Managing by Network FAQ

  • When and where do we meet?

    Managing by Network is presented in 17 webinar sessions over six months. Participants meet for 3 consecutive weeks of webinars in our virtua l classroom. The following week will be a study hall. This schedule repeats from January to June.

    Start Date: January 17 or 18, 2017

    End Date:  June 13 or 14, 2018

    120 course participants meet for two-hour webinars in 4 seminar sized groups of 25-30. Webinar groups meet at 11 AM ET and 2 PM ET on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

    We offer each webinar group the same experience. Applicants are asked to select a preferred day and time for the webinar group that best fits their schedule. We do our best to accommodate these preferences. 

    Class es are held via WebEx and conference call line. WebEx can be used via desktop or mobile device.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict?

    Each of the 17 webinars is presented 4 times - once for each group. If you have a schedule conflict for any given week, join another group that week. 

    If you know you will miss a session, you may invite a colleague to sit in for you and discuss the webinar upon your return. 

    Catch up by revie wing  materials at the web site and call the instructors to discuss specific concepts of interest. You can make up missed webinars through Self-Study, and receive credit for those that you complete.

    Please note that we do not record Managing by Network webinars in order to encourage everyone to speak freely about their work in partnership, without concern about their comments being taken out of context.

  • How long is a webinar?

    Webinars are 2 hours. This includes group discussion to support peer learning, instructor presentations with Q&A, interactive exercises, and case study presentations.

  • What is Study Hall?

    Once the course begins, you will participate in a webinar each week for 3 consecutive weeks. On the fourth week, we host a Study Hall. 

    Study Hall work is optional and designed to help apply the materials learned in class.

    Choose from any of the following activities:

    • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm ET Thursdays.

    • Self-study: catch up on what you missed or dive deeper on previous session materials.

    • Homework: self-assessments and workbook exercises.

    • Network: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.


  • What is the cost of tuition?

    Tuition is $1,600.

  • How do I pay tuition?


    National Scholarships: Tuition for most BLM, USFWS, and USFS participants is funded by national scholarships of cohost agency partners. There are no direct expenses to the work unit of national scholarship recipients.

    Scholarship funding is provided by the National Partnership Offices of the BLM and USFS, the BLM National Training Center, and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. 

    National scholarship selection is competitive. Applicants not selected for a national scholarship may seek enrollment through open seating, funded by their work unit.

    National scholarship funds are transferred from the agency to Liz Madison Consulting via the SF-182 Training Authorization invoice process. Liz Madison Consulting is the administrative business unit of the interagency Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy. 

    Open-Seat Tuition is paid by the individual's agency, work unit, organization, or by the individual. This applies to federal employees or consultants; state, county, and municipal agency partners; representatives of tribes; and nonprofit organizations.

    Open-Seat candidates should complete the 2018 Managing by Network course application prior to arranging payment. Open seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis, based on application date. Payment is required on or before January 17, 2018.

    Contact Liz Madison for more information about open seat tuition payment information, including: 

    • secure credit card payments,
    • vendor information to complete Form SF-182 to authorize a training expenditure required prior to the use of a federal credit card,
    • processing validation information required by individual agencies or organizations prior to submitting an invoice for electronic or credit card payment.



  • Is the course open to representatives of organizations beyond BLM, USFWS, and USFS?

    Yes. Federal, state, regional authority, county, municipal, tribes, and nonprofit representatives who work with DOI and USDA cohost agencies are invited to apply.  

    Managing by Network alumni include representatives from DHS, DOD, DON, EPA, NOAA, NPS, NRCS, USACE, USBR, USGS, county wildland firefighters, and nonprofits. 

    Academy courses and workshops have welcomed representatives of tribes, state agencies, county authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, associations, universities, and federal commissions. 

    Contact Liz Madison to reserve open seats for your agency or organization.

  • Is there homework? Do I need to prepare before class?

    This is an applied training class. Perspectives and tools for how to reach out to community stakeholders and support partnerships are presented in class. Your homework is to apply what you’ve learned at the earliest opportunity.

    Pre-webinar assignments include watching or listening to 5 to 30 minute instructional videos, and a few brief reading assignments. These videos and articles provide a context for classroom discussion. 

    More importantly, completing these assignments will increase facilitated discussions and peer-learning while minimizing webinar lecture time.

    Study hall weeks include homework that is optional. This includes self-assessments and workbook exercises designed to hone your skills.

  • Is supervisor approval required?

    Yes, as applicable. 

    Are you required to seek supervisory approval for training? If you answered yes, then we need it to consider your application complete. Please forward the link to the Academy's Supervisor Approval Form to your supervisor as part of the application process. Applications are considered incomplete without it, and will affect your eligibility for the course. Supervisors are requested to complete the form and approve or decline an applicant's participation.

    The Supervisor Approval Form provides us with:

    1. Written confirmation of approval from your Supervisor. This information is required for anyone receiving training credit through DOI Learn.
    2. Supervisor input on your training needs. Their responses, in addition to your own, inform our decisions on curriculum content for the year.
    3. Contact information for course follow up. 
    4. Assurance that your supervisor is aware of your time commitment throughout this 6-month course.
  • Will I receive a certificate for this training?

    Participants who attend 7 or more live Managing by Network webinars are awarded certificates as an official record of 36 hours of training in 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies defined by OPM.

    Participants who present a Case Study are awarded a certificate with honors.

    Participants who attend 15 or more live webinars are awarded a certificate with honors.

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