Mindsets and Tools for Funding and Evaluating Collaborative Approaches to Systems Change

This event for funders is happening in tandem with a separate academy for network staff and leaders, with some sessions held jointly. The first day will focus on theories of evaluation, systems thinking, and network mapping. The second day will focus on navigating power and on the practice of evaluation. There is an optional third day, for funders and staff/members from the same network to dig deeper together on an issue they identify.

For more information contact the RE-AMP Network’s Strategic Director, Gail Francis (gail@reamp.org). Join the mailing list to receive updates about our Academies.

Who Should Apply

Who Should Apply?

Funders of networks

The word "network" can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. At the academy, we will be helping those engaged in "Generative Social-Impact Networks." Don't worry if you aren't familiar with that term, what it means is that you fund the kind of network that is engaged in a complex problem, and that the members of the network develop relationships that allow them to adapt and change over time. Still aren't sure if that's the type of network you fund? Drop us a line.

People ready to dive deep and make changes

The Academy will be hard work. We will ask you to come prepared, stay present, try new ways of thinking, be open about challenges, and support each other. The Academy won't only be work, though. The food is great, the location is beautiful, the breaks are long enough to actually break, and the people are fantastic.

Optional Intensive Workshop

If you would like to go deeper together with some staff or members of the network you are funding, we invite you to apply for the third day of the Academy, where we will design a workshop specific to your area of interest. You will be able to apply after completing the application for the first two days. If you would like more information, contact Gail Francis.

Cost and Logistics


For those who apply before August 29, the cost is $750, and includes all meals and lodging. The cost after August 29 is $800. An additional $325 is required for those attending the intensive workshop on the third day.


The event will be held at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota. The venue has hiking trails, a gym, and loads of natural light.
Participants in the 2015 RE-AMP Systems Thinking Academy apply systems tools to their own situations.
Participants at RE-AMP's 2018 Equitable Deep Decarbonization discover the power of collaboration.

December 3

Agenda (draft)

9:00- 12:00 p.m.

Welcome, Grounding and Value-Based Evaluation

12:00 p.m.


12:00-5:00 p.m.

Systems Thinking for Networks, Social Systems Mapping,  and The Practice of Reflection and Reflexion for Evaluation

6:00 p.m.


7:15 p.m.


December 4

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Navigating power dynamics

10:00-12 pm.

Evaluation frameworks

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-3:00 p.m.

Navigating power, continued, and creating simple rules for fostering network health

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Closing Session