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8 feb11 net_impact

  1. 1. What are the skills needed for assessing network impact?<br />NNF COP: Feb 8, 2011<br />Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0<br />
  2. 2. NNF COP 8 Feb 2011Today’s Conversation<br /><ul><li>What are your best / worst experiences working with network evaluators?
  3. 3. What roles might network evaluators play?
  4. 4. What skills are required to do this work?
  5. 5. What baseline knowledge of networks is needed?
  6. 6. How can you apply these skills in your work?</li></li></ul><li>NNF COP 8 Feb 2011What roles might network evaluators play?<br />Third party / neutral assessor of the network at a point in time (outcomes evaluator)<br /> vs.<br />Creator of systems for ongoing feedback & assessment (process evaluator)<br /> vs.<br />Longer-term network coach and participant─ focused on improving the effectiveness of the network(participant observer)<br />Is there an ‘appropriate’ role? <br />What considerations should be kept in mind for each role?<br />
  7. 7. NNF COP 8 Feb 2011What skills are required to do this work?<br /><ul><li>Adaptability
  8. 8. Emotional intelligence
  9. 9. Communication
  10. 10. Capability building
  11. 11. Personal awareness of role / position / influence in the network
  12. 12. Ability to test and challenge assumptions
  13. 13. Fluency in multiple methods
  14. 14. Ability to assess at both the macro and micro levels
  15. 15. Ability to capture both expected and unexpected outcomes
  16. 16. Knowledge of networks, and/or knowledge of complex systems</li></ul>How does this compare to traditional evaluation skills?<br />
  17. 17. NNF COP 8 Feb 2011What baseline knowledge of networks is needed?<br />An understanding of…<br /><ul><li>Network effects (e.g. reach, resilience)
  18. 18. Network weaving
  19. 19. Network metrics
  20. 20. Characteristics of healthy networks and how this relates to lifecycle stage
  21. 21. Network impact
  22. 22. Networks as a means towards ends, and as an end in themselves
  23. 23. Social network analysis (?)</li></ul>How important is this knowledge – and how important is it vs. other skills?<br />

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