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Howdy, Partner! Using the PARTNER Tool to Track and Analyze Community Partnerships

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
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A major challenge facing public health researchers and practitioners today is how to partner with other organizations, agencies, and groups to collaboratively address public health goals while effectively leveraging resources.  The process by which organizations have engaged partners in collaboration has varied, with few ways to measure the success of these partnerships. Public leaders are eager to understand how to analyze these collaborations to determine whether the time and resources spent building these partnerships are worth the investment.

The PARTNER Tool (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships), is a free social network analysis tool designed to demonstrate how community organizations members are connected, how resources are leveraged and exchanged, the levels of trust, and to link outcomes to the process of collaboration.

In the National Cancer Institute’s February Research to Reality cyber-seminar, we build on December’s topic on systems thinking and highlight a practical tool that can help analyze and improve partnerships across all levels.  We will be joined by PARTNER Tool developer, Dr Danielle Varda, who will provide an overview of the tool, how it can be used, and the potential benefits for measuring and analyzing partnership activity. Additionally, two practitioners, Dr. Lea Ayers LaFave and Julia Ruschmann, will join us and share their experiences implementing PARTNER in their respective communities and organizations, their lessons learned, and implications of this resource for other local health departments and organizations. 

A PDF copy of the slides from this presentation can be requested at the end of the cyber-seminar by emailing or through the Contact Us link located at the bottom of this site.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Provide a conceptual foundation for thinking about collaboration in a strategic planning framework
  • Understand

    a methodological tool (social network analysis) and resource, PARTNER Tool, for health administrators to evaluate community collaboration.

  • Describe how this tool has been used in different settings and for a variety of purposes, and how it might help your organization.


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