Posts filed under ‘Network analysis & mapping’

Network mapping on LinkedIn

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The online networking site LinkedIn has introduced quite a new interesting feature where you can make a network map of your contacts – mine is found above.  How it works is that it assign colors based on how all of the people in your network — such as people you went to school with, friends or colleagues — are interconnected – so the different colors represent your main “groups”.

You can try it our here>>

February 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

More resources on network mapping

As I’ve written about before,  I’m very interested in how network mapping can be used in evaluation.

Here are two excellent resources for people wanting to learn more about this research technique:

1) A training course conducted by Steeve Ebener of WHO on “Social Network Analysis, Mapping social relations”.  You can view the training slides for eight sessions – and there is really some excellent examples of how network mapping can be used.

2) A manual “Network Mapping as a Diagnostic Tool” by Louise Clark (pdf). A “how to” guide on network mapping and an explanation of how to use a popular network mapping software UCINET (I use it too, it’s the best I’ve found).

December 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Evaluating online communication tools

Online tools, such as corporate websites, members’ directories or portals increasingly play an important role in communications’ strategies.  And of course,  they are increasingly important to evaluate.

I just concluded an evaluation of an online tool, created to facilitate the exchange of information amongst a specific community. The tool in question, the Central Register of Disaster Management Capacities is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The evaluation methodology that I used for evaluating this online tool is interesting as it combines:

  • Content analysis
  • Network mapping
  • Online survey
  • Interviews
  • Expert review
  • Web metrics

And for once, you can dig into the methodology and findings as the evaluation report is available publicly: View the full report here (pdf) >>

November 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Automated network mapping

An interesting development in network mapping is the ability to do it automatic and “live”. I’ve been involved in doing network mapping of conferences the old-fashion way – manually (as I’ve written about before). This article in the Technology Review explains how automated network mapping was done at a conference. Simply put, conference participants were given a badge (as pictured above) that tracked their proximity to other badges and sent this data to a central computer which then analysed the data and produced a real time visualisation of the event’s social network (pictured above). Interesting…

Read the full article here >>

August 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Social network analysis and evaluation

nullMeasuring networks can have many applications: how influence works, how change happens within a community, how people meet, etc. I’m interested in measuring networks as indicator of how contacts are established amongst people, particularly in events and conferences, as I’ve written about previously.

In this area, there is a new resource page available on social network analysis and evaluation from M&E news. The page contains many useful resources and examples of network analysis and evaluation for non-profit organisations, education, events and research and development – including one from myself.

(Above image is from a network analysis of a conference, further information is available here>> )


June 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

network mapping tool

As regular readers will now, I am interested in network mapping and have undertaken some projects where I have used network mapping to assess networks that have emerged as a result of conferences.

Here is quite an interesting tool, Net-Map, an interview-based mapping tool. The creators of this tool state that it is a “tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes”.

Read further about the tool and view many of the illustrative images here>>


May 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

conference evaluation and network mapping


Often we attend conferences where one of the stated objectives is “increase/build/create networking” and I always found it odd that there is never any attempt to measure if networking really took place.

A possible solution is to map networks created by participants at conferences – and compare these networks to those that existed before the conferences.

This is exactly what I have done recently in a network mapping study that you can view here (pdf – 1 MB) and the above image is from. From the LIFT conference of 2007, we mapped the networks of 28 participants (out of 450 total participants) before and after the conferences. We found some quite surprising results:

  • These 28 participants had considerable networks prior to the conference – reaching some 30% of all participants.
  • These networks increased after the conference -the 28 people were then connected to some 50% of all participants.
  • Based on the sample of 28 participants, most participants doubled their networks at LIFT07 – e.g. if you went to the conference knowing five people, you would likely meet another five people at the conference – thus doubling your network to ten.

Although this is only a mapping of 28 participants, it provides some insight into conferences and how networks develop – it’s also quite interesting that 28 people can reach 50% (225 people) of the total conference participants in this case.

View the full report here (pdf – 1 MB).

If you are after further information on network mapping, I recommend Rick Davies’ webpage on network mapping. Although it focuses on development projects it contains a lot of useful information on network mapping in general.


January 14, 2008 at 8:20 pm 12 comments

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