MBN for SupervisorsManaging by Network

Information for Supervisors

Managing by Network is an interagency course designed to strengthen each participant’s professional skill set in Partnering, Community Collaboration, Strategic Thinking, Partnership Management, and Accountability. 

Learn more about the professional competencies featured in this applied training course.

Managing by Network Gets Results

The Academy’s goal is to improve the level of preparedness and self-confidence of all course participants working directly or indirectly with partners, permittees and community stakeholders. 

Since the first Managing by Network course in 2008, more than 800 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 course evaluation results illustrate a proven track record in shifting participants’ change in preparedness before and after the course.

Find more recommended training related to partnerships and community collaboration responsibilities. 

Learn More About Managing by Network

  • Course 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 stakeholders using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
    3. demonstrate accountability with partners, permittees and stakeholders 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 relationship between sunshine laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Federal Ethics Regulations to accountability and building trust between public agencies and partners, stakeholders and the public.
  • Required Time Commitment

    Managing by Network is a six month, 17 webinar course, totaling 36 hours of training. Participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours a week in a webinar or applying skills learned in the class during this time period.

    • 2020 Start Date: January 15 and 16
    • 2020 End Date: June 3 and 4

    Managing by Network is designed to help participants apply course content to their current position responsibilties associated with partners, permittees and community stakeholders. Each session includes: 

    • 2 hours of instruction, case study presentations, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion; 
    • Pre-webinar assignments that will take less than an hour to complete. Not every session includes a pre-webinar assignment.

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

    We do not record Managing by Network webinars in order to allow participants to speak freely in the classroom.

    Participants are required to attend 10 or more live webinars to earn a certificate of course completion. 

    Self-Study materials are provided to support learning and development and allow participants to catch up on missed sessions.

  • Voluntary Time Commitment

    Participants attend a live webinar each week. Throughout the course, Study Hall weeks are scheduled to provide participants with the opportunity to complete self-study of missed webinars and further explore the course instructional materials. 

    Study hall work is optional and is designed to help apply the materials learned in class to work responsibilities. Activities include:

    • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and classmates, 2-3 pm ET Thursdays
    • Self Study: catch up or dive deeper on instructional materials for additional credit
    • Homework: use self-assessments and workbook exercises to apply practices and lessons learned from the course
    • Network: reach out to classmates and instructors
    • Self Study, Homework, and Networking activities may be completed and reported for credit at any time during the course.

    The Case Study Program is voluntary and gives participants the opportunity to speak to a success, failure, challenge, opportunity, work-in-progress or vision relative to their work.

    These presentations promote peer-learning and networking, and are posted to the Academy's case study catalog.

    In 2020, 12 course participants will have the opportunity to present a case study.

  • Course Completion and Certificates

    Participants who attend 10 or more live Managing by Network webinars are awarded a certificate as an official record of 36 hours of training in 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies defined by OPM.

    Participants may not receive a certificate by completing self-study in place of attending 10 live webinars.

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

    Participants who complete 15 or more webinars, a minimum of 10 live plus self-study, are awarded a certificate with honors.

    Note that agencies may have their own policies and procedures regarding attendance. Please review attendance obligations with your training coordinator.

    The acceptance of a scholarship obligates the course participant to fulfill the course requirements, on behalf of their work unit. In the event that a course participant needs to withdraw from the course, prior to completing certificate requirements, work unit reimbursement of the scholarship may apply.

  • Tuition

    Tuition for 2020 is $1,700.

    Contact us for more information.

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
  • DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution
  • NPS Stewardship Institute
  • USACE Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise
  • USFS National Partnership Office
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center

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