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How Regional Networks Catalyze Impact in Early Childhood Development

Over the last decade, in over a hundred countries across the globe, there has been a dramatic increase in collective capacity for cross-sector work to advance Early Childhood Development (ECD). Critical to this accomplishment have been four regional ECD networks:

Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN)

Arab Network for Early Childhood Development (ANECD)

Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)

International Step by Step Association (ISSA)

These networks are rights-based, with core operating principles dedicated to quality, equity, diversity, inclusiveness, partnerships and accountability. A new report from Network Impact takes a systematic look at how these networks are collectively positioned to advance early childhood development within the four regions.

The report builds on interviews with political leaders, senior civil servants, INGO’s, academics and heads of national networks.  It identifies the unique advantages of regional networks in the ECD sector, examining how these can be leveraged for increased impact, especially in times of crisis and recovery.

As a result of the significant investment in regional ECD networks to date, all four networks have contributed to outcomes and impacts that have advanced the field. These impacts are not one-time results but rather a foundation for the overall capacity of the ECD sector:


Seven Primary ECD Outcomes

The report presents case studies of how each network leverages network mechanisms to meet national and regional ECD goals; explores how and why the networks are critical for both COVID-19 response and recovery; and identifies opportunities to support regional ECD networks in the future.

Click here for the Full Report and Executive Summary.

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Technology Tools Presentation with Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit

In early December 2015, Senior Consultant, Anne Whatley, partnered with Tyler Norris, VP of Total Health at Kaiser Permanenete to share findings from recent research on the use of technology tools for data mapping, analysis, visualization, and collaboration at The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley.  Norris provides an overview of how Kaiser Permanente as an organization is using data and technology tools and Network Impact’s Whatley then highlights patterns and opportunities in the social sector as a whole.

The recording can be found on the CITRIS Youtube channel.

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Project profile: Leveraging technology for healthier, more sustainable and more equitable communities

Network Impact is working with Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Division and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to conduct a scan of current and emerging technologies that provide access to population health data and collaboration supports for use by funders and others working to promote healthy,  equitable and sustainable communities. We surveyed funders in a range of organizations to identify the best-in-class tools they are using and are conducting interviews with leading innovators and practitioners. The scan will identify gaps, needs and opportunities to advance the field.

You can download a presentation summary of our findings and see an interactive visualization.  We are also presenting at the Foundation Center Technology Affinity Group conference on November 11th, 2015 in Los Angeles and the Community Indicators Consortium Conference on November 9th, 2015 in Austin, TX.

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Investing in Networks Grows Impact

We often hear grantmakers talk about leveraging dollars but rarely get to see year-to-year data showing a funder’s investment over time with the additional resources they attract to an issue. The Garfield Foundation agreed to let us review their investments in the RE-AMP network over the last ten years so we could take a closer look at a specific case. Our analysis shows that even foundations with a modest corpus can leverage their charitable dollars many times over by investing in networks. Our latest blog post on this topic is featured in The Stanford Social Innovation Review .

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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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