Developing a network of supporters and people interested in your work is useful for individuals, research projects and departments or research groups. Network building is the effort applied to increase the size, activity or intensity of a part of the whole of the network.
- Identify stakeholders (see Stakeholder Mapping Tool)
- Identify core and peripheral members and network animators (those that facilitate engagement and bring other people into the network)
- Plan to engage network members at key stages of the impact process
- Networks work best when relationships are reciprocal so identify how you can support and reward network members