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Making Connections: Using Social Network Analysis for Program Evaluation

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Publication Date: November 2009

Author(s): Todd Honeycutt

Topic: Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Research Methods; Data; Social Network Analysis; SNA

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Social network analysis, a methodological approach to measuring and mapping relationships, can be used to study whole networks, all of the ties within a defined group, or connections that individuals have in their personal communities. This brief introduces the concepts behind SNA and illustrates how to use this method in process and outcome evaluations.