Members-Only Network Engagement Series

Sharpen your focus on Partnerships in 2020 

NACEP is pleased to offer a unique professional development opportunity through our Network Engagement Series.  This series of webinars is designed to help you grow, strengthen, and empower the networks and partnerships vital to your work. The University of Kansas’ Christina Holt will lead three topical sessions focused on different aspects of network engagement critical to your work. Each session will highlight resources from the Community Toolbox, an extensive library of community-building resources focused on growing sustainability and impact through partnership.

Each one-hour webinar will cover a topic related network engagement.

Increasing Participation and Membership- February 12, 2020

Developing Strategic and Action Plans- March 18, 2020

Understanding Advocacy- April 8, 2020

All webinars will be at 9:30am PST/10:30am MST/11:30am CST/12:30pm EST

Increasing Participation and Membership

Increasing participation and membership across sectors and constituent groups is one of the fundamental abilities that help to build community context and collaborative planning. Continuously working to expand membership to ensure a diverse and engaged group of participants grounds the work in what is locally important and feasible. 

In this module, we will address four primary issues in increasing membership and participation: outreach, recruitment, engagement in the effort, and maintaining involvement and sustaining commitment over time. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to intentionally involve others in the work, and engage them in ways that keep them involved over time
  • Identify key principles in outreach and recruitment that can contribute to the group’s effort
  • Learn how to build relationships and motivate participants to engage in the work
  • Understand how to create an atmosphere and conditions that promote diversity, participation and success
  • Learn steps in assessing whether current involvement is sufficient and/or how to make changes in the participation plan
Developing Strategic and Action Plans

Developing strategic and action plans provide a map for moving from your vision to outcomes.  The strategic plan provides overall direction and the path to move from the status quo to the future of the work.  The action plan identifies specific changes the group seeks to accomplish its goals. Partnerships and their work can be greatly enhanced by a clear vision and mission statement, explicit objectives, varied strategies, and a comprehensive and detailed action plan.

This module walks participants through the multiple processes involved in creating such plans, using a process called “VMOSA,” where a Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies and an Action Plan are developed.  It also helps participants understand how to review and build consensus for the plans, and teaches participants to make full use of the plans to guide and enhance the work.

Learning objectives:

  • Developing a strategic plan - VMOSA
  • Building consensus on the action plan
  • Using strategic plans to guide the work
Understanding Advocacy

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. This can include building power at the base, providing encouragement and education to legislators, educating the public, conducting advocacy research, organizing a rally, regulatory efforts, voter mobilization, and lobbying. 

In pursuing our goals for partnerships, we may need to advocate to bring about or preserve programs, policies, and practices related to the group’s mission.

In this module, lessons address different types of advocacy, and what it takes to get an advocacy effort off the ground.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about guidelines for effective advocacy
  • Learn about advocacy techniques of varying intensity and potential advocacy tactics to achieve your goals
  • Learn about additional online resources to support your advocacy efforts
Christina Holt Bio

Background and Professional Interests


Christina works to give people tools to change the world -- and to measure progress along the way. 

Christina specializes in capacity building for community change and improvement and supporting evaluation of community-based efforts. At the Center for Community Health and Development, Christina directs the Community Tool Box, a free global resource which offers 7,000 pages of practical guidance for creating change and improvement, and leads development of the Community Check Box Evaluation System. Christina has served as a speaker and technical consultant for groups including the World Health Organization, World Bank, United Nations, and the Institute of Medicine.

Christina's experience includes facilitating community processes, including community health assessment and community health improvement, providing technical assistance and training on core competencies for community health and development, and supporting data collection and analysis for community research and evaluation. Christina's passion is helping people make a difference on socially important issues.

Christina received her master's degree in Human Development (Child and Developmental Psychology) from the University of Kansas.