Net-Map: Collecting social network data and facilitating network learning through participatory influence network mapping

Eva Schiffer & Jennifer Hauck
World Bank

LIMITED to 20 Seats

Net-Map is a low-tech, low-cost, interview-based mapping tool that combines the mapping of multiplex networks with actor analyses and an in-depth qualitative discussion of the network. As a research tool it delivers quantitative network data, an assessment of the influence, goals and roles of the actors (independent of their centrality) and rich qualitative data which digs deeper into the questions ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’. Further, the tool can be used for group facilitation, strategic planning, conflict resolution and change management, as it allows groups to engage in productive discussions about the complexity of a problem, structural reasons for success and failure, bottlenecks and windows of opportunities.

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to briefly introduce the Net-Map method and some case study examples, before the participants will map out their own case studies and in the process learn how to develop an appropriate question, facilitate the interview and ‘read’ and discuss the resulting map.

The workshop is open to everybody, but could be of special interest for researchers involved in participatory and applied research. It does not require previous experience with social network analysis.