Network Science Research

We’ve done a lot of research and written many papers over our decades of time studying networks. Topics range from network governance and communication to network trust and strategies. Here are all our peer-reviewed articles and other scientific papers free to read and use for non-commercial purposes. Check back for new network science research – we’re always publishing new findings and sharing new papers!

Health System Patient Referrals for Unmet Social Needs
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Health System Patient Referrals for Unmet Social Needs: Exploring the Capacity of Community-Based Organizations to Absorb Them

We conducted this research to better understand the capacity of community organizations to abosrb health system patient referrals for unmet social needs. This study examines the perspectives, resources, role and services provided by community-based organisations (CBOs) in response to the integration of health and social

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Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors (PRACTIS) Toolkit

This toolkit demonstrates how to use the PARTNER platform for coordinating and assessing recovery networks. Based on a partnership between VNL, RAND, and the NY State Health Department, the use case is focused on response networks after Hurricane Sandy.  The RAND Corporation, in partnership with

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Evaluating Networks using PARTNER
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Evaluating Networks Using PARTNER: A Social Network Evaluation Tool

Today, cross-sector partners are working together and utilizing a systems approach to solve and tackle complex social problems facing their communities. While building cross-sector organizational networks has become a best practice in solving complex problems, there is little guidance or evidence on how it can

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Structural Holes and Networks
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Structural Holes and Networks

The theory of structural holes and networks suggests that intentional leaving gaps between members of a network provides certain key advantages. Tightly interconnected networks are full of redundant information – you don’t necessarily need to actively work with everything in a coalition to fully leverage

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The Strength of Weak Ties

The Strength of Weak Ties was one of the most important network science theories in existence. In 1973, Mark Granovetter wrote his landmark paper studying how people get jobs through their personal networks. Contrary to expectations, Mark found that people typically get new jobs through

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Implications of Network Structure on Public Health Collaboratives

Interorganizational collaboration is an essential function of public health agencies. These partnerships form social networks that involve diverse types of partners and varying levels of interaction. Such collaborations are widely accepted and encouraged, yet very little comparative research exists on how public health partnerships develop

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How to Identify Success Among Networks that Promote Active Living

Objectives. We evaluated organization- and network-level factors that influence organizations’ perceived success. This is important for managing interorganizational networks, which can mobilize communities to address complex health issues such as physical activity, and for achieving change. Methods. In 2011, we used structured interview and network

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Contributions of Health Care Coalitions to Preparedness and Resilience: Perspectives From Hospital Preparedness Program and Health Care Preparedness Coalitions

Objective: The purpose of this article was to describe how the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and other health care coalitions conceptualize and measure progress or success and to identify strategies to improve coalition success and address known barriers to success. Methods: We conducted a structured

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Patterns in PARTNERing across Public Health Collaboratives

Abstract: Inter-organizational networks represent one of the most promising practice-based approaches in public health as a way to attain resources, share knowledge, and, in turn, improve population health outcomes. However, the interdependencies and effectiveness related to the structure, management, and costs of these networks represents

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The Influence of Teaching Methodology on Student Social Interaction

In this paper, we explore the effects of various teaching methodologies on the social interactions reported by university students in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Specifically, we will answer the question: How do different teaching methodologies affect the formation

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Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships
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Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships

As collaborative networks become an increasingly common tool for public and non-profit managers to reach their goals, we conducted research that explores the unique contributions and attributes of nonprofit partners in these networks. Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships. Below is the abstract for the

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Data Driven Management Strategies for Networks
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Data-Driven Management Strategies in Public Health Collaboratives

The objective of this article is to demonstrate a data-driven management approach to effectively implement quality improvement (QI) in public health collaboratives. Using a modeled simulation, this article utilizes network data to demonstrate strategic management approaches. Design: This article uses simulated data to demonstrate the

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Dimensions of Connectivity
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Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives

A major challenge facing state and local public health agencies is how to partner with other organizations, agencies, and groups to collaboratively address goals in population health while effectively maximizing resource sharing of the partners involved. Today’s public health efforts require multiagency partnerships between both

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Social capital and health care access
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Social Capital & Health Care Access: A Systematic Review

There is a growing interest in community-level characteristics such as the relationship or link between social capital and health care access. To assess the rigor with which this construct has been empirically applied in research on health care access, a systematic review was conducted. A

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