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Friday, September 6 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Visualizing Your Network for Adaptive Program Decision Making

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Social network analysis (SNA) is a powerful tool for understanding the networks of organizations and institutions in which your development work is embedded. It can be used to create interventions that are responsive to local needs and to measure systems change over time. But, what does SNA really look like in practice? This hands-on session will give participants the chance to experience SNA for themselves and to learn how to integrate the approach into development work.

To kick things off, we will share examples from ACDI/VOCA and Root Change programs, highlighting diverse SNA software, data collection methodologies, and analysis metrics. In groups, participants will use a framework to explore the application of this approach and develop key SNA learning questions. Groups will also have the opportunity to interpret SNA visuals, walking away with key SNA skills.


Jennifer Himmelstein

Director of Corporate Analysis, ACDI/VOCA
Dr. Jennifer Himmelstein is the Director of Corporate Analysis & Technical Assurance at ACDI/VOCA, an international development non-profit. Jennifer performs cross-cutting organizational analysis for ACDI/VOCA, conducts specialized evaluation studies and provides monitoring and evaluation... Read More →

Rachel Dickinson

Technical Officer for Research and Learning, Root Change
Rachel Dickinson works with Root Change’s team to create effective monitoring, evaluation, research and learning processes. She is responsible for data analysis endeavors, as well as coding and programming support for Root Change’s online network visualization and feedback tool... Read More →
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Alexis Banks

Technical Officer, Root Change
Alexis Banks works with our global partners to share learning and advocate for alternative approaches to development. She pioneered Root Change's “Thinking and Working in Systems” blended learning course and supports the development of our online social network analysis and feedback... Read More →

Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Balcony E FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC