social network analysis

Understanding the Role of the World Bank Group in a Crowded Institutional Landscape [Network analysis example]

In this example, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG - part of the World Bank Group) have used a network analysis to gain a better understanding of the role of the World Bank Group's policy interventions in the health sector in Liberia in the context of many other organisations and interventions.

Social Network Analysis

This is a one-page guide to Social Network Analysis. It was developed by the FAO using materials provided by the Overseas Development Institute's Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme. It provides a brief overview, practical tips for using the technique, and a list of resources for more information. 

Network Weaving for Regional Development: An Evaluation of the Caucasus' Agricultural Alliances in Armenia and Georgia Using Social Network Analysis

Written by Larry Dersham and Tikhon (Lasha) Bokuchava for Oxfam, this research report is an example of applying Social Network Analysis to evaluate the stage of development of development of two regional alliances.

Monitoring the composition and evolution of the research networks of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)

This Brief provides an example of how Social Network Analysis (SNA) can be used, in the context of agricultural research. The authors describe what SNA is, and how it was applied, step by step. They also present the findings of a particular network analysis, so readers can understand what types of information a SNA can generate, its pros and cons. In this example, SNA is used as a monitoring mechanism to study the evolution of a research network, and consequently, the evolution of the types of research being conducted.

For more information on how the SNA was used, and the results, please refer to the full report.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 8: Using Social Network Analysis for M&E

Cris Sette's picture 20th February 2013 by Cris Sette

Most of the work done in development is done in collaboration, in partnership with individuals or organizations who contribute to a particular task or project we are working on. These collaborations are sometimes very straight forward, but sometimes they are quite complex, and involve many links and relationships.

With that in mind, I would like to share an approach I am working on,  Social Network Analysis (SNA). We are using SNA to study research networks, its characteristics and how the network contributes to better research outcomes.