Resources for Measuring Network Health

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Table of Contents

  • Framing Paper: The State of Network Evaluation (Network Impact, 2014)
  • Diagnostic Tool: Network Effectiveness (Monitor Institute, n.d.)
  • Toolkit: Network Health Scorecard (Arbor Consulting Partners and Network Impact, 2009)
  • Framework: Network Evolution Assessment (Connecting to Change the World, 2015)
  • For further reading

 

Introductory Thoughts

The following resources seek to measure networks – some of which focus specifically on developmental stage of the network. I’ve included the key criteria they use to measure and understand the health of a network.

 

Framing Paper: The State of Network Evaluation (Network Impact, 2014)

  • Focus on 3 parts in evaluating networks: connectivity, health, and results
  • In detail:
    • Connectivity: membership, structure
    • Health: resources, infrastructure, advantage
    • Results: interim outcomes, goal/impacts
  • 5 stages of network development: catalyze, launch, organize, perform/adapt, transition/transform – different evaluation practices at each stage (see page 11)
  • Repackaged in this report: Network Evaluation in Practice (2015)

 

Diagnostic Tool: Network Effectiveness (Monitor Institute, n.d.)

  • Framework to understand effectiveness in many categories
  • Bounded vs. unbounded networks
  • Measurement categories: Value, participation, form, leadership, governance, connection, capacity, learning & adaptation
  • I think this morphed into a GEO tool: How Do We Know if Our Network is Effective?

 

Diagnostic Tool: Network Health Scorecard (Arbor Consulting Partners and Network Impact, 2009)

  • Survey template for assessing the following categories at the network level: purpose, performance, operations, capacity (resources, skills, connections)

 

Diagnostic Tool: Network Evolution Assessment (Connecting to Change the World, 2015)

  • Provides a framework to understand stage of network development across these categories: Connectivity, leadership, activity, communication, coordination, member satisfaction, resources

 

Diagnostic Tool: Characteristics of a Healthy Network (Inverness Research, 2008)

  • Includes: shared vision, connectivity/cohesion, opportunities for participation, governance/administration, etc.

 

Framing Paper: Creating Breakout Innovation (SSIR, 2017)

  • This article is tangentially related, not specifically focused on networks, rather, creating novel ways of approaching problems
  • Authors share 5 practices are common in groups that create breakout innovation: share power, prioritize relationships, leverage heterogeneity, legitimize all ways of knowing, prototype early and often

 

Resources on Network Mapping

 

For further reading

 

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