Learn How to Use PARTNER ToolPARTNER is a tool that allows people/organizations that work together as a “network” to measure and monitor collaborative activity over time. Using social network analysis, network measures indicate progress of collaboration by assessing which partners are involved, the ways that partners exchange resources, and provide a better understanding of the amount of effort required to sustain a collaborative. Additionally, outcome measures related to the process of collaboration are provided.

PARTNER is unique from other social network analysis tools because this tool includes both a survey and an analysis tool. The survey is linked to the analysis tool, allowing you to analyze your data with a simple command to “upload” your data. It requires no data cleaning or creation of a network survey from scratch. PARTNER provides a comprehensive set of tools that take you from start to finish, and puts you in control of when your survey is administered and the results are analyzed.

By using the tool, you will be able to demonstrate to stakeholders, partners, evaluators, and funders how your collaborative activity has changed over time and progress made in regard to how community members and organizations participate.

Elements of the Tools

The following are examples of data that will be collected.

  • Identification of partners within the collaboration.
  • Record of the frequency of interactions.
  • Elements of the strength and quality of the interactions.
  • Measures of trust and value within the collaboration.
  • Network scores to report and illustrate changes to collaboration activity over time.
  • Outcomes measures related to success of the collaborative, products and programs developed, and change to relationships among members of the collaborative are provided.

Analysis Possibilities

  • Visualizations to show who is connected to whom, including the strength of links and characteristics of the collaboration members (see below).
  • Network scores representing the density, centralization, and trust of the collaborative are provided.
  • Outcomes measures related to success of the collaborative, products and programs developed, and change to relationships among members of the collaborative are provided.

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