Social Network Analysis

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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SNA TIG Week: Social Network Analysis with ORA by Sophia Guevara and Simon Geletta

My name is Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA.  I am a co-chair for the Social Network Analysis Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association.   My co-writer is Simon Geletta, who was a past program chair of the SNA TIG. Simon is a professor of public health at the Des Moines University. In this post we …

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SNA TIG Week: SNA for Program Evaluation – Dispelling Common Myths by Rebecca Woodland

Hello, my name is Rebecca Woodland and I teach Introduction Social Network Analysis as an AEA pre-conference workshop and at UMass Amherst. Those who enroll in these courses come from all walks of the evaluation field and I feel quite fortunate to have the opportunity to learn alongside so many talented professionals. What I’ve learned. …

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SNA TIG Week: Social Network Analysis (SNA) TIG Member Survey 2017 by Maryann Maxwell Durland

I am Maryann Maxwell Durland and I am part of the leadership team of the Social Network Analysis (SNA) TIG, along with Rebecca Woodland, and Sophia Guevara. One important distinction between our TIG and many others is that we are not a primary TIG for many members, but rather a “secondary” choice. Primary choices tend …

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TRE TIG Week: Using Social Network Analysis to Demonstrate Research Collaborations by Jessica Wakelee

My name is Jessica Wakelee, with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  As evaluators for our institution’s NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) and CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC), one of our team’s tasks is to find ways to understand and demonstrate capacity for collaborative research.  This is a great need among the investigators on …

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DG TIG Week: Evaluating Political Networks for Democratic Change by Linda Stern

My name is Linda Stern, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) at the National Democratic Institute.  One challenge to evaluating democracy assistance programs is developing comparative metrics for change in political networks overtime. The dynamism within political networks and the fluidity of the political environments make traditional cause-and-effect frameworks and indicators superficial for capturing …

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Kayla Brooks on Why and How You Should Be Using Social Network Analysis

My name is Kayla Brooks and I am the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at One Earth Future Foundation. One of my primary responsibilities involves measuring the level of collaboration within the networks of our implementation projects. In this post, I discuss how to use social network analysis to measure collaboration and network effectiveness and provide …

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