Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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(31) Evaluating Organizational Collaboration and Networks

Session Number: 31
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Rebecca Woodland [Associate Professor - University of Massachusetts Amherst]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (08:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Room: International South 5

Audience Level: Intermediate
Learning Outcomes: • To recognize five fundamental stages of evaluation of organizational collaboration embodied in the Collaboration Evaluation and Improvement Framework (Woodland & Hutton, 2012)
• How to operationalize “collaboration” so as to understand and be able to evaluate the construct
• To use field-tested and validated strategies, tools and protocols used in the qualitative and quantitative assessment of collaboration
• How social network analysis can be utilized to inventory, visualize, and mathematically describe the development of organizational collaboration and networks over time
• To recognize that an increase in partnerships or “more” is not necessarily better
• To recognize, energize, and re-organize patterns of interaction between people and organizations so as to more effectively address complex societal issues.

Session Abstract: 

“Collaboration” is a ubiquitous, yet misunderstood, under-empiricized and un-operationalized construct. Program leaders and organizational stakeholders looking to do and be collaborative struggle to identify, practice and evaluate it with efficacy. In this workshop,attendees will explore how the principles of collaboration theory can be used to plan, evaluate, and improve strategic alliances and professional collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to increase their capacity to quantitatively and qualitatively examine the development of inter- and intra-organizational partnerships. Attendees will use practice strategies for assessing levels of integration, stages of development, cycles of inquiry, structures of networks, and specific tools for data collection, analysis and reporting. Attendees will explore techniques that are currently being used in the evaluation of organizational collaboration in a range of settings and sectors, including PreK-16 educational reform and the development of professional learning communities, grant and contract sponsored endeavors such as the Massachusetts’ Board of Registered Nurses Patient Safety Initiative, CDC sponsored activities of the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), the federal Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and EPsCoR/NSF grant-sponsored inter-jurisdictional research programs.

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