University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2129
Fax: (303) 315 – 2229
Danielle M. Varda is an Associate Professor at University of Colorado Denver School
of Public Affairs, with a secondary appointment
in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems,
Management and Policy. She also has a courtesy Associate Professor appointment
in the School of Information Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder. She is Co-Director of the Center on Network
Science, Director of the Nonprofit Concentration in the MPA program, and the advisor for the Dual MPA-MPH Degree program. Dr. Varda directs the Network LeadershipTraining Academy, which is held annually in Denver at
the School of Public Affairs. She is also the CEO of Visible Network Labs, a data science startup company that has built the first social connectedness platform that supports the health and well-being of communities and the people who live in them. She also sits on the AmeriCorps NCCC Federal
Advisory Board and is an alumna of the AmeriCorps NCCC (Class 5 and 6). Dr.
Varda joined CU Denver School of Public Affairs from the RAND Corporation, where she worked as an Associate
Policy Scientist from 2005 to 2008.
She specializes in
collaborative governance and network leadership, focusing specifically in
Public Health Systems and Services Research. Her research focus is on
evaluating the network structure of interorganizational collaborations between
the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and the subsequent network effects
of these recorded interactions. Her research portfolio includes projects
in the areas of maternal/child health, public health and health networks,
nonprofit community networks, economic inclusion/wealth building and systems
She has developed two highly
adopted software tools that use models and methods of network measurement. For
example, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she developed the software tool, PARTNER, which uses Social Network Analysis to administer a survey and
link to an analysis tool, to measure and monitor collaborative activity over
time. Dr. Varda’s PARTNER tool was featured in her first-place award for the
2008 Maxwell School Collaborative Governance Initiative competition, Teaching
Simulation, and is used by over 2,000 communities in 30 countries and all over
the U.S. PARTNER, and it's suite of tools, technical assistance, and training
have become well-known resources for communities working to build their
community networks and for systems building. She is also the author of the
Person-Centered Network App (PCN App). The
PCN App is a tool for use by a provider to first
screen a patient to assess their gaps and strengths in their personal support
systems and then, based on the results, link them to available community
resources. The basic PCN App allows a user to collect data on a person’s
personal network, identifying who they are connected to and how well connected
(or not) those network members are to one another. It also assesses the
content, strength and importance of those connections. More can be found here.
In 2010, she was awarded the
“Public Health Systems and Services Article of the Year” award by Academy
Health PHSSR Interest Group for her co-authored paper “Core Dimensions of
Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives," and in 2013 she was awarded
First Runner Up for the same award for her co-authored paper "Implications of Network Structure on Public Health Collaborative,"
published in Health Education and Behavior.
She is an experienced interviewer and facilitator and has extensive experience developing and administering surveys. Her research
has been funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Trust, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, RAND Corporation, Department of Health and Human Services (Assistant Secretary for
Preparedness and Response), Veterans Administration, University of Kentucky
School of Public Health, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease
Control, and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, among others.
She is the mother of three
young daughters, who together with her husband, spend as much time camping,
skiing, and boating the Colorado rivers as possible.
Chapman, C. and
D. Varda (2017). Nonprofit Resource
Contribution and Mission Alignment in Interorganizational, Cross-Sector Public
Health Networks. Nonprofit and Voluntary
Sector Quarterly, [forthcoming].
Ward, K., D.
Epstein, D. Varda, and B. Lane.
(forthcoming). Measuring Performance in Interagency Collaboration: FEMA Corps, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy,
R. and D. Varda. (2016). Insights
Into Collaborative Networks of Nonprofit, Private, and Public Organizations
That Address Complex Health Issues. Health
Affairs, 35(11), 2014-2019.
J.P., S.G. Shah, N. Rider, A. Beck, B.Castrucci, J.Harris, K. Sellers, D. Varda, P. Erwin, and R.C. Brownson.
(2016). “Challenges and Innovations in Surveying the Governmental Public Health
Workforce.” American Journal of Public
Health, 106(11): 1967-1974.
Varda, D., VanRaemdonck L.,
Tung, G., Hogg, R., and Atherly A. (2016). “A Conceptual Framework for the
Study of Hospital Interaction and Investment in Public Health Systems.” Frontiers in Public Health Services and
Systems Research, 5(5): 1-5.
Varda, D. Hardy, R., Millar,
A., and Talmi A. (2016). “Public Health, Mental Health, and Primary Care
Differences in Urban and Rural Counties in a System of Care for Children with
Special Healthcare Needs”. Journal of
Health Systems and Policy Research, 3(3): 1-7.
J., Howard, S., Chandra, A., Varda, D.M.,
Sprong, S., and Uscher-Pines, L.. (2015). “Healthcare Coalitions Contributions
to Preparedness and Resilience: Perspectives from Hospital Preparedness Program
and Healthcare Preparedness Coalitions (CHEM)”, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 9(6): 690-697.
Christine A.; Retrum, Jessica H.; Varda,
Danielle M. 2015. "Patterns in PARTNERing across Public Health
Collaboratives." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 10: 12412-12425. Special Issue: Social Network Analysis and Public Health.
Litt, J., Varda, D., Reed, H., Retrum, J., Tabak, R., Gustat, J. and
Tompkins, N. (2015). How to Identify Success Among Networks that Promote Active
Living. American Journal of Public Health,
105, 11, 2298-2305.
