The Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy provides applied training in 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies, as defined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

We support an inclusive community of practice. Academy training is open to all practitioners in partnership and community collaboration. Federal employees and individuals from state and local agencies, nonprofits, associations and tribes enrich the peer learning experience for all participants. 

Since the first Managing by Network webinar offered in 2008, the Academy has helped partnership practitioners explore practices, build skills, and learn from their peers. Our interactive training invites participants to take an active role in webinar discussions and apply course content to their current responsibilities.

We place the needs of our participants first, in curriculum design and scheduling. We invite, listen to and act on informal and formal feedback. We support open communication inside and outside of the classroom. Contact us to help your agency or organization. 

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Managing by Network (MBN)

Managing By Network is offered as a series of eighteen online live, seminars designed for federal employees. Employees of state, county and nonprofit entities who work closely with federal agencies also are eligible to participate in this course. Learn how to strengthen formal and informal partnerships and foster community stakeholder engagement. Acquire knowledge and build skills with your interagency peers.

This course meets from January to June. Applications open in October for the following year.

Managing by Network: Spotlight Series

Broaden your awareness of opportunities for partnership and community collaboration. 

Spotlight Series webinars are a peer-learning component of Managing by Network and are held several times a year. Webinars feature federal programs and initiatives that highlight innovative ideas for outreach, community collaboration, and partnerships.

Webinars are open to all federal employees and partner representatives. There is no cost to attend.


Managing by Network and the Spotlight Series are cohosted by BLM, DOI CADR, NPS, USFWS, USDA FS, and USACE.


Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice (C2P2) (CLM 8124) 

C2P2 is designed for federal employees actively involved in community-based partnerships who want to further develop their understanding and use of social science concepts, practices, and tools to strengthen community engagement and achieve long-term human and ecological outcomes.

This advanced-level course builds on the foundational skills taught in the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy: Managing by Network course and is offered as 3.5 days of onsite training, followed by a series of 2-hour live webinars to share experience applying partnership strategies. 

Participants will cultivate their professional competencies for partnership and community collaboration by learning from conservation leaders and their experiences of real-world implementation, and then transferring and applying that knowledge to their partnerships.

Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice is cohosted 

by the Academy and USFWS National Conservation Training Center.


Workshop, Training and Facilitation Services

Our services include meeting facilitation, training and curriculum development for in-person meetings, workshops, conferences, webinars, and self-paced online training. 




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