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A review of the evidence on developing and supporting policy and practice networks

Charities Policy implementation Social networks Community services Not for profit sector Social change

‘Networks’ and ‘networking’ are widely used (and often under-defined) concepts. This rapid desk-review takes a more focused look at networks - specifically those that support policy and practice development, from the point of view of charitable organisations that may want to foster them as a way of achieving social change.

Accordingly, the first part of the paper investigates some basic questions such as what a network is and when it’s best to develop and foster one in order to achieve a goal (as opposed to using other means). The second part discusses learning from charitable foundations’ experience of working with policy and practice networks.

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