Clients & Cases

We work with a diverse range of networks at different stages of development. Below are summaries of a selection of our projects. We have tagged each by the type of services we provided so you can view those most relevant to your interests.

 

Network Start Up and Design

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Rural People, Rural Policy Networks

Based on the premise that rural America has abundant assets and that the brightest potential for rural America emerges when a critical mass of rural people are stronger, more organized policy actors, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched Rural People, Rural Policy (RPRP) in 2006 to connect and build the capacity of rural advocates both regionally and nationally. Network Impact consulted to the foundation on the design and adaptation of the initiative’s network strategy, including member recruitment, the orientation of new members, building and strengthening network ties within and across sectors, and increasing the capacity of rural advocates to build and use networks for policy change. In all, more than 80 nonprofits joined Rural People, Rural Policy, organized in 7 networks: 4 regional, 2 national and 1 state-based. An assessment conducted by an external evaluator in 2013 concluded that, over a 7–year period, RPRP networks contributed substantially to policy changes that address the needs of rural children and families and expanded the voice of “rural” in national policy arenas.

See also Rural Policy Action Partnership.

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Greater Detroit Network for Social Innovators

Consulting support for the design and start-up of this place-based network of more than 40 organizations and individuals that develops and supports social entrepreneurs engaged in creating innovative, sustainable social ventures in southeast Michigan. More recently we have conducted evaluation of the network, including the development of network maps that describe the evolution of the network’s connections. (2008-2010)

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West Virginia Community Development Hub

Network start-up and design advice for this network of public, private and nonprofit orgs dedicated to increasing community capacity in rural West Virginia. (2009)

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Network Planning and Management

The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

TFN is a network of over 140 funders with a vision for expanding funding and philanthropic leadership that yields environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous regions and communities. In 2013, the nonprofit hub that coordinates and supports the network decided to adopt a more deliberate approach to network organizing. Network Impact worked with TFN board and staff to develop a network strategy that is grounded in a clear understanding of the value that the network currently generates for members while expanding opportunities for peer collaboration and exchange. Network Impact’s support for TFN includes the design and administration of an annual network survey and ongoing coaching for staff and consultants who work directly with TFN’s regional and issue-based working groups.

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Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW)

Strategic planning and evaluation in support of this community-based non-profit, located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Work focuses on building and supporting the LCW network  – a network of more than 1,000 mainly Latino families organized to build family and community assets, provide mutual support, and engage in collective action to advance the agenda of revitalization in Lawrence. (2005-2010)

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Networks for Integrating New Americans (NINA)

Partnering with World Education, National Partnership for New Americans, IMPRINT, Welcoming America, and Community Science. Inc. Network Impact is developing and implementing a theoretical framework for immigrant integration and providing technical assistance to five immigrant integration networks with a dual focus on accelerating key services and on network development.

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Tulsa CAP

Consult on the development of place- and network-based strategies to support providers of services to low-income families in improving their performance and to increase the capacities of the families to develop their own solutions and to shape the providers’ services. (2010)

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Consultation and facilitation for this new national network of more than 65 city, county, and regional sustainability directors in the U.S. and Canada. The network formed in 2009 to allow members to easily exchange information, collaborate to advance their practice, and more quickly find solutions to their sustainability challenges. We have supported network planning and management, and designed and facilitated the network’s first annual meeting. (2009-2010)

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Network Research and Evaluation

Reboot

Reboot is a network of young Jewish cultural creatives that has been growing steadily since the early 2000s. Its overarching purpose is to reinterpret Judaism/Jewishness in America so it has meaning and value
for younger Jewish Americans. In 2010, the Jim Joseph Foundation, one of Reboot’s funders, initiated an evaluation as part of the review process for a follow-up grant. Working with the Jim Joseph program officer responsible for the grant and representatives from Reboot’s board and staff, Network Impact designed and implemented an evaluation that focused on the “generativeness” of the Reboot network: whether and how participation in the network encouraged members to create Jewish innovations, such as new events, creative products, services, and organizations. The evaluation also produced a series of network maps that revealed how members’ relationships had evolved over time.  Insights from the evaluation led the foundation board to solicit a follow on study of Reboots’ contribution to Jewish learning and helped Reboot staff and board identify and engage highly connected “hubs” who were well-positioned to weave the network further.  (2010-2011) You can see the evaluation report on the Jim Joseph Foundation site.

