Intermediary organizations that serve as the hub or backbone of an education network can be integral to a network’s success. Use this checklist to assess whether a potential intermediary partner can fulfill the core capacities to support your emerging network. For more information, see the accompanying blog post.
✓ This partner can help build our connections with state, national and/or international stakeholders related to our focus area.
✓ This partner can help build our connections with potential funders.
✓ This partner can help raise our network’s visibility.
Providing neutral, objective support
✓ This partner does not have a separate, predetermined agenda for the focus of our work or how we should do it.
✓ This partner is experienced in helping groups create dialogues and reach consensus about important decisions.
✓ This partner demonstrates sincere commitment to the long-term success of our network.
✓ This partner has served as an intermediary for networks like ours.
✓ This partner has deep, empirical knowledge of how to support networks.
✓ This partner is well-versed in the research literature about networks.
✓ This partner has a track record of publishing and presenting about networks and has standing in the field.
Performing critical network operations
✓ This partner can facilitate inquiry and action cycles with groups of diverse stakeholders.
✓ This partner can support in-person and virtual collaboration.
✓ This partner can provide training in our content area or easily connect us to the content-specific support we need.
✓ This partner can help us apply research-based information to our context.
✓ This partner can support data and evidence use on multiple levels (e.g., formative and summative evaluation, monitoring progress against network goals, documenting network activities and member satisfaction).
✓ This partner can manage the logistical details (e.g., planning, scheduling, arranging) for network convenings, leadership meetings and virtual collaboration.