The Future of SNA

Throughout meetings and interviews during May trip the team and I found that there has been some movement within the focus groups in Chaguite. These focus groups were a result of the sample study done by Copeland and the team 2 years before. The movement is not necessarily bad as long as the practices can still be built off the organic organization. The movement does indicate, though, that the sample study, as it was not a population study, did not paint a complete picture of Chaguite’s communication and leadership network.

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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.

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The Final Rainy Days

In the final days of our stay in Nicaragua, the rainy season arrived. A few days before our departure we began taking detours to avoid road construction. Now I understand what all the construction was for! On the last Sunday, we hiked around the community with no luck in finding any women to interview for the sub-study. Fortunately, we were able to pilot the much larger interview protocol on a male participant.  The air was sticky and hot and after an attempt at finding health workers in surrounding communities to interview for clinic purposes, it started pouring, so we turned around and headed down the mountain one last time.That completed the data collection for this round of SNA.

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The Sub-Study Begins! Entry from 5/27/13

 

We have begun the sub-study! After typing up transcriptions from community meetings that had been held the day prior, I put together a list of community members that had not yet been interviewed by the MANOS team. I decided to use this sample in hopes of interviewing a marginalized group. Using the team’s documents I identified those participants and located their homes on our map of the community. Interestingly, many of the people who had not been interviewed were located furthest from the main road. I soon found out that could have been due partially to the steep inclines and rocky terrain around some of these homes.

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Week One in Nicaragua! Piloting the Protocol.

Prior to leaving for Nicaragua I worked with Professor Aday to decide what aspects of communication we would like to look at and analyze using social network analysis. My teammates and I read the article, “Social Network Analysis for Organizations”, written by Noel M. Tichy, which outlines the main SNA methodologies. In prior research conducted by MANOS members, students have used the “reputational method” to interview community members, asking questions such as “who works on the behalf of the community”. We decided that this round we’re going to focus on the “transactional content”. We are looking for direct communication regarding health and we’ll also be looking at how often these interactions occur and where they occur.

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