About

Madeleine Taylor and Peter Plastrik founded Network Impact in 2006 with a mission to accelerate and spread the development and use of networks to support positive social change.

Network Impact forms part of a wider network of organizations with complementary capacities. Our partners include Arbor Consulting Partners, Innovation Network for Communities, Center for Evaluation Innovation, and MW Multimedia.


Our Team

Madeleine Beaubien Taylor, Ph.D.

team-1Founder and CEO
Boston
For more than 20 years, Madeleine has worked with public and nonprofit organizations and national foundations on strategy, program development and assessment, most recently with a focus on social impact networks. Over the last decade, she has contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of network initiatives in the U.S., including network organizing to support policies that benefit rural people and places, cross sector initiatives to promote immigrant integration, regional collaborations to end homelessness, and network efforts to increase place-based civic engagement She is the author with Peter Plastrik of Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change (2006), considered one of the top publications on the topic and the recently published Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (2014). A native of Quebec, Canada, Madeleine received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and spent her early professional career working in southern Africa.


Anne Whatley, MSc

team-2Senior Consultant
Los Angeles
Anne Whatley has advised on topics of communications evaluation and information strategy for online and social network initiatives for the last 12 years. For more than five years she oversaw Cause Communications’ research and evaluation initiatives including assessing several of Robert Wood Johnson’s communications investments and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s social impact games. Anne’s experience includes managing award-winning public education campaigns, specializing in interactive and online efforts. Her projects have received several awards, including PR Week New Media Site of the Year, Silver SABRE Best Use of the Web. She has also led the development and strategy for a number of online communities, including RuralxChange.net, an online community for rural policy advocates. Publications include “Assessing Nonprofit’s Communications Capacity: An online self-assessment tool”  in  The Foundation Review (Vol 2, Issue 1) and most recently the Network Evaluation Guide. She received her MSc with honors from London School of Economics and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Anne is based in Southern California.


Amanda Rounsaville Welsh

team-4Senior Consultant
Los Angeles
Amanda Welsh has worked at the intersection of information strategy, policy and advocacy work for over ten years. Her experience spans technology infrastructure, stakeholder research and constituency building as well as policy change campaign strategy. For nearly a decade Amanda worked in philanthropy at The California Endowment. While there she managed a grant portfolio that included communications and policy research, as well as a focus on bolstering community health journalism.


André Lima

Associate
Boston
André Lima received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2013, as well as a degree from the Wesleyan University College of Letters, a three-year intensive study of European philosophy, literature, and history. Within these departments, André focused his studies on topics such as immigration, the politics of diaspora, and transnational networks. He was awarded a grant from the Khachig Tölölyan Fund for the Study of Diaspora’s and Transnationalism for his thesis research focusing on transnational networks of Brazilian immigrants living in New England. He currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


Peter Plastrik

team-3Founder and Senior Advisor
Michigan
Peter has worked with dozens of social-change networks and written extensively about network start up and ongoing management. Network development is part of his broader consulting practice, which includes strategic planning and innovation development, program assessment, organizational development, urban education, urban sustainability, transnational immigration, networks and philanthropic foundations. Plastrik is coauthor with David Osborne of two books about reinventing government as well as coauthoring Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change and Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (2014).

Network Tool: Network Health Scorecard


Regular check ups can help network builders track progress and decide what the network needs next. The Network Health Scorecard provides a quick series of questions that can yield a useful assessment of the health of your network - diagnosing strengths and areas for growth.

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