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School of Public Affairs

Danielle Varda, Ph.D.

Center Director and Associate Professor

Danielle-Varda-PARTNER-profile.pngDanielle 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) – 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.  

It was 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 administering surveys. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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