CFMC NWLC 20101021

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This is the fourth and final presentation for network weavers. Focus: network tools (network mapping and evaluation)

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  • Groups of 2-3 share for 5-6 min. Report out from volunteers back in large group
  • Everyone participates in networks. The study and practice of multi-stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and organizational development are also well-established disciplines that inform our understanding of networks. What’s different now is that a wave of new technologies—from conference calls and e-mails to blogs, wikis, tags, texts, and tweets— allow people to more easily visualize, communicate with, and act on existing personal and professional networks, and to forge strong connections with new ones. These tools make it possible to link with any number of people (irrespective of geographic distance), to access a greater diversity of perspectives, to accelerate the sharing of information, and to drastically reduce the costs of participation and coordination. That makes them well suited to facilitating progress on complex social and environmental challenges that require people and organizations to coordinate their efforts across traditional boundaries and sectors.[i]
    [i] Scearce D, Kasper G, Grant H. Working Wikliy. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2010.
  • Are there any topics or issues you’d like to discuss or review?
  • Results:
    This question informs us of network cohesion.
    Responses indicate a genuine desire to form partnerships and work with other network members. This is an optimal outcome of the sharing and learning lifecycle phases.
    At the appropriate times, Network Weavers may capitalize on network cohesion by providing encouragement and guidance for productive network action.
    Note: 68% want to share information, 60% want to share experiences, 56% want to teach others, 50% want to contribute action ideas.
  • Fifth meeting, ongoing learning
  • Weavers establish measures of success for next 30 days…
  • CFMC NWLC 20101021

    1. 1. 1 Social Network Support Project: Network Weaver Learning Community Network Tools: Fourth in a Series of Four Sessions Community Foundation for Monterey County October 21, 2010 Thank you June Holley of Network Weaving, Monitor Institute, and Packard Foundation
    2. 2. 2 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    3. 3. 3 Why Use Social Networks?
    4. 4. 4 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    5. 5. 5
    6. 6. 6 6 Overall Training Goals By the end of the four sessions, participants will • be inspired to work with a network mindset and to continue weaving and building networks • have a deeper understanding of network theory, as it applies to social networks, and characteristics of a healthy network • be able to recognize the qualities of network weavers/leaders; recognize and affirm individual weaver qualities and successes • understand network life cycles • appreciate the role of evaluating networks and learn how the network can help evaluate its own progress • have practiced applying weaver practices and shared their challenges and learnings with each other • have received an introduction to network mapping software
    7. 7. 7 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    8. 8. 8 8 Core Link Node Cluster Periphery Hub A Few Helpful Definitions Monitor Institute
    9. 9. 9Source: Valdis Krebs and June Holley, Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving How Networks Progress and Evolve 1. 2. 3. 4.Multi-Hub Small World Core Periphery Hub and SpokeScattered Clusters
    10. 10. 10 Value Participation Form Leadership Connection Capacity Learning & Adaptation  Clearly articulated give and get for participants  Delivers value/ outcomes to participants  Trust  Diversity  High engagement  Balance of top-down and bottom-up logic  Space for self-organized action  Embraces openness, transparency, decentralization  Shared leadership  Strategic use of social media  Ample shared space: on-line and in-person  Ability surface & tap network talent  Model for sustainability  Mechanisms for learning-capture  Ability to gather and act on feedback Governance  Representative of the network’s diversity  Transparent Helpful Sources: M. Kearns and K. Showalter; J. Holley and V. Krebs; P. Plastrik and M. Taylor; J. W. Skillern; C. Shirky Characteristics of Healthy Networks: Overview
    11. 11. 11 Network Maps as an Evaluation Tool (Diversity, Resources from Periphery) Literacy: Future Potential Collab With whom would you like to collaborate with in the next six months on an adult literacy project? Salinas Monterey Peninsula Monterey County South County By geography served more than one area did not take survey
    12. 12. 12 incomplete data Future Content watershed culture ocean and aquatic env water land none other Network Maps as an Evaluation Tool (Value and Engagement) Environment: Future Content Which of these content areas might your organization add to its focus in the next 1-3 years?
    13. 13. 13 Network Maps as an Evaluation Tool (Diversity) Greenfield Spanish, Mixteco English, Spanish Spanish, Oaxacan + Organization Languages Other Spanish English, Spanish, Oaxacan In which languages does your organization provide services?
