Social Network Analysis

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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SEA Professional Development Week: Sheena Horton on Using Data Visualization for Your Own Professional Development and Networking

My name is Sheena Horton, Senior Analyst at MGT of America, Inc., and Board Member for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). It is no surprise that the use of data visualization in reporting and marketing is thriving. Studies have shown that humans process visual information better and faster than text. Data visualization can provide viewers …

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PD Presenters Week: Rebecca Woodland on Evaluating Organizational Collaboration

My name is Rebecca Woodland and I have had the pleasure of working to evaluate and cultivate organizational collaboration in a range of contexts and for many different purposes. In this post I’ll share tips that evaluators can use in the developmental, formative, and summative evaluation of inter-organizational and inter-personal collaboration. I’m excited to be …

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SNA TIG Week: Sophia Guevara on Continuing Your SNA learning

My name is Sophia Guevara, Program Co-Chair for the Social Network Analysis (SNA) TIG.  This week, several evaluation professionals have shared with this blog’s readers their thoughts on social network analysis. With posts discussing logic models to examples of the application of social network analysis on a wide-range of evaluation questions, you’ve hopefully gained a better …

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