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Barr Foundation – Green Justice Coalition

Rapid assessment of the Green Justice Coalition (GJC), a partnership of community groups, labor unions, environmental groups, and other organizations that support a sustainable, equitable, and clean energy economy in Massachusetts. Based on in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, a Network Health Survey and network mapping to evaluate the connections among GJC members, the assessment informed Barr’s understanding of the health, effectiveness, and viability of the Coalition as members prepared to develop their network strategy to further benefit working class communities and communities of color in the state.   (2012)

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Barr Foundation – Network Relationships Research

Investigation into the nature and significance of network relationships in the non-profit sector. Material review, interviews with non-profit network builders and members in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts, analysis, report. (2004-2005)

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Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH)

With Arbor Consulting Partners, Centers for Disease Control-funded, multi-year evaluation of an initiative led by BUSPH, the Boston Housing Authority and the Boston Public Health Commission, aimed at improving health outcomes among public housing residents in Boston. Recommendations focus on how to strengthen the collaboration among partners and between partners and key stakeholders to achieve common goals. (2005-2009)

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Marine Microbiology Initiative

Survey research to understand the degree of connectedness among researchers working in the marine microbial ecology community. Results, including a variety of network maps, offered insight into the strength of connections among sub-disciplines and researchers in the field with the potential to inform future foundation investments and support for network building opportunities for both grantees and non-grantees.  (2012-2013)

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Greater Detroit Network for Social Innovators

Consulting support for the design and start-up of this place-based network of more than 40 organizations and individuals that develops and supports social entrepreneurs engaged in creating innovative, sustainable social ventures in southeast Michigan. More recently we have conducted evaluation of the network, including the development of network maps that describe the evolution of the network’s connections. (2008-2010)

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ICHH: State of Massachusetts’ Inter-Agency Council for Housing and Homelessness

Evaluation of the Massachusetts Inter-Agency Council for Housing and Homelessness initiative to prevent individual and family homelessness through ten regional networks in the state. Network members include large nonprofits as well a small nonprofit service providers and advocacy groups. The evaluation focuses on efficiencies associated with inter-organizational collaboration as well as the impact of the regional nonprofit networks on rates of homelessness in Massachusetts. (2009-2010)

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Social Impact Games Initiative

With Cause Communications, comprehensive evaluations of two real-world, social impact games, including an integrated process to communicate findings in real-time through interactive and other media such as data visualizations, infographics, PPTs and comprehensive reports.

Take a look at the reports and visualizations. (2011-2012)

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Technology for Engagement

Consulting support for the foundation’s Technology for Engagement initiative, including evaluation support for existing grantees and the creation of a field publication with lessons learned and suggested consistent approaches for evaluating civic technology platforms. (2012-2014)

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Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW)

Strategic planning and evaluation in support of this community-based non-profit, located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Work focuses on building and supporting the LCW network  – a network of more than 1,000 mainly Latino families organized to build family and community assets, provide mutual support, and engage in collective action to advance the agenda of revitalization in Lawrence. (2005-2010)

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Network Evaluation Field Scan

In partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation conducted interviews, literature review and document review to develop lessons about evaluation design, methodology, and use based on real-life network evaluation practice. The project resulted in a convening of funders and a two-part guide to Network Evaluation including a State of Network evaluation brief with frameworks, approaches and tools to address practical questions about designing and funding network evaluations and a casebook with profiles of nine evaluations that detail key questions, methodologies, implementation and results while expanding what is known about assessment approaches that fit how networks develop and function. The project was funded by the Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The California Endowment and Jim Joseph Foundation.

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Physicians for Human Rights

With Arbor Consulting Partners, multi-year evaluation of this Nobel Prize-winning organization’s nation-wide, network-based advocacy initiative to address global HIV/AIDS. (2007-2009)

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Investing in Networks

Tools and Technology for Network Development

Community Commons

Community Commons is a cross-sector digital platform that provides tools for learning, connection and collaboration to foster greater coordination and alignment among organizations working to create healthier, more sustainable and livable communities.  Network Impact is working with Community Commons to clarify and track how and in what ways the platform is being used and contributing to the desired outcomes for individual networks/collaborations as well as progress overall towards creating healthier, more sustainable and livable communities.  (2013 – )

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Social Impact Games Initiative

With Cause Communications, comprehensive evaluations of two real-world, social impact games, including an integrated process to communicate findings in real-time through interactive and other media such as data visualizations, infographics, PPTs and comprehensive reports.

Take a look at the reports and visualizations. (2011-2012)

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Technology for Engagement

Consulting support for the foundation’s Technology for Engagement initiative, including evaluation support for existing grantees and the creation of a field publication with lessons learned and suggested consistent approaches for evaluating civic technology platforms. (2012-2014)

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Our clients also include The Boston Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Incourage Community Foundation, Jewish Funders Networks, Mott Philanthropic, NeighborWorks America, Garfield Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.

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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