    14. 14. 14 Network Maps as an Evaluation Tool (Safety and violence/gang prevention) Individuals working on safety and violence prevention issues appear to be very central to the overall network, are better networked with one another; and have a larger periphery 20102007
    15. 15. 15 Network Maps as an Evaluation Tool (Health, Sexuality, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention) While fewer in numbers, in terms of primary interest, individuals working on health issues and teen pregnancy prevention are better connected in 2010 than in 2007. 2010 2007
    16. 16. 16 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    17. 17. 17 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    18. 18. 18 Research Questions • Could knowing how networks connect, share, and mobilization teach foundations how to be more effective sponsors of community change? • How might the impacts of social networks transform grant making and program development?
    19. 19. 19 Research Questions What is Assessed? What is Measured? • Operations: connectivity – nodes, links, clusters, and hubs depicted by mapping results • Network health: lifecycle phase • Impacts and Outcomes: successes and achievements
    20. 20. 20 Repository Outcomes:  Capacity for Learning  Network Participation  Network Sustainability Network Weavers: ● Convener • Communication conduit • Knowledge generator • Information repositor Action Share LearnSharing Outcomes:  Cohesion & Cooperation  Network Information Repository Learning Outcomes:  Information Utilization  Repository Content Increase quantity or quality  Knowledge flow Action flow Action Outcomes:  Influence on Community Change  Nonprofit Effectiveness  Synergistic Endeavors Reposit Evaluation Criteria Network Operations
    21. 21. 21 Evaluation Criteria Sustainability Focus & Growth Productivity Sustainability Network Life Cycle Formation Focus Growth Decline or Renewal Creech and Ramji
    22. 22. 22 Evaluation Criteria Phase Characteristics Formation Phase: Network Weavers act as leaders, educators, and strategists to effectively support the network Network members share with and learn from each other, establish relationships, but work independently. May gain productivity as a result of the information repository but not necessarily through joint activities
    23. 23. 23 Evaluation Criteria Phase Characteristics Focus and Growth Phase: Network Weavers act as leader and facilitator Network members plan and work collaboratively with joint purpose and goals
    24. 24. 24 Evaluation Criteria Phase Characteristics Productivity and Sustainability Phase: Network Weavers foster “collective leadership” Network members are group oriented, active, productive, achieve measurable successes
    25. 25. 25 Evaluation Criteria Phase Characteristics Decline/Renewal Phase: Network Weavers role is filled by successive leaders. Encourage, renew, remind Network members change, recombine, revise strategies, regenerate
    26. 26. 26 Evaluation Methodology • Logic Modeling • Online Survey of Network Members • Analysis of Network and Aggregate Responses • Recommendations, Next Steps • Network Learning Community • Share with Foundation Community
    27. 27. 27 Evaluation Methodology Network Network Survey April 2010 Literacy Survey Pool: 27 Survey responses: 20 Response rate: 70% Greenfield Survey Pool : 28 Survey responses: 22 Response rate: 79% Environment Survey Pool : 11 Survey responses: 8 Response rate: 70%
    28. 28. 28 1. What do you want to do as a member of this group? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option Improve my organization's practices Action 28 56%               Learn how other organizations operate Learn 27 54% Share resources, funding, expenses with others Share 36 72% Ask a question about a specific topic Learn 7 14% Influence or improve a service, system, or policy Action 25 50% Learn how to reach influential people Learn 15 30% Other - 8 16% 0 25 50 75 100 n = 50
    29. 29. 29 2. What do you want to contribute to this group? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Responses Respondents Selecting this Option My knowledge, expertise, or program materials Share 34 68%               My experiences in program service delivery Share 30 60% Experiences in program administration or funding Share 15 30% Teach others about my organization Share 28 56% My ideas for group collaboration Share 23 46% My concerns the group can address Action 25 50% Other - 3 6% n = 50 0 25 50 75 100
    30. 30. 30 3. Who do you want to influence through this group? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option Other group members Action 32 64%               Others outside of the group Action 30 60% Policy makers, elected officials, managers Action 38 76% Funders Action 31 62% Consumers/potential consumers Action 34 68% Consultants, vendors, contractors Action 9 18% Other - 1 2% n = 50   0 25 50 75 100
