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The PARTNER Tool is an easy to use, start to finish, social network analysis tool for organizational network analysis.

PARTNER takes the guess work out collecting, analyzing, and making sense of network data. Our 3000+ users agree that PARTNER is easy to use, and full of data analytics & visualizations for deep insight, at a fraction of what it costs to run a whole project on your own.

Using PARTNER is like getting a Project Manager, Evaluator, Statistician, and Strategist all in one easy to use tool, saving you endless hours of staff time trying to figure out how to collect and makes sense of your network maps! PARTNER includes:

  • Online modifiable surveys, with a default survey to get you started, based in network science and over 3000+ research projects; modify and add to it!

  • An online customizable email system to collect data, complete with an intuitive reminder system

  • Analysis tools with powerful visualizations, scores that include network measures AND measures of trust, value, resource contribution, outcomes, and options to include your own metrics making it easy to translate the data to action and strategies

  • A completely clean data set that feeds into a dashboard of visualizations and other analytics - you never have to clean your data or figure out how to construct a data file! Easily export data as an excel file that you can import into any other visualization or statistical tool without any data cleaning

  • Easy access to reports that save you hours of time and provide insight and sense-making of the data and maps.

ABOUT PARTNER

PARTNER is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people/organizations. The tool is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and designed for use by collaboratives/coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected, how resources are leveraged and exchanged, the levels of trust, and to link outcomes to the process of collaboration. The tool includes an online survey that you can administer to collect data and an analysis program that analyzes these data.  By using the tool, you will be able to demonstrate to stakeholders, partners, evaluators, and funders how your collaborative activity has changed over time and progress made in regard to how community members and organizations participate.

When you buy a license to use PARTNER, you invest in an entire organizational network analysis project. This gives you access to the PARTNER default survey tool, online system to make data collection easy, data storage, automated data cleaning (that’s right, you never have to configure any data!), and a comprehensive data visualization and analysis tool.

Using PARTNER, you will be able to analyze relationships in three ways:

  1. Create visuals (similar to the image to the right) to see who is connected to whom.

  2. Assess network scores including metrics on the number and quality of relationships, the trust between partners, the value that each partner brings to the larger collaborative, and assessments of the roles that each member of the collaborative play based on how they are connected to others.

  3. Assess outcomes measures to indicate process and products achieved as a result of collaborating across sectors.

Questions you can answer using the PARTNER Tool

“Do gaps, vulnerabilities, and inefficiencies exist among partnerships?”

“Which relationships in my network need to develop greater trust?“

How can I demonstrate collaborative success & growth to funders & supporters?”

“What can I do to manage my coalition’s resources more strategically?”

Benefits of Using the Tool

PARTNER is unique from other social network analysis tools because this tool includes both a survey and an analysis tool. The survey is linked to the analysis tool, allowing you to analyze your data with a simple command to “upload” your data. It requires no data cleaning or creation of a network survey from scratch. PARTNER provides a comprehensive set of tools that take you from start to finish, and puts you in control of when your survey is administered and the results are analyzed.  With PARTNER, you can:

Evaluate how well your collaborative is working in terms of identifying the “right” partners, leveraging resources, and strategizing for how to improve the work of the collaborative.

Demonstrate to partners, stakeholders, evaluators, and funders how your collaborative is progressing over time and why working together is making tangible change.

Engage in strategic collaborative management to develop action steps and implement change to reap the benefits of social networking.

How it Works

  • One person is designated as the “Manager”. This person will identify who will be asked to participate in the survey and is responsible of for data management.

  • Members of the collaborative answer surveys online.

  • The Manager stores the data and imports it into the PARTNER tool.

  • Together, the Manager and members of the collaborative discuss results and next steps.

  • Elements of the Tools

  • The following are examples of data that will be collected.

    • Identification of partners within the collaboration.

    • Record of the frequency of interactions.

    • Elements of the strength and quality of the interactions.

    • Measures of trust and value within the collaboration.

    • Network scores to report and illustrate changes to collaboration activity over time.

    • Outcomes measures related to success of the collaborative, products and programs developed, and change to relationships among members of the collaborative are provided.

Resources for Using PARTNER

To get started, register as a “Manager” here: http://www.partnertool.net/survey/register.php 

To pay for PARTNER, go here: https://www.visiblenetworklabs.com/partner-payment

For more information on how it works, please see the PARTNER Technical Manual located here: https://visiblenetworklabs.com/partner-resource-materials

Web demos walk you through the process to use PARTNER are found here under "WEBINARS" and “WEB DEMOS”: https://www.visiblenetworklabs.com/partner-resource-materials/

Questions can be sent to partnertool@visiblenetworklabs.com.