Danielle M. Varda, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the School of Public
Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, where she also serves as the
Director of the Center on Collaborative Governance, Director of the
Nonprofit Concentration, Advisor for the Dual MPA-MPH Degree, and Campus
Director for the Professional Nonprofit Credential. She has a secondary
appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of
Health Systems, Management, and Policy. Danielle specializes in network
leadership and systems evaluation, focusing specifically in public
health systems and services research.
Her research focus is on
evaluating the network structure of collaborations between the public,
private, and nonprofit sectors and the subsequent network affects of
these recorded interactions. She has developed models and methods of
network measurement, for example in 2008, with funding from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, she developed a software tool (PARTNER) –
www.partnertool.net) that allows public health departments to measure
and monitor their collaborative activity over time. Dr. Varda’s PARTNER
tool is in use in over 1000 communities in over 30 countries.
featured in her first place award for the 2008 Maxwell School Collaborative Governance Initiative competition, Teaching Simulation.
In addition, she was awarded the “2009 Public Health Systems and
Services Article of the Year” award by Academy Health PHSSR Interest
Group for her paper “Core Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health
Collaboratives”. In 2010, she was awarded the Excellence in Research and
Creative Activities Award from the School of Public Affairs, University
of Colorado Denver. In 2015, she was awarded a spot in the Community First Foundation’s Innovators Society,
to compete for a large prize to develop new technology, the
Patient-Centered Network App, to link patients to community resources.
Her research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the
National Institute of Justice, the Department of Health and Human
Services, Veterans Administration, University of Kentucky School of
Public Health, and the Department of Defense. She is an experienced
interviewer, facilitator, and has extensive experience developing and