A Network about Learning through Play
This case report, published by the LEGO Foundation in collaboration with Winnovation, inspires us to think about a new space for supporting a community of engaged actors who are passionate about children, learning and creativity, and who believe that educational systems are pivotal to making real and sustainable changes.
Winnovation conducted an exploratory, qualitative research design to identify key design network elements of successfully operating networks, in order to answer the following research question: What are the design elements of successful international networks?
International network models were systematically identified and evaluated to determine their relevance for the study. In order to be able to select the best network models that fit within the defined purpose of the study, networks and communities were evaluated in a systematic three-step process:
Between June and August 2014, 18 cases out of a pool of 78 pre-evaluated networks met advanced requirement criteria that included: the network focuses thematically upon research, and/or innovation, and/or learning, and/or its purpose is to achieve societal change, Governance and Leadership, showing self-organising activities and/or having a central player (initiator, founder, etc.)
12 international networks were finally identified as "best practice". Each case has been carefully investigated by analysing primary data collected from 22 expert interviews with experienced members, managers and other experts from the pre-selected international networks, in conjunction with secondary data. The 12 selected networks excel in achieving their respective purpose, and contain certain advanced network elements.
The report and the selected networks can be found here.