Research that transforms social impact networks

We are hiring!

Our lab is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a 2-year appointment starting September 15, 2022. 

For all inquiries, please contact shumate@northwestern.edu and check the full job description. 


Check out our new series of blogs for Network Instigators

​​Tips & Tools for Network Instigators: Managing Change (3/3)

From technology to fashion to social-issue intervention, nothing stays stagnant. As COVID highlighted, organizations need to be ready to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. How can organizations, especially those in social impact networks, prepare for a changing landscape? One strategy that social impact organizations can use to prepare for change is to enhance their organization’s absorptive capacity. As our previous two blogs have shown, a network’s ability to manage change—both

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Tips & Tools for Network Instigators: Managing Change (2/3)

Networks are similar to suspension bridges. They are held together and supported by the organizations that compose them. Our previous blog covered changes in the whole network, but impactful change can happen among organizational members. Change within a member organization can upset the balance of the network, impacting one or many organizations in the network.  Consider a scenario where a critical participating organization undergoes a management change. A new manager

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Tips & Tools for Network Instigators: Managing Change (1/3)

In 2018, the Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) received $16 million to aid their efforts to increase trauma resilience across west-central and south Los Angeles. WIN is a nonprofit network comprised of eight agency partners established in 2006 to provide mental health resources to families with generational mental health challenges. At first glance, an unknowing onlooker might never know that WIN came from humble beginnings. But, when they started, WIN faced

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