Net-Map training, 16th-17th August, Washington DC

Net-Map Toolbox

You want to understand the politics of a reform, manage the people side of your business, evaluate complex projects or do engaging qualitative, quantitative and visual network research?

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#SOCRMx Week 7: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

Jenny Connected

The past two weeks in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC (SOCRMx) have covered ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ (Week 6 Quantitative data analysis) and ‘Interpretation and Trustworthiness in Qualitative Data Analysis’ (Week 7).

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First Net-Map training in Nairobi, Kenya (May 21-23)

Net-Map Toolbox

My colleague Amit Nag will travel to Kenya to teach this three day course (May 21-23) that includes the methodological background, hands-on pen-and-paper facilitation practice and an introduction in how to computerize the maps and get started with more quantitative analysis.

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#SOCRMx Week 5: Data Analysis

Jenny Connected

One paper took a qualitative approach to data generation and the other a quantitative approach. In this second half of the Introduction to Social Research Methods course the focus shifts from data generation and research methods to data analysis. Click on image for source).

2017 64

Blog>> User Adoption and Valuating Performance

Green Chameleon

qualitative satisfaction : beside the quantitative valuation, also measure how happy the people are with the new solution; regularly read the pulse with simple mood questionnaires; we are using the ‘net promoter score’ where we ask if the people would recommend our services.

2012 46

Value Creation in Communities of Practice

Jenny Connected

This value can be measured quantitatively through the collection of data such as offered by Google analytics, but also through individual and collective narratives. A key focus of BEtreat was to discuss Etienne Wenger et al.’s s most recent work on value creation in communities of practice.

Good on Employees for Not Mingling

Michael Sampson - Currents

In terms of how the article deals with GE Colab, my only comment is that the global director of digital strategy makes reference to quantitative usage metrics (page views, number of comments, time per visit), rather than any specific business outcomes per se. With the middle of winter hitting down under aligned with the arrival of school holidays, I took a week of vacation with my family.

2014 40

Notes on “Using SharePoint as the Canvas for Student Creativity and Inspired Solutions” (Lou Zulli)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Did a lot of quantitative analysis to figure out how to make things simpler for teachers. - … the Campus Hall Pass System, started in 2010. Lou is talking about the use of SharePoint at Lakewood High School, and how students are deeply involved. Some notes: - Lakewood has been using SharePoint since 2001. SharePoint 2010 was the eye-opening experience; “look at what we can do with this.”

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High performance leadership/decisions: business game findings

The Bumble Bee

Ideally this evidence should be representative and quantitative but it can also be purely anecdotal provided it can be verified by a third party.

2013 78

Citizens or customers?

Chris Corrigan

In essence, the New Public Management seeks to (a) isolate public services, so that (b) each can be run by an individual manager, who is (c) held accountable for quantitate measures of performance, while (d) treating the recipient of these services as “customers.”

2016 20

What toddler tantrums tell you about work conflicts – Or: The risks and benefits of being a pattern thinker

Net-Map Toolbox

I realized that it’s not so much about whether you are more of a left brain or right brain person, whether you think in numbers or stories (quantitative vs. qualitative), but it’s about being able to see patterns. Or, to move this from the (made up) quantitative to the more qualitative description of the same question: How can you become a skeptical optimist instead of becoming a cynic?

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From intuition to knowing for sure: a case of applying learning analytics at course level

Joitske Hulsebosch

Blogpost is written in collaboration with Francois Walgering from MOOCfactory and Sibrenne Wagenaar from Ennuonline. More and more trainers and facilitators use online platforms for online interaction to facilitate learning. This is akin to face-to-face facilitation but also has its own dynamics.

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#SOCRMx Week 4: ‘half-way’ tasks and reflections

Jenny Connected

Particularly useful is reference to this open textbook : Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods with specific reference to Chapters 14.1 (Click on the image to go to source.). This post should have been made at the end of last week.

