A growing interdependency exists between government, networks and the private sector facilitated by information and communication technologies and a networked mode of organization that encourages cross-organization and cross-organizational interdependencies. “Networks allow innovative government officials to discharge government’s important role in solving social problems, by supporting – not supplanting – functioning elements in civil society.”1
We increasingly operate in a world where no one organization or individual can make the difference. Learn how to analyze and develop your network.
Social Network Analysis
We work with you to collect meaningful data from various stakeholders and partners in order to develop a visual map of the network around a particular issue or mission. The map will provide insights about connectivity that will lend themselves to asking and answering questions such as:
- Who is not connected to each other but should be because they are working in complementary issues or within the same region?
- Where are the gaps in activity and service that our network isn't providing?
- Is the distribution of resources meeting the needs of the network?
- Who are the gatekeepers or influencers that should be engaged to drive changes in opinion and behavior?
- How do deepen existing relationships to make the network more cohesive?
- How do we deal with conflict across different organizations with different interests?
Strategic Network Development
Such questing from the SNA can lead to pursuing a variety of network building strategies to achieve collective impact:
- Develop a collective agenda amongst organizations and individuals with similar foci of concern
- Create Individual network building plans for organizational staff playing a network weaver or community organizer role.
- Determine how to measure collective impact across a range of civil society/nonprofit/NGO, government and private sector actors.