Varda, Danielle and Jessica H. Retrum.
(2015). Collaborative Performance as a Function of Network Members’ Perceptions
of Success, Public Performance & Management Review, 38:4, 632-653
Bevc, C., Retrum, J. and Varda, D. (2015). “New Perspectives on
the "Silo Effect" - Initial Comparisons of Network Structures across
Public Health Collaboratives”. American
Journal of Public Health. V105(S2), S230-S235.
Shoup, J, Gaglio, B., Varda, D. and Glasgow, R. (2015).
“Network analysis of RE-AIM framework: Chronology of the field and the
connectivity of its contributors”.
Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research. 5(2),
Varda, D., Retrum, J., and Chapman C. (2014) “Exploring the
Process, Models, and Outcomes of Hospital-Public Health Partnerships,” Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services
Research, 3(2): 1-5.
Chapman C. and Varda, D. (2013) “Implications of Network Structure on
Public Health Collaboratives” Journal of
Health Education and Behavior. 40(IS): 13S-23S.
*Winner: 1st Runner Up in the
AcademyHealth PHSR Best Article of the Year Award
M. and Talmi, Ayelet (2013) "A Patient-Centered Approach for Evaluating
Public Health Roles within Systems of Care for Children with Special Healthcare
Needs," Frontiers in Public Health
Services and Systems Research: Vol. 2: No. 1, Article 7. Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/frontiersinphssr/vol2/iss1/7b
Varda, D.M., J.H. Retrum, and K.Kuenzi. (2012).
"The Influence of Teaching Methodology on Student Social
Interaction", Journal of Public Affairs Education 18(4), 633-660.
Varda, Danielle M. and Jessica H. Retrum. (2012). "An
Exploratory Analysis of Network Characteristics and Quality of Interactions
Among Public Health Collaboratives". Journal
of Public Health Research. 1(2), 170-176.
Varda, Danielle M., Jo Ann Shoup, and Sara E Miller. (2012). “A
systematic review of collaboration and network research in the public affairs
literature: implications for public health practice and research.”, American Journal of Public Health, 102(3):564-7.
Varda, Danielle M. (2011). “A Network Perspective on State–Society
Synergy to Increase Community-Level Social Capital”, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40(5): 896-923.
Varda, Danielle M.
(2011). “Data-Driven Management Strategies in Public Health Collaboratives”, Journal of Public Health Management and
Practice, 17(2), 122-132. http://www.rwjf.org/coverage/product.jsp?id=72816
Varda, Danielle M., Rich Forgette, David
Banks, and Noshir Contractor. (2009). "Social Network Methodology in the
Study of Disasters: Issues and Insights Prompted by Post-Katrina Research” Population Research & Policy Review, 28 (1): 11-29.
Peter deLeon and Varda,
Danielle M (2009). “Toward a Theory of
Collaborative Policy Networks: Identifying Structural Tendencies”. Policy
Studies Journal. 37(1): 59-74.
Mendel, Peter, Cheryl L. Damberg, Melony E.S.
Sorbero, Danielle M. Varda, and Donna O. Farley. (2009) “The Growth of
Partnerships to Support Patient Safety Practice Adoption.” Health Services Research, Special Issue, 42 (2): 717-738.
Varda, Danielle M. and Jo Arney (2009). “Management of Interorganizational
Intersectoral (ISIO) Cause-Based Networks: The Case of Firm Participation
in Voluntary Environmental Sustainability Programs.” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, v15(2).
Derose, Kathryn and Danielle M. Varda. (2009) “Social Capital and
Health Care Access: A Systematic Review.” Medical Care Research
Paarlberg, Laurie and
Danielle M. Varda. (2009) “Community Carrying Capacity: A Network
Perspective.” Nonprofit and Voluntary
Sector Quarterly 38: 597-613.
Varda, Danielle M., Anita Chandra, Stefanie Stern, and Nicole Lurie (2008).
“Core Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives” Journal of
Public Health Management and Practice, 14(5): E1-E7.
Melinda Moore, Edward Chan, Nicole Lurie, Agnes
Gereben Schaefer, Danielle M. Varda
and John A Zambrano. (2008) “Strategies to improve global influenza
surveillance: A decision tool for policymakers.” BMC
Public Health. 8:186.
Varda, D. 2016. “Strategies
for Researching Social Networks in Disaster Response, Recover, and Mitigation.”
Jones, E. and A.J. Faas. Social Network Analysis of Disaster Response,
Recovery, and Adaptation. (41-56). Elsvevier.
Ronfeldt, David and Danielle M. Varda. (2010). Prospects of Cyberocracy
Revisited. In I.L. Horowitz (Ed.), Culture
and Civilization (pp. 130-146). New Brunswick: Rutgers.
deLeon, Peter and Danielle M Vogenbeck. (2006) “The Policy Sciences
at the Crossroads,” Fischer, Frank et al (eds). Handbook of Public Policy
Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods, Taylor and Francis.
Peter and Danielle M Vogenbeck.
(2005) “Back to Square One: A History and Projection of the Policy Sciences,”
John Raben et al (eds.) Public Administration: A Handbook, third
edition, NY: Marcel Dekker.