Revealing the Network
A social network analysis (SNA) of the participants in the Environmental Evaluators Network Pacific Forum provides a window into how the network could become stronger and more effective. It also provides an example for exploring the potential for SNA to be a tool for environmental evaluation.
The lines in the network map below show the answers that 69 of the 81 forum registrants gave when asked who they have worked with in the past 3 years, who they want to work with in the future, and who they get ideas from. They named another 160 people in addition to the Forum registrants.
Weaving the Network
The network map below shows past collaboration ties between Forum registrants, and is colored by the environmental topic in which they would like to be active in the future. One simple network weaving strategy is called “closing triangles” in which one person knows two people who don’t know each other, and introduces them. A second strategy is forming self-organized peer-learning groups on topics of common interest. The map suggests many ways Forum participants could practice these network weaving strategies.
What can social network analysis contribute to environmental evaluation?
Among the many questions addressed in environmental evaluations, it’s likely that some of them are about relationships. Relationships are central to program and organizational effectiveness, and SNA is a systematic tool for investigating patterns of relationships.
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