Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Large Cross-Sector Partnerships

Session Number: SNA2
Track: Social Network Analysis
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Maryann Maxwell Durland [Owner - Durland Consulting]
Presenter 1: Linda M M Bosma [President - Bosma Consulting, LLC]
Presenter 2: Anne Laesecke [Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - IREX]
Presenter 3: Danielle Varda, Ph.D [Associate Professor - University of Colorado Denver]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Megan Simone Smith, IREX [Senior Program Officer - IREX]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Kimberly Spring [Director, Research and Evaluation - ANNIE E CASEY FOUNDATION]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Christine Velez [Senior Evaluation Specialist - The Evaluation Center, University of Colorado Denver]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Jessica Presley [Consultant]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (05:30 PM - 06:15 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8209

Abstract 1 Title: Using a participatory Social Network Analysis process to inform organizational decision-making: Main Street Project
Presentation Abstract 1: Since 2015, Main Street Project has been using a participatory Social Network Analysis process to examine relationships with its partners.  Main Street developed a poultry-based regenerative agriculture system that engages Latino immigrants in agriculture.  Changing conventional agriculture systems requires productive relationships that help Main Street access scientific expertise to test and develop its model, access markets and consumers, demonstrate that the system is replicable, train new agripreneurs, and engage support.  Through participatory sessions, staff identified organizational partners, types of partnerships essential to success, and organizational attributes.  The evaluator used UCINet and NetDraw software to visualize the relationships.  Main Street was able to assess how partnerships further its mission or where more focus is necessary and is using this information to make decisions to focus future outreach efforts.  This presentation describes the participatory process Main Street undertook to design the network analysis, use the results, and identify next steps.
Abstract 2 Title: Ensuring Sustainability in Leadership Exchange Programs through Social Network Analysis
Presentation Abstract 2: International exchange programs are important for building the skills in global leaders that allow them to effectively work towards community development. Impact from these programs is often sustained through networks that are developed during these exchanges, and social network analysis (SNA) is a key tool for evaluating this. Two US Government funded programs in IREX’s Leadership Practice portfolio, the Community Solutions Program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship (part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)) conducted SNAs to learn more about the networks these programs build and what the secondary impact of these networks might be. This session will discuss findings from those SNAs around network health, key actors, and how these findings are applied to shape programming. We will share strategies and lessons for using SNA to evaluate leadership exchange programs more broadly.
Abstract 3 Title: Translating Network Evaluation into Action Steps to Strengthen Cross-Sector Interorganizational Networks
Presentation Abstract 3: Network evaluations of cross-sector interorganizational networks is challenging in many aspects including collecting and analyzing data. An additional challenge is translating that data into action steps, focused on identifying gaps and leveraging strengths. We present an example of the use of the PARTNER tool (www.partnertool.net) and its accompanying network evaluation framework to evaluate a large, city-wide network of anchor and community organizations addressing economic inclusion. The evaluation had a 72% response rate and successfully identified strengths and weaknesses of the network. Network members noted a number of limitations on which to improve; including failure to engage members of the community in the network work, lack of a data structure, and a need for increased program development and resource sharing among members. Our team identified recommendations based on these findings. This paper will discuss the translation of network data to practice, and present an example of recommendations from this project.
Presentation 3 Other Authors: Sara Sprong, Univeristy of CO Denver; Rebecca Hofkes, University of CO Denver
Theme: Select one
Audience Level: None

Session Abstract (150 words):  Large Cross-Sector Partnerships

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