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Webinar Recap: Strengthening Network Practice Through Evaluation | July 2015

Growing numbers of social change agents are building networks to increase impact. Using real-life case examples, this webinar offered an introduction to basic network concepts and approaches with an emphasis on how practitioners can strengthen their network through systematic monitoring and evaluation. 


Madeleine Beaubien Taylor, Ph.D., Founder and CEO | Network Impact
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. 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, considered one of the top publications on the topic and Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (2014).


Anne Whatley, Msc, Senior Consultant/Network Impact
Anne 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, an online community for rural policy advocates. Publications include “Assessing Nonprofit’s Communications Capacity: An online self-assessment tool” in The Foundation Review Volume 2, Issue 1 and “Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications,” The Foundation Review Volume 7, Issue 2.



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