Back in the US!

I am on campus and working through analysis done by an alumnus team member Molly Copeland. I have begun to put together a summary of how social network analysis has been used by the team and the indicators for further rounds of SNA, a full population study. Copeland’s analysis of Cuje’s and Chaguite’s networks provided empirical grounding in the teams past decisions. I have looked through her data sets and summaries of her work. I was also able to skype with her to add a narrative to the data.

A succinct  version of the MANOS SNA history:            The first round of social network analysis was exploratory. The team needed a way to identify organic connections within the community in order to implement a certain set of practices. Social network analysis was a way to have the community members identify those organic ties as well as measure the network density, how many of the possible ties actually exist. The SNA was performed in all the communities of Cuje. The study was not a population study, but the data collection resulted in a very basic picture of the key players in Cuje. With that information, the team decided to focus on Chaguite. Copeland and the team performed further rounds of SNA within Chaguite. GPS coordinates were being taken at the same time as the interviews and after months of analysis the team resulted in 5 different focus groups. Community members at the first focus group meetings eagerly took up these organic organizational structures.

 

MANOS Summer Team 2013

MANOS Summer Team 2013