Strengthening Stewardship Networks In The Lake Simcoe Watershed

Social Network Analysis (SNA) involves mapping and measuring how organizations, groups and people connect and interact with one another. Results serve as a foundation for developing strategies and initiatives to make networks, and the organizations that comprise them, more efficient, effective and impactful. The goal of this project is to employ SNA to better understand relationships within and between agricultural commodity associations, not-for-profit environmental and grassroots farm organizations are working to protect and restore the health of Lake Simcoe and its watershed. Data will be generated using a two-part online survey to gather information on organizational attributes and relationships among organizations with interests in the stewardship of the watershed. Lake Simcoe watershed. Maps that visualize relationships among participating organizations will form the basis for a workshop that brings together representatives of farm/commodity organizations and ENGOs to interpret the SNA results and identify opportunities to enhance stewardship through cooperation
and collaboration. Results will also be shared via a webbased platform, project report, and possibly through conference presentations and a webinar. We are working in partnership with Tony Maas and April Weppler of Freshwater Future and Dr. Julia Baird of Brock University.