning “turf” as a daily problem in their collaborative work…

New to PARTNER: GIS Map Integration

People have been asking us since we first created PARTNER for GIS mapping functionality. Today, we’re proud to share that you can map your networks geographically as a new feature…

Quotes to Inspire Collaboration and Teamwork

Collaboration isn’t easy – sometimes, a good quote can inspire us to keep working towards our common goals. Here are thirty quotes to inspire collaboration and teamwork that we’ve come…

Create Bias-Free Surveys: Three Pitfalls to Avoid

Bias is pernicious: it creeps into all kinds of research, including surveys and social network analysis! The more bias you introduce into your survey, the less reliable and accurate your…

Networks are the Answer… Right?

While most of us think networks are the answer, it’s not always true. It’s okay to get a little overwhelmed by how over-networked we have become: I certainly do. That…

Why Most Network Maps Miss the Point

Network maps are becoming more popular than ever, and it’s not surprising at all. People are realizing more than ever how much social connections matter and influence outcomes. Network maps…

Three Tips for Better Network Facilitation

Network Stuck? Get Unstuck with a Facilitator! One of the most important, yet overlooked roles in a network is that of a facilitator. A facilitator is a person that makes…

Using Network Analysis to Tell Your Network’s Story

Using data to enhance a network’s story highlights the impact of collaboration amongst community members sharing a common goal. Networks can use data to demonstrate to partners, stakeholders, and funders…

Meet our New Research Analyst: Kyle Brees!

This month we welcomed two new staffers to our Projects Team! This week we spoke with the second of our two new team members, Kyle Brees, our new Research Analyst! …

How to Leverage Value in your network

People collaborate for a simple reason: We find value from building networks with other individuals and organizations. We can do more together than we can alone. However we often view…

How to Survive Change: Trust is the Key

My wife and I have a tradition of watching the sunrise together every year on our anniversary. The first time was on the day we got married. Like most couples,…

How to Nurture a Culture of Exchange

Almost a decade ago, Dutch blogger Joitske Hulsebosch used a phrase in her blog that has stuck with me. The phrase has proved to be quite useful, and as relevant…
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