People who support the project or are affected by its results.
Sometimes called a reference group, a reference network is usually not a formal group, but is rather an umbrella term for people who support the project in various ways.
The reference network:
- Provides comment from a user or stakeholder perspective.
- Gives specialist support
- May do some limited work in the project.
- Keeps themselves regularly updated, passes on information and helps anchor the project.
When necessary, parts of a reference network can be organized into one or more groups e.g. a user group and a specialist network.
People can be part of the project team during their most active periods but be in the reference network the rest of the time.