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Network Manager's Training Manual
NMT Delft 2013 Presentation Materials
A toolkit of revised Cap-Net network management tools:
1.1 Guidelines for establishing a network
1.2 Network strategy
2.1 Running a network
2.2 Financing capacity development networks
2.3 Managing membership
2.4 Knowledge management for capacity development networks
2.5 Communication stategies
3.1 Opportunity Assessment – a tool for work planning
3.2 Network Performance Assessment
4.1 Facilitation and Presentation Techniques
4.2 Planning Short Courses
4.3 Promoting Leadership in Networks
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan.
A paper and tools supporting improved monitoring of outputs and outcomes of capacity building activities.
Monitoring and Measuring Capacity Building Networks. Performance in 2004 .
The report summarises the results of a self assessment of capacity building networks carried out in December 2004. It provides an insight into the complexity of network management and the challenges to become effective as facilitators of capacity building delivery.
Guide to Project Proposal Development .
A simple guide on the basics of a good project proposal.
Opportunity Assessment - A Tool for Work Planning
Opportunity assessment tool - A tool for work planning consisting of a set of guidelines, recommended activities, tips and definitions that may be used partly or as a whole to identify project opportunities and establish a proactive relation of the network with its target public. The main purpose is to enable capacity building networks identify the immediate capacity building requirements of the water managers in the water sector and to prioritise those needs according to the ability of the network to deliver
Guidelines for Establishing & Managing a Network
Guidelines for Establishing & Managing a Network consist of accumulated experience on how to make networks more effective.
Lessons Learned from WaterNet. Summary report
A concise report drawing the main lessons from the operations of WaterNet, a capacity building network for water. The lessons are expected to be useful to other networks and address management and operational issues. Drawn from the full report by H Krugman and Low Kwai Sim.
Management Tools from other Network
- GTZ , Work the Net, A management guide for formal networks , link
This is a hand-on guide for setting up, managing and using formal networks efficiently and effectively. It focuses on the structural and operational issues of the networks and explains the most important aspects in making them work.
The guide addresses network practitioners, as well as other professionals wishing to establish a network. Hopefully, those involved in established networks will find some useful tips too.
- CapNet Pakistan, Application of the opportunity assessment tool ,
An example of application of the opportunity assessment tool, by CapNet Pakistan. This is a shortened version of the report; if you require the extended version, including annexes, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- ECDPM , Facilitation tools. (From: Institutional Development, Learning by Doing and Sharing .)
This is a compiliation of 10 useful facilitation tools with many references to additional sources. The full document is on the reference section of this site and deals in more depth with tools suitable for working on institutional strengthening
- Indij Damian, Latin American Water Education Training Network, constitution 2003 ,
The LAWETnet constitution describes the mission and vision of the network, the state of affairs and the objectives for the near future.
- Creech H., Willard T., Strategic Intentions. Managing Knowledge Networks for Sustainable Development .
This is a very useful book on the management of networks. Experience of knowledge networks is similar to that for capacity building networks. There is a lot of good practical advice and experience on various aspects of network management and it should be read by every network manager.
- Krugman H., Low K.S., 'Lessons Learned' from WaterNet ,
A review study of WaterNet,a network of 18 University departments and training institutes from 10 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. Aim of the study is to transfer lessons and providing guidance to other regions.
- WaterNet Secretariat , WaterNet: Summary of the Proposed Draft Constitution,
A summary of the proposed WaterNet constitution incorporating the structure of the network, membership criteria and the outline of the WaterNet trust is presented.