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.
In 2017 and 2018, STRENGTHENING STEWARDSHIP NETWORKS IN THE LAKE SIMCOE WATERSHED employed SNA to to better understand relationships within and between 41 agricultural commodity associations, not-for-profit environmental and grassroots farm organizations working to protect and restore the health of the lake Simcoe and it’s watershed. Data was generated using a two-part online survey that gathered information on organizational attributes and relationships among organizations. Maps that visualize relationships were presented to stakeholders at a workshop and results were used to identify collaboration opportunities. Results have been archived at simcoesna.ca and the project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
In 2015 and 2016, STRENGTHENING NETWORKS IN THE GREAT LAKES gathered data on 143 environmental nonprofits from the US and Canada who work on public policy, monitoring and ecosystem restoration, public awareness and education, and community organizing. The project focused on using SNA to better understand and assess relationships among these organizations and on finding opportunities to strengthen connections for greater collective impact. Data visualization tools mapped how organizations connected and interacted with one another, and to identify opportunities to share information and experiences and to improve coordination and collaboration. Results have been archived at gla.sustainabilitynetwork.ca and the project was funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation.