Managing by Network Gets Results

The Academy’s goal is to improve the level of preparedness and self-confidence of all course participants in applying partnership and community collaboration best practices. 

Since the first Managing by Network course in 2008, more than 600 federal, state, county, and nonprofit employees have graduated. 

In the past decade, we have found that:

  • Graduates place a high value on learning from the diverse representation of public agencies and building their professional network.
  • More than 90 percent of course participants apply course content daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Our 2017 course evaluation results illustrate a proven track record in shifting participants’ change in preparedness before and after the course.

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Learn More About Managing by Network

  • Q: What are the course learning objectives?

    Managing by Network Learning Objectives

    Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:

    1. create or strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
    2. build trust with external partners using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
    3. sustain partnership accountability using external awareness and communication skills including collaboration, conflict management, facilitation, persuasion, and negotiation;
    4. develop, monitor, and evaluate formal partnership agreements and projects that rely on a mix of federal and nonfederal funding, and
    5. recognize the intent of agency policies and practices related to partner fundraising and donation activities.
  • Q: What is the time commitment of this course?

    A: This is a six month course that meets from January to June. Participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours a week in a webinar or applying skills learned in the class during this time period.

    Managing by Network

    • Start Date: January 17, 2018
    • End Date: June 14, 2018 

    Required Time Commitment

    Managing by Network is designed to help participants apply course content to their current partnership and community collaboration responsibilities.

    This course includes 17 webinar sessions, scheduled from January to June. Each session includes:

    • 2 hours of instruction, case study presentations, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion;
    • Pre-webinar assignments throughout the course include instructional videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes and a few brief articles.

    Participants are required to complete an individual Training Needs Self-Assessment and the course Evaluation; each survey takes about 30-45 minutes.

    Voluntary Time Commitment

    Case Study Program: Participants may complete an optional Case Study Presentation. These presentations promote peer-learning and networking and are posted to the Academy's resource library

    Study Hall: Once the course begins, participants attend a webinar each week for three consecutive weeks. On the fourth week, participants have Study Hall. 

    Study hall work is optional and designed to help apply the materials learned in class. During this week you may participate in:

    • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and classmates, 2-3 pm ET Thursdays
    • Self study: catch up or dive deeper on instructional materials
    • Homework: using self-assessments and workbook exercises, apply what you have learned
    • Network: reach out to classmates and instructors
  • Q: Is this a certificate course?

    A: Yes, there is a certificate for course completion.

    Course Completion and Certificates

    Participants who attend 7 or more live Managing by Network webinars are awarded a certificate as an official record of 40 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 complete 15 or more webinars are awarded a certificate with honors.

  • Q: How is Managing by Network tuition funded?

    A: Tuition: The $1,600 fee for Managing by Network includes 17 webinars, 5 study halls, individual training needs analysis, course evaluation, and training certificate.

    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.

    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.

    Liz Ma dison will contact applicants 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.

Managing by Network

Managing by Network is cohosted by:

  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy
  • BLM National Training Center and Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships
  • USFS National Partnership Office
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center
  • DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution

MBN Overview

MBN Course Schedule

MBN Course Schedule

The 22 Competencies

The Competencies

MBN Alumni

MBN Alumni

What do Alumni like about Managing by Network?


Instructional Videos

Instructional Videos

Case Studies

Case Studies



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