Collective Impact and Common Goals: A Study of Education Reform Networks

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Collective impact suggests that cross-sector networks of businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits can work together to move the needle on educational outcomes in new ways. This research examines 26 education reform networks in communities across the United States. This mixed-methods research examines the factors including structures, governance, and processes that influence organizational, network, and community-level outcomes.

Improving Veterans Referrals by Optimizing Network Design in Response to COVID-19

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AmericaServes is the United States’ first coordinated system of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working together in communities to serve veterans, transitioning service members, and their families. AmericaServes networks improve access to a full range of care and supportive services, including but not limited to, housing and shelter, employment, benefits navigation, income support, individual and family support, legal support, wellness, health, and food assistance. We will analyze data collected in their shared referral management and analytics platform.


This project has two goals. First, the study will examine how referral networks adapt to a substantial increase in the number of cases as a result of the secondary impacts of COVID-19 (i.e., economic downturn, disruption of service delivery mechanisms). Second, this research will utilize high-level analytics to understand how different network structures perform in the face of a surge of cases.