    31. 31. 31 4. So far, what have you gained as a member of this group? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option More knowledge of local organizations Learn 42 84%               More knowledge of valuable resources Learn 27 54% More access to influential people Action 10 20% Stronger connections to other members Learn 31 62% More knowledge of network benefits Learn 24 48% More knowledge how to increase capacity Learn 18 36% Nothing has changed yet - 6 12% n = 50   0 25 50 75 100
    32. 32. 32 5. What would make it easier to be more active in this group? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option More online group activities Action 11 22%               More face-to-face time Action 16 32% Common concerns, priorities, tasks Action 33 66% More resources to help meet my goals Learn 22 44% More examples of how to work together Learn 22 44% More reminders & ideas of how to participate Share 11 22% Other - 6 12% n = 50 0 25 50 75 100
    33. 33. 33 6. Are you aware of mutual concerns this group is working on? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option Yes, I know of one or more Action 33 66%               No, no specific concerns Action 5 10% I don’t know if any have been identified Action 12 24% n = 50 0 25 50 75 100
    34. 34. 34 7. So far, how beneficial has network membership been to you/your organization? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option Beneficial - 23 46%               Somewhat Beneficial - 19 38% Not Beneficial - 3 6% I’m not sure - 5 10% n = 50 0 25 50 75 100
    35. 35. 35 8. In the future, how beneficial do you think this network group will be? Select all that apply. Answer Options Network Function Response s Respondents Selecting this Option Will be beneficial - 27 54%               Will be somewhat beneficial - 18 36% Will likely not be beneficial - 0 0% I’m not sure - 4 8% n = 50 0 25 50 75 100
    36. 36. 36 Questions about online communication for Literacy and Greenfield networks only: 9. In the past three months, how many times did you ask a question, announce an event, or provide a useful document to group members by email or on Google Groups? 43% - once or twice 10. How often do you visit the Google Group site? 43% - when I receive an email notification 11. How easy is it for you to post information to the Google Group site? 71% - never tried
    37. 37. 37 Findings Getting from Here to Here
    38. 38. 38 Findings “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    39. 39. 39 Today’s Workshop Reconnect; Discuss Reading and Your Network Overview of First Three Sessions – Burning Questions? Review Network Mapping Tool Mapping Software Demonstration Evaluating Networks Working with a Network Mindset and Next Steps
    40. 40. 40 40 Centralized Decentralized Note: These categories often overlap. Most of the examples fit in to multiple categories.  Nonprofit organizations (without explicit network structure)  Membership organizations (Organizations with network component)  Nonprofits with explicit network strategy and structure  Coalition / Alliance (network of organizations)  Networks of networks  Ad hoc networks Monitor Institute. Developed from: Plastrik, Taylor, “Net Gains,” (2006); Anklam, “Net Work,” (2007); Krebs, Holley. “Building Smart Communities,” (2006).Source for Network Graphics: orgnet.com A Typology of Organizing Structures
    41. 41. 41 41 What Do We Mean by “Network Mindset”? Centralized Firmly controlled Planned Proprietary Transactional One-way communications Decentralized Loosely controlled Emergent Open, shared Relational Two-way conversations Established Ways of Working Where are you? The answer will be different for different situations Social Change with a Network Mindset Monitor Institute
    42. 42. 42 42 What might a network weaver’s job include?  Introduce network concepts and mapping  Connecting to enhance the network  Move the network to action  Build network support structures  Help others become Network Weavers What are you all ready doing and what might you like to focus on?  What else?
    43. 43. 43 43 Next Steps • For CFMC • For this group MAVRAC
    44. 44. 44 44 Next Steps • Talk with others about a possible new project (e.g., implementation or advocacy) • Begin a network discussion (e.g., shared interest or priority, professional development topic, invite people in from periphery) • Nurture: Share what you’ve learned here with another; build allies and weavers • Bridge: Share what you’ve learned here and facilitate trust; build relationships • Become more transparent and deliberate about sharing information with stakeholders
    45. 45. 45 45 High-impact nonprofits collaborate rather than compete with their peers. They achieve their collective goals by sharing resources and empowering others. -Crutchfield and McLeod-Grant, Forces For Good A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-tzu

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