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Stage I: A Network of People
Stage II: Moving from the People to the Victim
Stage III: Planning for Implementation
Stage IV: Implementing a Network

A Network of People

At the core of any coordinated system of victim services are people. Key roles to ensure Network success are included below; click on each to learn more.

Voices from the Networks

Anyone who will be interested in or impacted by a Network. (Examples: Network Partners, allied professionals, services providers, system actors.)

Outside partners that agree to refer victims to the Network and/or receive victim referrals from the Network. (Examples: victim service providers, community organizations or system-based agencies.).

Evaluators of the effectiveness of the Network and its services based on their understanding of the Network’s goals.

Anyone who is formally committed to active and regular participation in a Network. (Examples: victim service providers, funders, and researchers)

Network Partners that serve as leadership or on a steering committee for a Network.

Voices from the Networks

Steps to Engage Potential Stakeholders in Your Network.

While existing community legal service providers are obvious Stakeholders, consideration should be given to a broader group. Consider mapping out your existing community, including services available, crime types served, connections to specific communities, and both legal and non-legal organizations. By plotting Stakeholders into the map the gaps revealed can help to inform invitations and outreach.

Early input and buy-in of Stakeholders must be balanced with respect for individuals’ and organizations’ time, capacity and expertise.  For input on victims’ needs and experiences, choose Stakeholders who a) have buy-in; b) have the skills and/or capacities needed to enhance Network effectiveness; and c) are aligned with the collective mission and vision of the Network.

Stakeholders may change roles throughout the process. Having a Memorandum of Understanding for each Stakeholder at each phase is critical.

Key skills for effective project management are:  facilitation, strategic planning, communication, logistics, development, team leadership, marketing and outreach, and systems and policy development.  Thoughtfully crafted job descriptions are critical to effective project management.

Voices from the Networks

Stage I Replication Tools

SAMPLES | List of Possible Network Partners
RESOURCES | Considerations for Victim Centered MOUs
TEMPLATE | Network Development Timeline