2017 11

Networks, gender and race in job-searchers in rural America (Missouri)

Net-Map Toolbox

We collected ross-sectional quantitative and qualitative information about job-seeking networks through in-depth interviews with 9 local residents. How do the networks of black and white, male and female job-seekers differ?

Can Sentiment Analysis Be Effectively Automated?

Portals and KM

He continues, “a common mistake is people try to turn social media data into quantitative information. Listening to the voice of the customer is a major initiative for many companies. Sentiment analysis is a growing component of the tools to assist in this effort. Sentiment analysis is defined by the Wikipedia as “the application of natural language processing , computational linguistics , and text analytics to identify and extract subjective information in source materials.”

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#Share2011 - @sarahhaase De-Mystifying ROI Calculation for #SharePoint (Sarah Haase, Best Buy)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sarah has a great grid to show possible ROI measures - splitting between quantitative and qualitative. -. In the penultimate session of Share 2011, Sarah Haase is presenting her second session of the conference - about ROI for SharePoint.

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What is the Diversification ‘Sweet Spot’? We have an Answer.15%

Governance in a Networked World

What is lacking is specific guidance with some quantitative measures, linked to bottom line outcomes. How powerful would it be to have a quantitative measure for diversity that is clearly linked to your bottom line performance? The cry for diversification Boards is loud and clear.

2012 43

Civic Crowdfunding vs Tax – Collaborative Government #Gov2

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

First, it provides a comprehensive quantitative overview of the subgenre of civic crowdfunding, its most common project types and its geographic distribution.

2014 89

Teaching English with Technology – does it work? Part 1

e-Moderation Station

The data analysis involved both qualitative and quantitative approaches: questionnaires were administered to the students, and two software packages were used to analyze the linguistic complexity of their blog posts. Photo by Nico Cavallotto. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

SOCRMx Week 2 Surveys

Jenny Connected

I have found all this fascinating but the truth of the matter is that I prefer collecting qualitative data to quantitative data. I have divided this post into two parts. The first part reports on information from the course site.

2017 11

Talking about counting things

Chris Corrigan

Sometimes people see that I’m a dialogue practitioner and the assume that I am not a fan of quantitative measurement. In any endeavour both qualitative and quantitative measurements are important. I think this has to do with the fact that the dialogue practitioner community has been a kind of antithesis to the “measure and manage” world of empirical scientific management.

Ethical behaviours online

Jenny Connected

These indicators have been identified from both quantitative and qualitative data suggesting that ‘bad behaviour’ cannot be simply a matter of individual perception.

2015 23

(Intranet2011) "Evolving an Intranet Team as Intranet Evolves with SharePoint" - Hugh Coughlan, CBA

Michael Sampson - Currents

Quantitative analysis is important for proving benefits. At Intranets2011 , Hugh from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is talking about evolving an intranet team as an intranet evolves with SharePoint. Key points: - Mid-2008 - 250 authors requesting publication of simple changes.

Public Shared Services Design: the service cost and quality balancing act

The Bumble Bee

The issue, of course, is that as soon as the quality of service enters the discussion the whole debate moves from the quantitative (numbers) to the qualitative (opinions) and unless you are very careful may actually stall the whole design process.

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Do you doodle?

Net-Map Toolbox

I know that for a lot of quantitative analysis you need standardized questions and answers and it is great to be able to say something statistically significant about things… but I personally just prefer a situation where I can really connect with the other person and listen to what they have to say. Doodledidoo. copyright by lourdieee on flickr).

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The Seven Habits (??) of Highly Effective Collaborators - Think Organizations, Not People

Michael Sampson - Currents

These companies averaged a revenue loss of 7% last year and had very little quantitative value associated with their collaborative efforts. Hyoun from Aberdeen proposes a list of seven habits that highly effective collaborative organizations enact: ". we focused on the plight of the Laggards: the bottom 30% of our respondents.

Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

Jenny Connected

Following the MOOC we created a Survey Monkey survey related to a botanical drawing of a rhizome in which we wanted to elicit qualitative rather than quantitative data.

