Challenges to Using SNA to Evaluate the Asthma Evidence to Action Network

Session Number: 1358
Track: Social Network Analysis
Session Type: Poster
Tags: collaboration
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jessie Gerteis [Associate - Abt Associates]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Luba Katz [Senior Associate - Abt Associates]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rebecca Fink [Senior Analyst - Abt Associates]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lisa LeRoy [Principal Associate - Abt Associates]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Room: Poster 206

Other Authors: Ayodola Anise (
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

In 2014, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) established a network of teams working on asthma related projects with the goal of facilitating cross-learning by sharing insights and methods, and bringing multiple investigators together to address common challenges.  We employed social network analysis (SNA) to examine the evolution of the network over its first two years and found evidence of increased connections. However, we also encountered methodological challenges in using SNA for longitudinal analysis of this network. These included changes over time to the number of teams in the network and the number of members participating on each team.  In addition, monitoring connections at the individual level was not feasible due to the high level of respondent burden that would have been required to obtain sufficient data. We will present our findings and lessons learned for how to best use SNA to quantitatively monitor team-based research network collaboration over time.