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2012 Webinar: The Promise and Perils of Supporting and Evaluating Network Formation and Development

Presenters: Kim Ammann Howard (BTW information change), Melanie Moore (See Change), Claire Reinelt (Leadership Learning Community)

Date: Wednesday, February 15 11:00-12:00 Noon PDT (2:00-3:00PM EDT)

In recent years, leadership funders have begun experimenting widely with how to move beyond investments in programs and organizations to funding the formation and development of networks in order to catalyze greater collective impact. Drawing on the experiences and examples of three leadership and network evaluators, this session explored the following questions.

  • What are the promises and perils of investing in network formation? What evaluation questions are important to ask?
  • What are critical practices for supporting and nurturing the emergence and development of networks? How can evaluation inform the development and support of networks over time?
  • What are promising practices for evaluating network behavior and network effects in the early stages of network formation?

This session provided useful advice on how to fund, support, and evaluate network potential and sustainability in the earliest phases of network formation.

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