Presentation on theme: "Social Network Analysis of the Farm to Plate Network, 2011-2012 Drake Turner and Christopher Koliba, Ph.D. University of Vermont April 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Social Network Analysis of the Farm to Plate Network, Drake Turner and Christopher Koliba, Ph.D. University of Vermont April 2013
Research Objective How is the Farm to Plate Network structured? Does this structure create value for member organizations? Funded through the James M. Jeffords Policy Research Center
Network Analysis and Food Systems How is network analysis applied to the food system? Biology – study of food chains …and not much else + = ?
Research Question and Hypotheses RQ – How is the Farm to Plate Network structured on a governance level? How is it structured on an operational level? How do these structures compare to one another? H1 – The Farm to Plate Network increases and strengthens the connectivity of member organizations in the farm and food sector in Vermont. H2 – Farm to Plate Network member organizations tend to favor the exchange of information over the exchange of human resources in service of joint programs and projects and the exchange of financial resources. H3 – Government organizations, nonprofits, and academic organizations participate in the governing and operation of the Farm to Plate Network more centrally than for-profit or funder organizations.
Methods Online Survey Sent to representatives from all organizations in total network (212 organizations) 16 Questions about: Organization demographics Association with Farm to Plate Goals Assessment of impacts of network membership Collaboration with other network members Information Sharing, Project/Program Collaboration, Resource Sharing 85 organizations responded SPSS Demographic information, goals, and assessment of impacts Crosstabs and frequency statistics ORA/UCINET Governing network – meeting minutes Operational network – collaboration data from survey Network maps and centrality measures
Results “Our organization has formed new relationships in the past year as a direct result of our involvement in the Farm to Plate Network.” (n=85) H1 – The Farm to Plate Network increases and strengthens the connectivity of member organizations in the farm and food sector in Vermont.
“Our organization’s involvement in the Farm to Plate Network has helped strengthen our existing relationships.” (n=85) “The Farm to Plate Network is helping our organization to advance our organization’s own goals.” (n=85)
Social Network Analysis Terms Node Tie Density Centrality Degree Betweenness Eigenvector
Source: Farm to Plate Annual Report, 2012
F2P Governing Network
Governing Network – Number of Meetings Attended by Sector (n=142) Governing Network – Number of Meetings Attended by Organization (n=142)
Discussion: Limitations Missing data Response validity Calls for Future Research Baseline study Implications for Practice Network Managers Network Members Outsiders
Next steps: Generate peer review articles Issue a final report to F2P Network summarizing these findings Link survey results to Atlas Continue to analyze data, particularly around goal-specific network configurations. Possibly continue to provide information back to the F2P network Conduct network survey every two years to track the evolution of the network over time Access data from the Atlas to develop a data analytics profile of website users– connecting these results to network analysis– in collaboration with VSJF and others…
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