Who wants to learn Net-Map and why?

Net-Map Toolbox

Researchers: What they want to do with Net-Map: They are interested in combining qualitative and quantitative methods, might or might not know quantitative network analysis, might be involved in research for social change, exploratory research, intercultural research.

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The Intercession of a Thousand Small Sanities

How to Save the World

diagram from my earlier blog post explaining what complex systems are and how they differ from ‘merely complicated’ systems.

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On Twitter and in the Workplace, It's Power to the Connectors - Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Harvard Business Review

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

The results are transparent and purely quantitative; network size is all that matters. The results are transparent and purely quantitative; network size is all that matters.

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Collaborative Thinking: The Value Of Being A "Generalist"

Collaborative Thinking

Cross: The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations David Knoke: Social Network Analysis (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences) John P Scott: Social Network Analysis: A Handbook Martin Kilduff: Social Networks and Organizations Linton C.

Neighbourliness research needs to take account of personality


You’re not going to get headline quantitative findings. Few people will pay much attention to a piece of master’s research on neighbourly interactions with just 22 survey respondents and nine interviews.

Want to Know What Community Members (a.k.a. Customers) Need? Just Ask.

Online Community Strategy

Online surveys are really great at getting quick quantitative feedback, and the results (depending on the tool) are fairly easily to analyze and study. Are you “Member Shy”? In its most basic form, a community strategy is a balance of an organization’s goals and its member’s (a.k.a

Bioteams and the beliefs of high performing teams

The Bumble Bee

Such a diagnostic could be very complimentary to other quantitative predictors of team/project performance such as the DICE Method described in The Hard Side of Change Management by Hal Sirkin, Perry Keenan and Alan Jackson of Boston Consulting Group. Team Beliefs are the fuel which can really energise or kill team effectiveness. Unfortunately this is often the most neglected aspect of a high-performing team initiative.

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The Four to Five Year Tenure for CIOs

Portals and KM

The article also pointed out that ironically most quantitative survey support this five year tenure or less. Patrick Thibodeau recently wrote an interesting piece for ComputerWorld, CIOs aren't CIOs for long. He talked about the relative sort tenure for CIOs and conveyed as assessment by Frank Petersmark, CIO of Amerisure Mutual Insurance: “The first year as CIO is the honeymoon. The second year is about strategy and planning, and the third year is about implementing.


To count or not to count…

Net-Map Toolbox

Sometimes it seems to me as if a lot of people love quantitative methods as the easy way out, “the figures show…&# and then you can’t argue any more. However, if you are really strict in using quantitative network analysis approaches, there are a lot of methodological pre-conditions: All actors need to be of the same kind, that is either individuals or organisations or departments, etc.

Green Chameleon » Knowledge Management Explained in Five Disciplines

Green Chameleon

I don’t think it’s necessary to be a “numbers person&# but the ability to identify, explain, and present correlations (qualitative and quantitative) in all of the data and information we work with is valuable not only to improving our own understanding, but to demonstrating KM’s value proposition to the organizations with which we work (I’m all about the KM value proposition in 2010).

Philosophical and methodological issues

Net-Map Toolbox

So finally, if we wanted to analyze anything quantitatively, we’d have to decide on a cut-off point (define that only links of a certain weight and above will be included) – how would we decide on that and would it make sense?

Philosophical and methodological issues

Net-Map Toolbox

So finally, if we wanted to analyze anything quantitatively, we’d have to decide on a cut-off point (define that only links of a certain weight and above will be included) – how would we decide on that and would it make sense?

Who is good at qualitative network analysis?

Net-Map Toolbox

And I have found that training in quantitative network analysis greatly helps in being able to detect patterns and structural issues, even if you don’t do the actual quantitative analysis. Just from the quantitative indicators. They get excited when we start looking into the quantitative network indicators. I’m struggling with this. And learning while I struggle.