Identifying actors, clarifying their roles, determining how they will be engaged and ensuring that they have adequate capacity to participate effectively are necessary first steps in good governance processes.

 

Visualizing your social network can be incredibly helpful in supporting wise decisions and better policy development.

 

Social network analysis is a useful visual management tool providing a snapshot of how people interact given a policy or management choice.  A network map supports a conversation of your organization' network effectiveness and opportunities for improvement. Your network map can be bench marked, tracking changes over time qualifying the impacts of management and policy choices on your organization.  Your network can also be compared to network archetypes proving for normative policy and management options.  To read more about comparing networks to archetypes review Nelson’s graduate thesis research.