Social Network Analysis

SNA TIG Week: Going beyond the graph – Tools to increase interest in the results of SNA by Sophia Guevara

My name is Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA. This post will focus on how to present the results of SNA in a way that goes beyond the report.  Oftentimes, evaluation professionals are asked to study a program and/or a network with the results of the study often ending up in a large report.  After an initial …

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SNA TIG Week: Researchers making use of SNA in healthcare, care coordination and fraud investigations by Sophia Guevara

My name is Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA.  While conducting research for the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau challenges, I came up with interesting research that provided information on how Social Network Analysis (SNA) is being used in healthcare.  Here are four papers that I came across in my research that might …

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SNA TIG Week: Is There A Divide Between SNA Data And Traditional Evaluation Data? by Simon Geletta

My name is Simon Geletta and I’m a professor in the Department of Public Health at Des Moines University.  In most program evaluation programs that rely on quantitative data for evaluation, the focus of data preparation is for statistical analysis – not for social network analysis (SNA). Some scholars have highlighted the differences in the …

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SNA TIG Week: An Introduction to Network Canvas by Gregory Phillips

Hello! I’m Gregory Phillips and I work with both the EDIT and CONNECT research programs at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Here at EDIT, we use evaluation, data integration, and technical assistance to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ populations in Chicago and …

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SNA TIG Week: Is It A Small World After All? by Dr. Abhik Roy

Hello! My name is . I am an assistant professor at West Virginia University and part of the SNA TIG. In this post, I would simply like to discuss how the history of social networks impacted you. Cool Trick: Small Worlds In 1967, Stanley Milgram sent out 160 packages to random people in Omaha, Nebraska. …

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SNA TIG Week: A Little History by Maryann Durland

Hi! I’m Maryann Durland and this week the Social Network Analysis (SNA) TIG will be posting. First SNA is frequently referred to as Network Analysis and Organizational Analysis, depending on the field of interest. These terms come out of the social sciences, particularly sociology, anthropology, economics, and other social science areas. In some cases, network …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Using Social Network Analysis to evaluate professional development for teachers by Valerie Ehrlich, Tim Leisman, Micela Leis, and Jeff Kosovich

Hello AEA 365! We are the Societal Advancement Insights & Impact team at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. (Valerie Ehrlich, Tim Leisman, Micela Leis, and Jeff Kosovich.) Professional networks among teachers play an important role in K-12 settings, where certain network characteristics have been linked to improved teacher practices and student outcomes. …

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SNA TIG Week: Using SNA to evaluate impact in complex systems by Jeneen R. Garcia

My name is Jeneen R. Garcia. I’ve been a full-time evaluator at the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF IEO) for the last seven years. The GEF is the largest multilateral funder of environmental programs worldwide. Because the programs we evaluate almost all take place in complex social-ecological systems, we constantly need …

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SNA TIG Week: That’s A Pretty Picture, So What? by Rebecca Swann-Jackson

My name is Rebecca Swann-Jackson, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.  I currently manage evaluation projects focused on teacher preparation and development, and educational programs and community-based initiatives serving urban children and families.  In the evaluation of an urban teacher residency …

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SNA TIG Week: What else can you do with SNA besides SNA? by Bethany Laursen

Hello, everyone! I’m Bethany Laursen, principal consultant at Laursen Evaluation & Design, LLC and doctoral student at Michigan State University. I love sense making tools, don’t you? I need help untangling complex data into meaningful findings! Social network analysis (SNA) is one of those tools, and it can do a lot more than its name …

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