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Date and time: Wednesday 17th April 2019 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Social network analysis: Uses in evaluation
Presenters: Matt Healey and Dan Healy, First Person Consulting
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 15th April 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the VIC Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our monthly seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Victoria and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please pass this onto your colleagues and networks.

Seminar overview

Social network analysis (SNA) is a useful approach for capturing the structure and interactions of networks between agents – whether they be individuals, groups and organisations. While networks can be incredibly complex and dynamic, well designed network analysis can reveal features of networks that are otherwise difficult to see. They provide a visual output that can be used in reports, workshops and embedded on websites.

Possibilities for SNA include program evaluation, partnership mapping and evaluation, stakeholder mapping to inform program planning, strategic planning and community engagement. This Seminar will provide a brief overview of SNA, the steps we typically go through to design and implement SNA and different options for presentation.

To help step through the process, we will undertake an SNA of attendees at the Seminar. This will be a practical (and likely entertaining) approach that will provide an informal setting to discuss the possibilities for SNA.

Presenter's background

Matt Healey and Dan Healy (no relation) are both Senior Consultants and Co-Founders of First Person Consulting (FPC).

Matt comes from a background that spans international education, the not-for-profit sector and consulting. He works on projects across the breadth of FPC’s work including program design and program evaluation. Matt has drawn on SNA to evaluate partnerships, identify key community members / champions and to build understanding and consensus among workshop participants. He’s a big fan of entertaining and engaging workshop activities that allow participants to ‘have a go’ and enjoy themselves at the same time.

Dan has a PhD in social psychology and has undertaken a range of SNA projects over the last several years. These include mapping of the significance of partners’ roles in project delivery and understanding the networks of natural resource management organisations in Western Australia. His most significant project was a SNA of organisations in the Latrobe Valley following the Hazelwood Mine Fire. This work explored the role of trust in the dissemination of information and implications for future emergencies more broadly.  Dan is interested in capturing complexity in simple and visually appealing ways and believes there is something in SNA for everyone!

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:

This seminar relates to Domain 2: Evaluative Knowledge (Theoretical Foundations) and Domain 4: Research Methods and Systematic Inquiry


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